“Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go, there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know”
The Winter Meetings are here, and by the end of the week, we should have a much better feel for how the team will look next season. It always is a little bit of an anxious time for me, wondering who will remain and who will be gone. And, who any new additions could be.
First, some news! The Dodgers have re-signed Rich Hill to a three year, $48 million contract. I’m very happy that he chose to remain in LA, and am very much looking forward to watching that fun little hop off the mound for the next three years. He may not give 200+ innings a season, but he was the best free agent available on the market, and a great story to boot.
Right now, there are so many rumors. Some are good —
I would love for JT to remain in LA, and I’m happy to hear that he loves playing for LA too. As a major free agent this winter, the fact that he would like to stay can only help the Dodgers in keeping him. Clayton Kershaw had said that this team had some of the greatest chemistry of any team he’s ever been on, and to keep that as much intact as possible could be most beneficial. These guys have unfinished business to attend to.
This also pleases me, in that the Giants would not get Kenley Jansen. While I understand Mark Melancon is also a very good closer, having yours go to your biggest rival would be a huge blow, both in loss and having to face him however many times a year. But, there are also thoughts that the Marlins would be heavy on Jansen. They have not hidden the fact they are in on all three of the major closers, Jansen, Melancon, and Aroldis Chapman. Don Mattingly of the Marlins is very familiar with Kenley. I do have a feeling that Kenley is gone. One can only wonder if the Dodgers being so close to acquiring Chapman last year did anything to sour Jansen’s thoughts of staying in LA.
A new rumor that interests me is the Dodgers being interested in Andrew McCutchen.
I think he deserves to play out his years in Pittsburgh, but as one of my favorite players not on the Dodgers, I would be delighted to have him. His production has been down, but I think you would be hard pressed to find a better person. Presumably, he would have to move to a corner position, as Joc Pederson is already in center, but if he’s willing to do so and a trade works, he would be an incredible addition to the Dodgers outfield. I’ve always wanted to have him, I just didn’t think he’d ever be available. Of course, it would take a lot of prospects to get McCutchen, and I’m fairly certain that’s more than they’re willing to deal at this point. It’s a nice thought though.
Second base is still up in the air. Brian Dozier‘s name has become more prominent in that capacity, who would be coming to LA in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. The Dodgers have said that they are more into signing free agents than trades, but there remains a hole there.
So who will be gone? Howie Kendrick has already departed for Philly. The Dodgers are said to be shopping both Scott Kazmir and. Brandon McCarthy. With both pitchers coming off injuries, I will be interested to see who they would receive in return. Maybe one or both to Minnesota for Dozier? Yasiel Puig‘s name still remains high in trade rumors. The Dodgers are at 39 on the 40-man roster, and would need to trade or DFA players to sign new ones. One would assume that Rich Hill would that the 40th spot.
In any case, no one knows what the next week will bring. Maybe we’ll all be shocked, maybe the team will look pretty much the same, with the exception of one or two guys. Best case scenario for me is re-signing both Turner and Jansen, keeping Puig, and getting an upgrade at second base. I’m not holding my breath.