We have now entered full offseason mode, and there will be periods in which rumors will come and go, some true and some not. Us as fans love to speculate, and it’s part of baseball fandom. The past couple of offseason periods were quite dry early and nothing did not really happen till closer to Spring Training, let’s hope there’s more clarity this time around, even as the chance of a strike looms.
The Dodgers have several big-name impending free agents this winter such as Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, and Chris Taylor. However, we won’t be taking a look at them this time around. We will take a look at other free agents the Dodgers could possibly sign if they fail to retain these players.
Once again this is all baseball fandom speculation, but I’ll be laying out why it can make sense for both sides.
Starling Marte – Outfielder
For Marte, there have been a few rumors of him possibly joining the Dodgers in the past. The 33-year-old outfielder was most recently with the Oakland Athletics after getting traded from the Miami Marlins mid-season. I know many of you will probably not be fond of the Dodgers signing a 33-year-old outfielder, but with Taylor having the career year he just had that definitely raised his stock for other clubs.
The services for Marte will have a long list of teams surely, but the Dodgers are still poised to be a contending team. Last year, Marte stole a league-leading 47 bases, while also batting .310 with a WAR at 4.7. Not to mention his glove — he is a stellar outfielder and a two-time gold glove winner. If the Dodgers lose Taylor who can essentially play all around the field, adding Marte would give the Dodgers insane flexibility, also allowing Lux to go back to the infield.
Raisel Iglesias – Relief Pitcher
The 31-year-old Cuban closer spent last season with the crosstown rival Angels. Iglesias has 140 career saves and could be a possible replacement if Jansen were to walk. Let’s also not forget there’s a big question mark regarding Joe Kelly as well as Corey Knebel entering free agency.
This past season Iglesias had 34 saves and a 2.57 ERA. He recorded 103 strikeouts and a WAR of 2.8. Iglesias will probably warrant some type of closer money, so it will be interesting to look at the market for him. With uncertainty regarding the bullpen, Iglesias and the Dodgers could make sense for each other.
Marcus Stroman – Pitcher
The Dodgers currently have two starting pitchers who are free agents in Scherzer and Kershaw. Dustin May won’t be ready for the beginning of the season, and Bauer did exercise his option but we all know that situation. So in reality, the Dodgers pretty much only have Julio Urias and Walker Buehler in their starting rotation.
Stroman, in my eyes, was one of the more underrated free agency signings last year. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 3.03 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 179 innings and a WHIP of 1.15. The Mets, Padres, and Angels all are expected to pursue Stroman.
The Dodgers had one of the deeper pitching rotations at the beginning of the season but now depleted by injuries and other external factors there are holes to be filled, so I’d expect at least the Dodgers to do their due diligence with Stroman.
These are just three free agents I feel the Dodgers could target. Obviously, there are plenty more and Andrew Friedman and Company always seemingly seem to find that one hidden gem free agent every winter.