It was expected once the offseason hit that the Los Angeles Dodgers would go full force after free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano because it makes sense for him to be there. The Dodgers have the money, prospects and the will to spend some cash to win a championship. However, the Dodgers went with Alexander Guerrero instead of Cano, which draws some question marks but it looks like the Dodgers are going to spend its money elsewhere.
Peter Gammons is reporting that Los Angeles has its sights set on upgrading its pitching this offseason. The Dodgers are targeting Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price and Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka once he is available to be posted for free agency. The Dodgers are clearly not happy with the back end of the rotation behind Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw and now it looks like furious spending will begin.
The good thing about the Dodgers is that they have some good prospects to swing a deal with the Rays to acquire Price. Tampa Bay is never going to afford Price’s market-value salary that he will most certainly be asking for once his time to hit the market comes. Price going to Los Angeles gives him the best chance to contend for a World Series title.
Los Angeles is going to have to wait for Major League Baseball to reach an agreement with Nippon League Baseball on a posting system before Tanaka can be eligible for free agency. The Dodgers will probably have to contend with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox for Tanaka. Something they are probably willing to do.