Every day it seems more likely that a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will not be agreed upon by December 1, which means we are probably headed for a lockout.
The free agency market is expected to rapidly speed up as opposed to other past offseason periods in which highly coveted free agents signed well into Spring Training.
As we all know, the Dodgers have multiple free agents, so perhaps we could see a lot of signing in the next couple of weeks. The Dodgers kind of got the ball rolling when they nabbed left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million.
We’ll examine which free agent would be the most detrimental if the Dodgers lost, and we’ll take a short look at the situation and Plan B the Dodgers can take.
Perhaps the most emotional goodbye would be to Kershaw, the best pitcher of his generation. He’s forever ingrained in Dodger folklore. He obviously isn’t what he was once but still effective, even though he’s struggled with injuries. Losing Kershaw would be detrimental not just to the organization but to the fanbase.
Kershaw and Jansen are in a bit of the same situation. As the longest-tenured Dodgers, their relationship with the fan base and the city is more than just baseball. Jansen has the most saves in Dodger history, and it is also hard to envision him in another jersey. While the relationship between the fanbase and Jansen has been rocky, it would also be weird seeing him on another team.
Scherzer was the key acquisition at the deadline, and throughout the regular season he was outstanding. However, towards the end of the season, it seemed the wear and tear got to him, as he couldn’t pitch effectively due to the fatigue on his arm. Scherzer is towards the end of his career, but still a great pitcher. Losing would him would sting, but at his age, I do not think it is highly detrimental.
Seager is also a big fan favorite. But in my mind, he is the most likely to leave, just a gut feeling at this point. The Rangers and Yankees are rumored to be after him heavily, plus the Dodgers do have Trea Turner which is more than enough for a backup plan. Don’t get me wrong, losing Seager is going to leave a huge hole in the lineup. He was an NLCS MVP and World Series MVP for a reason.
Taylor had his best season yet, was an All-Star for the first time, and probably drove his stock up higher in the process, which is going to be difficult for the Dodgers to match. Taylor is so versatile defensively that he can play all around the field. However, that is also what drives his stock up, so the Dodgers will have some big decisions to make when making him an offer.
To the point of the article, losing in any of these guys would have its ill effects, but ultimately the Dodgers have the depth and farm system to try to piece something together and still contend. Personally, the most detrimental loss in my eyes would be Kershaw, as it would be bigger than baseball at this point.
We will have to wait and see what occurs in the offseason period, as this one may be a memorable one for Dodger fans.