The last few winters have been relatively quiet for the Dodgers. They once had the highest payroll in baseball, but that philosophy has gone away under general manager Andrew Friedman. The club has now focused on developing their farm system and producing homegrown talent, a strategy that has yielded one of the most promising young cores in baseball.
What the Dodgers have not done, however, is go all-in top free agents. They haven’t acquired anybody to help push them over the top and get them that elusive World Series trophy. While they have made some big trade deadline moves in recent years such as Yu Darvish and Manny Machado, the Dodgers got them as rentals and did not extend either of them.
That may change this year, however. MLB.com writer Richard Justice published an article on Sunday naming seven teams that will define this offseason. The Dodgers of course, are listed in Justice’s story or else we wouldn’t be writing this right now.
— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) November 3, 2019
Justice points to recent reports of Friedman’s interest in trading for Francisco Lindor as well as being linked to Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon as reasons to keep a close eye on LA this offseason.
Could this be the year we see the Dodgers return to being big players in free agency?