The Los Angeles Dodgers, fresh off a championship season, are faced with several dilemmas this offseason. Several long-time cogs to the machine that has secured eight division titles in a row are currently free agents and able to sign anywhere.
Over the past few weeks, much has been made about clubhouse leader Justin Turner and his second go through free agency as a Dodger. But the team must also ponder the future of another veteran who’s been with LA for just as long as JT.
Moreover, Joc Pederson — with all of his strengths and flaws — has built quite a career with the Dodgers. He’s also built a stellar postseason resumé punctuated with a World Series championship.
And now the Dodgers face a fork in the road that feels similar to one they faced with former LA star Andre Ethier 8 years ago. Then GM Ned Colletti locked Ethier up to a 5-year, $85M deal. Of course, Dre was coming off several years of consistency and back-to-back All-Star berths. Joc is coming off one of the worst regular seasons of his career.
Still, he and the Dodgers kind of have a good thing going, even when it doesn’t always seem like it.
Recently, Molly Knight of The Atheltic opined that the Dodgers are “probably too good to pay a player like Joc” millions to be a part-time player. However, she also notes that the club might just be that better with him and “too good not to re-sign him.”
So far this offseason, the hot stove has been slow burning. As such, rumors around Joc have been hard to find, as with many free agents. While it’s likely in the best interest of his career to sign with another team this winter and rebuild his stock for another run at free agency after the 2021 season, could a return to LA make sense for both sides?
Where do you stand with the Dodgers/Pederson dilemma?