After a bunch of hype leading up to the winter meetings for the Dodgers, they came away with almost nothing. They were outbid by the Yankees for Gerrit Cole and spurned by Anthony Rendon for Orange County. It’s starting looking like another relatively quiet offseason for the Dodgers, and MLB.com columnist Richard Justice went on Hot Stove and explained why.
“They were in on it, they discussed it. Anthony Rendon did not want to play in LA, that’s basically that,” Justice said. “And they got outbid, or however you want to say it, for Gerrit Cole. I think it would be fair to say that the Yankees did a phenomenal recruiting job.”
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However, the insider said he doesn’t believe the Dodgers are done. He brought up the possibility of trading for Francisco Lindor as well as adding another starting pitcher to complement Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw. Bringing back Hyun-Jin Ryu is a possibility, although Justice claims the Dodgers have put him on hold as they explore all their options.
“They’re still going to do something,” Justice said. “But this idea that they’re going to do a major shakeup of the roster, that may not happen at the end of the day.”
Justice added that he doesn’t believe the Dodgers need a major change in the roster, he likes their current lineup that has brought them a lot of success, albeit not in October.
It seems that Andrew Friedman and company could ultimately be comfortable heading to spring training with the club as is. While reports have Los Angeles in on a Lindor trade, and/or possibly signing free agent reliever Dellin Betances, the idea of big trade deadline moves seem to suit Friedman better.