Many rumors have abounded on Twitter this past weekend, with quite a few unverified accounts with ‘sources’ swearing that the Dodgers and free agent Bryce Harper have a deal in place, and that they are just waiting for the team to move some of its surplus of outfielders before they can announce it. Supposedly, Harper has stated that he wants to play in L.A., and the allure of playing deeper in the playoffs than the opening round is surely there.
While many Dodger fans would be excited by this, the chance that these accounts are correct is very slim. This front office is not going to give Harper what he is wanting—a long term, record breaking contract. The interesting thing to watch play out is if the front office somehow offers a contract to Harper that is shorter, but maybe a higher AAV. Still, staying under the luxury tax seems very important to this front office, so if I was a betting woman, I’d say the Dodgers do not ultimately sign Bryce Harper. (Prove me wrong, nerds).
Wilson Ramos, who the Dodgers have had discussions with last week, signed with the New York Mets over the weekend. He supposedly did not want to sign for only one year, which the gig with the Dodgers would be. The Angels are looking into Yasmani Grandal. The Atlanta Braves are also reported to be out on J.T. Realmuto, so the Marlins are going to have to decide if they really are going to part with their catcher and come down on the asking price for the remaining teams that are still looking for a catcher, or not.
In the end, I’m guessing the Dodgers make a lower-key trade for someone like Francisco Cervelli of the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is kind of what I see overall, too—trading their surplus of outfielders for smaller moves that solidify the team, but no big moves being made. Despite the fact that the Dodgers have lost two straight World Series, this front office’s MO is not going overboard on spending, or in trading of prospects. The Dodgers could and should win the NL West easily again next year, and they very well may be content to see how things shake out throughout the first half of the season and re-evaluating in July. I am bracing myself for this, while again saying, prove me wrong, nerds.