The Dodgers won their latest game Tuesday against the Padres by a score of 2-1, keeping pace two games behind the San Francisco Giants. Currently, Los Angeles is still etched into that Wild Card against the Cardinals, who have won 17 straight games.
But for now, we will take a little look into the offseason and some very important pending free agents the Dodgers have. Yes, I know Seager is the biggest question, but we actually are taking a look at two pitchers. In fact, two former Cy Young Award winners in Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.
Scherzer may very well take home another Cy Young after this season, while Kershaw had lingering injury problems that limited him this year.
Kershaw wraps up a three-year $33 million contract, while the biggest acquisition at the trade deadline Max Scherzer is also set to be a free agent. In 10 starts with the Dodgers, Scherzer has been incredible 7-0 with a 1.43 ERA. Both are future Hall of Famers.
Currently, Scherzer is 37 years old and still at the top of his game, while Kershaw is 33 and still remains a great pitcher.
As a lifelong Dodger fan, the thought of Kershaw pitching in another uniform is something I cannot put together. I mean, he’s been the face of the Dodgers for well over a decade now. There has always been talk about him possibly joining his hometown Texas Rangers; but personally, I’d think he’d like to win more championships, and the Rangers are in the lower tier of baseball.
Then there’s Scherzer, who had to waive his no-trade clause to join the Dodgers, while it hasn’t really given any insight to where his mind might be this offseason. It can very much mean that Scherzer could come back or not; no one really knows.
Earlier, I had written an article that the Dodgers should do everything in their power to re-sign with the Dodgers.
I certainly think the Dodgers bring back at least one of them, but the question is do they bring back both.
Both are very great pitchers, and it seemed like the Dodgers just had an unlimited influx of pitchers in their farm system, although that depth was tested throughout the season due to their injuries.
Ultimately, this season may still determine what occurs. Again, this all speculation on my part, but if the Dodgers get bounced in the Wildcard game, it can very well be the end of an era. But, if the Dodgers make a late postseason run, in whatever happens they can ultimately run it back .
Ultimately, I think both of these pitchers just want to win at the end of the day in this stage of their careers, and Los Angeles can very well be the place to do so. You have players like Mookie Betts, Max Muncy, Walker Buehler and Trea Turner locked in for next season, and if former MVP Cody Bellinger can somehow regain his mojo, the Dodgers are still a top squad.
Ultimately, I think the Dodgers bring both back on short deals about two to three years, but Corey Seager may be another big question mark.
Scherzer will get ready for his next start Wednesday for the Dodgers when they take on the Padres for the second game of this three game series. Scherzer will oppose San Diego left hander Ryan Weathers who is 4-7 with a 5.01 ERA.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.