5 Realistic Moves You Could See the Los Angeles Dodgers Make This Offseason
5 Moves the Dodgers Could Make This Offseason
The Los Angeles Dodgers have not been afraid to talk about some of the moves they want to make this offseason. Clayton Kershaw, Masahiro Tanaka, David Price, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford are the big names that have all been mentioned in possible transactions that could be done. They’re not the only members of team though.
Juan Uribe’s future at third base for the Dodgers is currently up in the air. Even though Paco Rodriguez was solid in the regular season, he disappeared in the postseason. That leaves free agent left hander J.P. Howell as a possibility to be re-signed.
The logjam in the outfield for the Dodgers is something the team can attempt to use to its advantage if they are actually able to trade away one of their outfielders not named Yasiel Puig. Crawford, Ethier and Kemp are all locked up through 2017 and on, so any team who attempts to trade for one of these outfielders is going to be stuck with them for a while. That may hamper any possibility of a trade.
The pitching rotation is still up in the air for the 2014 season. The only thingsI know for sure is the Dodgers are going to try real hard to re-sign Kershaw to a long term deal worth quite a bit of dollars. He’ll continue to be the ace of the staff with Zack Greinke with Hyun-Jin Ryu following quickly thereafter. Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley are both coming off injuries, and there really shouldn’t be much expected of those two. That’s where the idea of trading for Price and signing Tanaka comes in.
Out of all the rumors floating around regarding the Dodgers, these are the five realistic moves the Dodgers could make this offseason.
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5. Re-sign J.P. Howell
Paco Rodriguez was very solid in the regular season, but so was J.P. Howell. When Rodriguez struggled in the postseason it was Howell who stepped up when a lefty was called upon. Re-signing Howell as an insurance policy in case Paco struggles again would be a good idea.
4. Re-sign Juan Uribe
Who's on third is the popular question being asked these days when it comes to the Dodgers. They can put an end to the speculation by re-signing Juan Uribe. Giving Juan a one-year deal won't break the bank for the Dodgers.
3. Trade for David Price
Regardless of how I feel about this, if the Dodgers trade for David Price it shouldn't come as a shock. They have the prospects to do it, and with the questions surrounding the back end of the rotation a trade of this nature wouldn't be surprising.
2. Sign Masahiro Tanaka
With the injury concerns of Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett, signing Masahiro Tanaka would be a great move by the Dodgers.
1. Extend Clayton Kershaw
Whether or not the extension between the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw has currently hit a rough patch the deal is fully expected to get done. Kershaw deserves to get paid, and the Dodgers are fully willing to pay him.