So, based on how the offseason has gone, this is the second step in the process of free agents linked to the Dodgers. First, we heard Tuesday that the Dodgers were interested in Kenta Maeda.
Now, just like basically everyone else on the market, we’re finding out the Dodgers make the most sense because (and we’ve heard this before) they have the most money to spend.
Rinse. Dry. Repeat.
Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi updates the goings-on around Maeda.
Provided the Dodgers continue operating as they have during the free-spending tenure of owner Mark Walter, they have a good chance to sign Maeda, the star Japanese pitcher whom the Hiroshima Toyo Carp made available through the posting system earlier this month.
Not sure if Morosi has been watching this offseason, but the Dodgers have repeatedly and clearly stated their goal this offseason of getting their payroll under control. They weren’t willing to offer Zack the insane contract he wound up getting in Arizona, let alone spending the hundreds of millions more that it would’ve taken to build the super rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Greinke and David Price.
Anyway, Morosi continues with a comp of Maeda that doesn’t exactly inspire an overwhelming desire to bring him in, too.
Maeda, 27, is viewed by some baseball scouts as being comparable to Mike Leake, who is five months older and just signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Maeda is believed to prefer a team based on the West Coast, partially because of the access to flights home to Japan.
If we’re looking at that last bit as a major priority for Maeda, then the Dodgers really start to look like a match.
On the west coast, the Seattle Mariners are reportedly done making moves this winter.
Can’t imagine the Giants will spend much more on pitching when they so badly need an outfielder.
The Padres are cheap and still licking their wounds after last winter’s activity winding up in disappointment.
The Angels have already said they aren’t interested in spending big this offseason. The A’s? Don’t make me laugh.
All that leaves… The Dodgers.