Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Players To Sever Ties With This Offseason
5 Players The Los Angeles Dodgers Shouldn't Keep This Offseason
With the MLB offseason approaching rapidly, the Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t likely to do much. They have quite a few of their star players locked up for years to come. The biggest thing the Dodgers are expected to do is re-sign starter Clayton Kershaw to a lifelong monstrous contract that he so very much deserves. A nice way to ensure the Dodgers can make a contract offer Clayton just can’t refuse would be by cutting some “dead weight” and releasing or not re-signing old veterans who just don’t have much left in the tank at this point in their career.
As we all know, Magic Johnson and company aren’t afraid to spend money, but some players on this squad just aren’t worth re-signing. There are quite a few old players on this Dodgers team, and some of their contracts are up. It wouldn’t be the smartest thing Los Angeles would do if they were to bend a little bit financially and re-sign them.
Re-signing veterans isn’t necessary for many reasons. They just don’t perform as well as they did in their younger years, and the Dodgers have a few minor league prospects that have shown in the minor leagues that they very well could be ready to perform wonderfully for Los Angeles at the big league level. Taking a chance on a young player within your organization is not only cheaper, but it shows that, as an organization, you value your prospects as more than just trade bait.
If Los Angeles were to cut ties with these five players, it would have little to no effect on them in the long run.
Jerry Hairston has been a pretty good utility man for his baseball career, but at this point, he doesn't have much left in the tank. The Dodgers shouldn't bother bringing him back because Scott Van Slyke has the ability to play the outfield and first base, which is where Jerry primarily played for Los Angeles this season. Van Slyke is not only better at this point, but younger as well.
Chris Capuano just isn't really good. There is no reason to keep him on the team at all. Having a minor league prospect pitch fifth in the rotation while waiting for Chad Billingsley to get healthy is a better option than keeping Capuano.
The eight inning used to belong to Ronald Belisario, but after the up and down year he had recently, he is now expendable. Los Angeles should spend any money they were willing to give him and use it on re-signing Brian Wilson instead.
When the Dodgers traded for Ricky Nolasco, they had to have been shocked at how well he pitched for them. Unfortunately, the month of September came along and everything fell apart for Nolasco. With Josh Beckett returning from injury and already under contract, it would be pointless to re-sign him.
With the official signing of infielder Alexander Guerrero, there is no reason to waste money on re-signing Mark Ellis. Although Ellis was adequate at second base, there is no room for him on the Dodgers anymore.