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Dodgers, Andrew Friedman Need to Make Big Move Says Ken Rosenthal

The Dodgers need to make a move.



This could be the Dodgers’ off-season if all breaks right, but the issue is, Friedman and company have to seize the moment. Expecting the Dodgers to do so by pulling the trigger on a top-notch free agent is probably not the best considering their recent history, but with money to spend, prospects to trade, and insane depth, this seems like the most likely offseason for a move.

According to multiple sources, the Dodgers have already met with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon in the past few weeks to demonstrate a willingness to spend. The Dodgers simply cannot finish as runner-ups on all three free agents this off-season. They can’t afford to upset the fan base more can they?

In a recent column by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Rosenthal gives the Dodgers fan base a voice:

It is time for a big move and there are really no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They have to seize the moment.

Rosenthal did provide some hope in the form of a quote from President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman:

“If you’re always rational about every free agent, you will finish third on every free agent.”

This excerpt, though, is what really does it:

Cole, though, looms as a transformative figure for any team that signs him. If the money is close, he almost certainly would prefer to return to the National League with the Dodgers than stay in the AL with the lesser Angels. The Yankees present a different kind of allure. Cole is a native of Newport Beach, Ca., who attended UCLA, Dave Roberts’ alma mater. But he grew up a Yankees fan and his sister, Erin, recently passed the New York State bar and is practicing law in New York.

The Dodgers might be a preference to Cole over the Angels which would mean that their main competition is the New York Yankees — this is excellent news coming from an excellent reporter with excellent sources. Yes, this is excellent.

Here’s my take on the situation in a few characters:

Do you believe the Dodgers will sign a marquee free agent this off-season and/or trade for one? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Unless Cole, Stras, or Rendon are going to sign a 3 year deal don’t see anything major happening. Rendon is the only one out of the 3, that I have read, would be interested in a short term deal. The “BIG” move they should’ve done was fire Dave Roberts!

  2. We can have our cake and eat it too by not having to trade anybody and getting everything we need on the free agent market. This is a rare opportunity don’t let it go to waste or we’re going to boycott your greedy ass*s

  3. I AGREE , I WANT TO BELIEVE JANSEN WILL HAVE A GOOD YEAR .BUT IF FOR SOME REASON HE BLOWS HIS CHANCES IN GAMES , ,ROBERTS WILL STICK WITH HIM ANYWAYS UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE HE KNOWS ” Z E R O ” ABOUT PITCHING CHANGES AND GOES MORE ON BEING THE NICE GUY TO JANSEN , JUST ONE OF HIS NOT KNOWING MUCH ABOUT MANAGING AND RELIED A LOT ON HONEYCUTT GLAD HE IS GONE .GOOD LUCK DODGERS, GET SOME RELIABLE PITCHING ,JUST A ADDED NOTE.

  4. Lifelong Dodger fan here who is boycotting this season and every other season, until both Friedman and Roberts get canned! Simple as that. No wasting my money going to games and no watching Dodgers on tv, includes Sunday Night Baseball.
    Both men should’ve been fired back in 2017. I pray other Dodger fans will wake up! Stop filling up Dodger Stadium, Guggenheim won’t do anything if everyone keeps going to the park!

    • Obviously I agree with one of the people that should’ve been fired. What exactly do you want Friedman to do? Trade the farm? Sign 30 year old FAs to 6 plus year contracts? You act like winning the world series is just another walk in the park. Friedman is producing a winning team every year by not trading the farm or weighing down the team by long term contracts. I’d rather be the guy looking forward to a 100 win season then a 100 loss season. Be grateful and stop the whining about all the money they make and don’t spend. It’s a business and they are producing. Your money won’t be missed because there’s millions of fans out there grateful to have a team like the Dodgers to watch.

      • A winning team until it comes time to win the big one. A 100 win season B.F.D. Friedman signs the big stars like A.J. Pollock, whoop de doo. Scott Alexander? Joe Kelly? Russell Martin? The best F.A. he’s ever signed has been David Freese.

        • Signing FAs to long term contracts just doesn’t make sense. It’s not exact math FA+FA= World Series Ring. He keeps throwing a winning team out there, eventually that ring will come our way. Until then, I’m grateful for watching a winning team.

  5. I’m just shocked at the comments. Many people must not remember the McCourt years. The Dodgers are one of…if not the best teams in MLB…yet people are mentioning boycott? I know everyone wants a World Series and I do but hell…this is crazy.

    Ask other fans if they would trade their owners for the Dodgers owners right now.

    I get the frustration…it is frustrating. I agree Roberts made some bad decisions…but to even say boycott is mind-numbing. The payroll is over 200,000 million…what more do you want? 300,000 million? Well, it was or close to it a few years ago and they were not any closer.

  6. Sign one free agent frontline pitcher plus Ryu and one good reliever. Sign either Rendon or trade for Lindor.
    The coup de jour trade for Mookie Betts ! Do these and you have a Dynasty!

  7. No the Dodgers will not sign anyone. They will trade guys they shouldn’t and get nothing in return. Friedman had and easy 4 year window to win a World Series and failed.

  8. Unforunately we do not have a guy (Andrew Friedman) who will pull the trigger. For the last several years we only signed A.J. Poluck and look how that turned out. We can’t even commit to signing one of our own (Hyun – Jin Ryu) let alone Anthony Rendon. Another team with potencial but again fail to win the big prize!

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