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Dodgers Identified as Best Fits for Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Will Smith by The Athletic

The Dodgers might be poised for a huge offseason.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals throws out George Springer (not pictured) of the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have the money to spend and the assets to expend this offseason. They have exactly what it takes to land a big name like Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts. The two biggest free agents, though, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon, might be even more likely pieces to head to the Dodgers.

According to former Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden, the Dodgers are best fits for the services of both ace Gerrit Cole and superstar Anthony Rendon — and it makes sense.

Bowden is very well-versed in baseball and free agency, obviously, as he was a general manager for quite some time. According to him, the Dodgers could make some big splashes.

Gerrit Cole

A UCLA boy, Gerrit Cole has some roots down in Los Angeles. However, according to a recent press conference, Cole made it known that moving west is not a preference. Still, he will go wherever he gets paid the most. Money talks. Bowden puts the value of Cole’s contract in the neighborhood of an 8-year, $288 million deal.

Anthony Rendon

Rendon, the recent World Series champion, is a bonafide superstar. He does not represent a seamless fit for the Dodgers with Justin Turner on the roster, but for a player of Rendon’s caliber, you make the necessary adjustments. The Dodgers could definitely use Rendon’s right-handed bat to balance out the lefties in the lineup just as any team could. According to Bowden, Rendon is set to receive a contract in the 7-year, $231 million range.

Will Smith

With a limited amount of impact relievers on the market, Will Smith should command a decent salary in free agency. The Dodgers have an obvious need with their relief pitching corps and Smith would be an excellent left-handed complement to Kenley Jansen and Joe Kelly. Bowden is predicting Smith’s deal to be in the 3-year, $39 million range — an overpay for a reliever.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 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. We don’t need Rendon or Lindor.Only Cole and Kenta can replace Jansen as the closer.Lindor playing in Dodger stadium will hit less hrs so don’t judge him on averaging 30+ hrs last 3 years.Seager will be a superior hitter than lindor.All we need is a good manager not an analytical idiot.

  2. The Dodgers will never pay $36M per year for 8 years to Cole or $33M per year to Rendon. And no other team should either. Paying a pitcher more than $1M per start is obscene! See Kershaw and Greinke as examples. Not good business and bad for baseball.

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