Since new ownership took over, there hasn’t been a player available, whether through free agency or the trade market, that the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t seem to be a player for, in one way or another. They’ve added multiple stars to their roster in the past calendar year alone, and boast an absolutely loaded roster heading into the 2013-14 offseason.
Even better for the Dodgers, all of their key players are under contract, and the only players that they’ll likely part with are players that are not integral to their success really in any way. As we head into the offseason, those players that the Dodgers part with could be replaced by much more high profile names.
There are few major names out on the free agent market, but the trade market boasts some pretty notable players as well. When you look at both, the biggest name on each list is Robinson Cano on the free agent market, while David Price could be a lock to be traded this winter.
While the Dodgers have, somewhat mistakenly, already admitted that they will not pursue Robinson Cano as a free agent this winter, they have a vacancy at second base. They seem to have more money than they know what to do with. Don’t count them out in the Cano derby.
As far as Price is concerned, it remains to be seen if the Dodgers have the pieces to pull it off. But they’ve been mentioned as a possible suitor for him through multiple reports. A top of the rotation featuring Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Price simply would not be fair.
Those are far from the only two names connected to the Dodgers as we approach the official start of the offseason. Chase Headley would help them to fill a hole at the hot corner, though the price would be higher for them trading within the division. They could shell out the cash to sign the latest Japanese import, Masahiro Tanaka. Somehow they’ve even been connected to Jacoby Ellsbury as well.
The point is that the Dodgers will once again be a team that will make some noise this winter. They have the money to play around with, and they have the staff that is willing to pull the trigger on a big move. When there’s a blockbuster at any point this winter, expect the Dodgers to be involved to some degree.