Farhan Zaidi

Thus far in free agency the Los Angeles Dodgers have largely been bystanders as they’ve focused on retooling the front office.

The Dodgers did extend a qualifying offer to Hanley Ramirez, which was more of a formality as it appears unlikely he’ll be re-signed. On Monday, the Dodgers lost out on Russell Martin, who they were believed to be interested in, though talks between the two parties reportedly never got serious.

With multiple marquee free agents still on the market, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi is focused on making “good baseball decision” that would coincide with a large payroll. With the resources to pursue big names, Zaidi said it’s led to sleepless nights, according to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:

In my last job, I never had to lose any sleep wondering about whether to pursue a big-name free agent and there are sleepless nights now,” Zaidi said. “That’s the easiest way to say it. I don’t mean to be cavalier in saying that, but that’s sort of the reality. We have to think about everybody.”

Like Andrew Friedman, Zaidi joins the Dodgers after having spent his career with a small market team. Although Stan Kasten, Friedman and Zaidi have left the door open for the Dodgers to again carry a substantial payroll, the desired direction is decrease it.

Among the players available that would command a large contract, Jon Lester and Max Scherzer are the headliners. While the Dodgers were linked to Lester at the trading deadline, the same hasn’t been true during free agency.

The demand for Andrew Miller could lead to the reliever signing a lucrative contract and while the Dodgers need bullpen help, they haven’t been tied to the lefty. As players begin to sign new contracts, the market will unfold and with it should come more clarity on the team’s direction.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

5 Responses

  1. Michael N. Norris

    Better wake up then bud…..Toronto got martin, cardinals and Braves make a swap..and you are sitting on your hands….This fan base wants to see action not sleep loss…..

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    • Steven Lewis

      Amen, when I saw that Martin signed with the Blue Jays I thought where the hell were the Dodgers? Apparently they were sitting on their hands or playing titily winks, take your choice. And it appears that talks never got started. On other FA news Jon Lester is meeting with the Braves this week while the Dodgers are playing musical chairs in the front office and no news on meeting with FA’s. Are we going to be stuck with AJ another year?

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      • LBJ666

        Did you see the size of the Martin contract ? The Dodger owners didn’t get all the resources they have making deals like that !! It would have been nice to have Martin back but at that price we can find another option.

      • Michael N. Norris

        AJ will rebound some…do not expect 290 and 20 HR’s, but I will take the .260 and 12 from 2013…..he is CK’s best buddy and for that reason alone he will be back…….fed ex and Butera are not acceptable options, but there is really no one on the trading block or free agency that would make a huge difference…

  2. Michael N. Norris

    And then they trade for another outfielder….I thought they wanted to un jam that position…..this trade makes NO SENSE

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