As he continues his dominance in the 2019 postseason, Geritt Cole has fans everywhere wondering if the Dodgers front office might consider going against their set-imposed rule of not giving out a long term, high-priced salary.
Regardless of how well Cole did this season, I don’t believe that the Dodgers would do that. While they may offer him a higher AAV on the three to four-year scale, they most likely won’t be in talks for a seven to eight-year deal. Ken Rosenthal put out an article this morning describing how it may just be the team that goes to eight years that finally nabs the seemingly unstoppable starter.
However, there was another story posted early this afternoon that has piqued Dodger fans’ interest. Jon Morosi published an article stating that the Dodgers will be pursuing a trade with the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Francisco Lindor.
In the article, he writes that the Dodgers front office is seemingly open to a bigger shake up than past off seasons. Since the Dodgers have mostly remained the same over the last few years and still have not been able to get that World Series win, I think such a shake up would be a good thing.
There is no doubt that Lindor would bring a new spark to this Dodgers team. Along with having one of the best smiles in all of baseball, the charismatic shortstop has been an All-Star each of his last four seasons. A switch-hitter, he consistently bats around .285 on the season, hit 32 homers last year, and is always a threat to steal. His personality and steady play would instantly make the fans who don’t already want him to come to Los Angeles excited about a trade.
So what do the Dodgers do with home-grown Corey Seager if such a trade was to happen? The most likely scenario is that they would trade him, perhaps to the Indians or perhaps to another team. Or, they could keep him and shift him to third, moving Justin Turner to first.
As stated in Morosi’s story, Seager swung at the most pitches of any other Dodger last season and has spent a bunch of his career on the injured list. He hit .272 on the season with 19 home runs and 44 doubles, and he had a hot September. But once the playoffs started, he only had three hits in 20 at bats.
Both Lindor and Seager are 25, and will be eligible for arbitration after the 2021 season. Lindor will command a higher pay grade, possibly double that of Seager’s.
Of course, we are not yet into November, and there is a long way to go before the Hot Stove really heats up. The Dodgers, as a team, like to keep their dealings pretty quiet, so there is probably little smoke to this fire. However, I would put this at a much greater chance of happening than Cole becoming a Dodger. I, for one, am excited to see exactly what shake-ups this winter holds.