I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and a good start to the Holiday Season. As we inch closer to that December CBA deadline, the Dodger player market has been stagnant.
Recently, the Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Beau Burrows as he announced on his Twitter page. Burrows made his debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2020 and was most recently with the Minnesota Twins. He is a former first-round pick and is only 25 years old.
The Dodgers also signed outfielder Jason Martin to a Minor League deal; he has spent time at the Major League level with the Pittsburgh Pirates and most recently with the Texas Rangers. The left-handed-hitting Martin is only 26 years old.
Other than that, it has been relatively quiet coming from the Dodger camp other than reports that the Dodgers are aggressively looking to bring back Corey Seager.
Since today happens to be Black Friday, we will be taking a look at what players could return to the Dodgers on team-friendly deals with hometown discounts.
This may be an unpopular opinion, but I haven’t heard much regarding the market surrounding Jansen, and it is hard to imagine him in a different uniform. He has the most saves in the Dodger franchise shirt, and obviously, he is nearing the end of his career. Maybe one team swoops in and offers Jansen big closer money due to the 2021 campaign he had, but ultimately I can see Jansen ending his career in L.A.
Kelly has been a big piece of the bullpen the past couple of years and has grown to be a fan favorite. Kelly went down in the playoffs with an arm injury effectively ending his 2021 campaign; but he is expected to be ready before the 2022 season. There have been reports that the Dodgers are looking to bring him back, but nothing yet is immediate due to his injury. The Dodgers declined Kelly’s $12 million option, but the reliever could potentially return for much less. I’d expect for him to resign maybe closer to Spring Training on a one-year deal.
This one may be quite obvious, but Pujols joined the Dodgers after being released from the Angels in the earlier part of the season. Pujols may be entering the final season of his career, if he does decide to return. However, he currently is playing winter ball so signs indicate he is returning. The Dodgers could decide to bring him back on a veteran minimum deal to provide a power bat off the bench. Pujols had some nice moments in the season, so having him another year before he can potentially call it quits could be a nice addition.
The rest of the free agents, like Kershaw, Scherzer and Taylor, will have bigger contracts and garner higher demands across the league if the agreement ever gets settled. Right now it is just a waiting game, to see when the dominoes fall.