Baseball has displayed a trend of late of teams signing players to contract extensions well before their free agency hits. Indeed, the most prominent example is Anaheim keeping Mike Trout on a monster extension.
Now, there’s some talk that the Dodgers could be looking to do the same with some in their young core. Furthermore, Dodgers head man Andrew Friedman recently talked with Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times about the matter.
Extensions! You hear that word so often these days. But what does it really mean? Learn more here, including Scott Boras explaining the concept of “snuff contracts.” https://t.co/q4BEnyxP5O
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 6, 2019
Friedman tells McCullough that an extension can relax some players, while serving as a motivator for others.
“There are certain players where giving that security allows them to blossom and play even better,” Friedman said. “And certain guys play really well with that carrot in front of their face, and that extra, added motivator helps get the most out of them. It’s imperative to figure out which group different guys fall into. But I wouldn’t be surprised if within the next 12 months we do some.”
Still, how about that? Friedman said that something could be in the works in the next year. Certainly, he has to be thinking about the names Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Corey Seager right? It’s exciting to hear the organization taking a somewhat open-minded approach to this group. It’s important to keep them locked up in Dodger blue for a long time.
Moreover, Clayton Kershaw talked about what it’s like trying to play your way into an extension in a big market city like Los Angeles.
“The good and bad about being a player in a big market is they can kind of just let you go through the arbitration process,” Kershaw said. “They don’t need a discount. That’s a situation that all of us are in with a big-market team. They’re not coming to you with a really discounted offer. They’re going to let you play through it — and you’ve got to play well, for a really long time.”
Without question, every team has their model. No two organizations in baseball are run the same way, and the Dodgers have shown their appetite for the arbitration process. With that being said – every case is different. Several Dodgers are exhibiting play that says a different model of business may be necessary.
What does your Extension Look Like?
If you were in the Dodgers’ front office, what kind of contract extensions would you be offering to Bellinger, Buehler, and Seager right now? Let us know in the comments below!
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