As we tick closer to the end of November, the Dodgers still haven’t made a big splash this offseason. Some depth moves and roster alteration has happened, but each of LA’s top five free agents are still on the open market and free to sign with any team.
But don’t think of that as a reason for worry. Things are going according to plan.
Shortly after the season, Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, said he would give every free agent some time to explore the market and figure out what is best for them and their families. Still, the hope amongst Dodger brass is that LA can bring back everyone from the 2021 team.
Of course, that’s simply not a reality.
However, there are players that Friedman is keeping a closer eye on and certainly keeping better communication with. On Wednesday, Andrew joined MLB Network’s High Heat where, among other things, he talked about star free agent shortstop Corey Seager. As you can imagine, he took the diplomatic approach in his statement.
Seager’s obviously meant a great deal to us looking back. And I think we have a pretty demonstrative track record with guys that we know well and have been with us. We’ll be aggressive to try to retain. That being said, we have a lot of other really talented players as well and a whole payroll to look at and manage. He’s a great player. He’s gonna get a great contract rightfully so and time will tell how it kind of plays out.
This once again falls in line with what Friedman has echoed all offseason long. The Dodgers would love Seager — and everyone else — back, but payroll limitations are a reality and the team has quality talent already set in house if someone like Seager or Kenley Jansen or whoever may walk this offseason.
Corey Seager is one of the most coveted free agents this winter. And with links to the Yankees, Rangers, and Tigers that we know of so far, there’s definitely no shortage of suitors for the two-time All-Star. After game 6 of the NLCS, the 27-year-old spoke warmly of his time with the Dodgers and expressed a desire to return. But that was in the height of an emotional moment for a team that had just been eliminated.
The door is absolutely not closed for Corey. In this writer’s opinion, there’s better than a 50/50 shot that he returns to Los Angeles on a long-term deal this offseason. But if does sign elsewhere, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising. Andrew Friedman has been softly putting that possibility in our heads all offseason long.