Free agency during the 2020 Winter Meetings is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Players and front office executives are forced to meet via zoom and over the phone due to the pandemic, creating an atmosphere that does not seem to be producing much movement on the market. For the Dodgers, there’s been almost nothing to come out of the Winter Meetings.
The good news is that eventually, the Dodgers are likely going to do something that turns some heads. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal seems to believe that the big move they make is signing Trevor Bauer to a deal this offseason. Rosenthal made the prediction today on the Talkin’ Baseball podcast.
I have a different team: the Dodgers…I would imagine if it was the Dodgers, that is the kind of deal it would be, that is the kind of deal they generally prefer. I just see him being in a big market. He obviously is mindful of his profile, he wants to do things to promote the game, to promote the players. And what better place to do that than in LA or in New York for that matter?
The deal that Kenny is referencing is a high annual average shorter term that the Dodgers have been known to offer. Los Angeles had reportedly offered that type of contract to both Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper during their free agency runs.
So far, it seems as though all of the big-name organizations are in on Bauer. The Angels, Padres, Mets, and Yankees have all been rumored in recent weeks. But if Bauer were to choose the Dodgers, it would match up well with what he is looking for. The reigning NL Cy Young winner wants to expand the reach of the game, but he has also said in years past that he does not want a long contract. We’ll see.
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