Labeled as a team with seemingly endless money to spend, the Los Angeles Dodgers refrained from throwing piles of money at their needs this offseason. Instead, they’ve paid salaries to trade players (read: Dan Haren and Matt Kemp), and cut loose Brian Wilson along with $9.5 million remaining in the final year of his deal.
Rather than spend $210 million on Max Scherzer, $155 million for Jon Lester, or commit to James Shields for $75 million, the Dodgers signed Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal and Brett Anderson for one year.
Although the anticipated spending spree this offseason has yet to occur, the expectation is that may soon change now that Yoan Moncada was cleared by Major League Baseball to sign as a free agent. The Dodgers’ deep pockets have them pegged by some as the favorite to sign the 19-year-old Cuban talent and they’ve already held a private workout for the young infielder.
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Dodgers will be among the teams who watch another Moncada workout this week:
The Cubs, Dodgers and D-backs are all expected to watch Moncada work out in Florida this week. The Padres conducted a private workout for him on Monday.
As Sanchez notes, Moncada recently worked out for the San Diego Padres, who have been extremely active this offseason and are reportedly prepared to aggressively bid for him. While the Dodgers presumably will be involved in Moncada’s free agency, they may have some concerns:
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Don Mattingly attended a private workout by Moncada earlier this month. However, the club has serious reservations about the 19-year-old because of the extreme cost, a source told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
The information Gurnick received contradicts a New York Post report that quoted one NL West source as saying the Dodgers ‘are going to go crazy’ for Moncada. The penalties for signing Moncada certainly aren’t the most favorable, though for a talent of his magnitude they may be more than worth the cost of doing business.
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