The Dodgers are facing the possibility of losing 7 guys from the 2020 World Series team. That reality certainly has not gone over the head of President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. After all, it’s his job to field a tea, capable of going back-to-back in 2021.
Friedman made an appearance on MLB Network Radio this week, and one of the things he talked about was offseason plans. For Friedman, there are 2 big things on this wish list for the Dodgers heading into the winter months.
Adding a reliever or two is something that we’re going to keep an eye on and kind of sift through. Really for us, it’s about identifying the talent in a vacuum but also then trying to get as many diversified looks as you can in the pen. This year, we really liked our pen and our pen was a big part of our success…and then I think a right-handed bat. With our positional versatility and flexibility, we have some options on where that possible could fit.
What Friedman did not say was if these 2 additions are before or after they try to resign some of their pending free agents. The Dodgers will more than likely add Justin Turner back into the fold, but it sounds like they are trying to replace Enrique Hernandez. DJ LeMahieu is a right-handed bat that will be available, but who knows if that’s the sort of talent they’re after.
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In terms of bullpen arms, there are several guys available that could fill out some spots in the Dodgers bullpen. Jake McGee, Pedro Baez, Alex Wood, and Blake Treinen are all arms that Los Angeles could potentially be losing if they are not able to resign. Top-tier arms like Brad Hand and Liam Hendriks are out there but will come with a hefty price tag.
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