Yet another week has gone by without baseball, and the offseason period remains quiet. Only speculation continues to swirl around the baseball world, as fans continue to refresh their Twitter feeds in hopes of finding the latest rumors.
Just a quick side note, if you haven’t watched the Dodgers World Series Documentary, it is a must-watch. It’s available on Blu-Ray, DVD or you may catch it on FS1 sometime. It is narrated by the one and only Vin Scully.
Well, back to the offseason.
The right-handed hitting Soto made his big league debut in 2020 and was an 11-year minor league veteran, playing mainly shortstops and second base as well as a little bit of third. Ironically, he made his MLB debut against the Dodgers. The 31-year-old went 2-for-6 with a double over his three major league appearances.
The Dodgers are also reported to have an interest in right-handed reliever Ryne Stanek. He spent the past season with the Marlins, but before that, he spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman drafted Stanek back in 2013 with the 29th overall pick.
Last year, we saw Friedman sign one of his former players just before the season in Jake McGee, and that turned out quite well.
Stanek is known as a flamethrower and could be on the cheaper side of relievers. He was used regularly as an opener for the Rays and struggled in that role. Before that, he was quite a nice bullpen arm in the middle innings. He struggled heavily during the 2020 season and therefore may be a high-risk, high reward player this offseason, depending on his salary demands.
However, a deal with Stanek would be what I call a classic Dodger deal, as Freidman and Company often find these hidden gems that turn out to be a key piece of the team.
As far as rumors go, there isn’t much else out there for the Dodgers with the market staying quite stagnant.
The Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the first half of the season was released Friday morning, and the Dodgers only have one game schedule on the ESPN late Sunday night slate when they will host the Padres in late April.
I’d personally think the defending champions would have more games scheduled, but it looks like East Coast teams will see more national coverage.