Tom Verducci of MLB Network stopped by the Rich Eisen Show on Oct. 25 to discuss World Series as well as the direction of several teams who are on the outside looking in. After touching on the Yankees, Eisen asked Verducci where he thinks the Dodgers are headed following their disappointing October.
Verducci revealed that he was surprised the Dodgers fell short as he felt this was their best chance to win out of the previous years.
“With Kershaw, Ryu, and Buehler I thought this was a team that could let the starters go a little deeper in the game,” Verducci told Eisen. “And offensively I thought they were varied enough to win.”
Verducci then brought up Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole and the Dodgers chances of signing him this winter. Cole will be a free agent following the World Series and has expressed his desire to pitch on the west coast, but Verducci does not believe he will land in Los Angeles.
“That has not been the way they operate under Andrew Friedman,” Verducci said. “They haven’t been going out there and buying up huge free agents. They’ve extended some of their own, Jansen and Kershaw, but they haven’t been a big player on the big name guys.”
He did however, go on to say that if Cole is available, then the Dodgers or any team should at the very least kick the tires on him and see what his price tag will be. Ultimately, Verducci sees Cole signing with the Angels or another west coast team.
Moreover, while he doesn’t believe the Dodgers will be big spenders, he still likes team that they will be bringing back in 2020.
“This kid Gavin Lux, the youngster at second base, is going to be a player. Will Smith was a rookie behind the plate,” Verducci said. “I think this (season) hurt more than the last few. But again I’m talking about a team that I think is going to be, again, odds-on favorite to win their division next year.”
What are your thoughts on Verducci’s assessment?