The Dodgers, possibly baseball’s best-run franchise, opted to do subsequent to nothing this winter past importing two title gamers — J.D. Martinez and Noah Syndergaard — off down years on their most well-liked one-year contracts. This stunning technique has understandably triggered a lot curiosity and lots of theories.
After wonderful offers for superstars Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman lately, L.A. made just one spirited try at a big-time free agent (they had been outbid for Justin Verlander) and didn’t even change many main contributors misplaced, together with shortstop Trea Turner, longtime Dodger Justin Turner, All-Star Tyler Anderson and former MVP Cody Bellinger. Their payroll is down traditionally, from a record-tying $290 million by about $60 million.
Amongst many theories with potential validity are 1) they wished to reset their tax charge; 2) they didn’t just like the mega offers being signed; 3) they don’t thoughts giving an opportunity to their children in one in all baseball’s best pipelines; and 4) the concept that the postseason is a crapshoot gained steam when their 111-win crew went out early to a earlier patsy, the Padres. One concept that doesn’t maintain water is that their wonderful possession group is distracted by their latest buy of a part of the Lakers.
One different concept is that they’re saving up for an excellent shinier object within the close to future, and that might be the incomparable two-way star Shohei Ohtani, a free agent subsequent winter. The competitors for the once-in-a-century, two-way celebrity ought to be intense, and sure, count on the Dodgers to be in there.
Whereas rumors will persist he prefers to keep away from an enormous metropolis, these near Ohtani say his tastes could have modified from his first free-agent tour. Anyway, even when L.A. being the second-biggest market could also be a slight damaging, the Dodgers do have two large benefits.
They consider the West Coast is a plus; six of seven finalists 5 years in the past together with the Dodgers had been west of the Mississippi. Plus, after years of frustration 45 miles down I-5 within the OC, being a perennial winner — the Dodgers posted a traditionally good profitable proportion over a six-year interval — absolutely is a promoting level. Whereas the Dodgers both tried for shorter offers or handed on some large stars over the previous few years, the very best income NL crew ought to have loads of cash saved up. And Ohtani could also be irresistible, understandably so.