The MLB Hot Stove is scalding hot, with most players choosing to sign with a team before the assumed impending lockout begins on Wednesday, December 1.
There have been rapid fire signings by teams, and before one registers, the next one is announced. Two signing not missed by fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers are those of Max Scherzer and Corey Seager.
Scherzer reportedly agreed to a three-year, $135M contract with the New York Mets on Monday morning. While most fans didn’t think that Scherzer would be back with the Dodgers, it was fun to think about Max and Clayton Kershaw possibly pitching together for a few more years.
On Monday afternoon, Seager reportedly agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers that would pay him $325M over the next 10 seasons. Although the Dodgers gave Mookie Betts a 10-year contract, that usually is not President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman’s MO.
While Seager leaving also doesn’t come as much of a surprise to Dodgers fans, it does hurt. Corey was a home-grown prospect, former Rookie of the Year, and 2020 NLCS and World Series MVP. But congrats to him for going out and getting his money.
There also was an alarming bit of news, spoken from the player themselves. On Monday afternoon, Max Muncy was on High Heat on MLB Network, where he disclosed that his arm is taking much longer to heal than anticipated.
“I’m not recovering as quick as I would like, but that’s what happens when you do some serious damage to your body. A torn UCL is a slow process.”
Muncy was hurt on the last game of the regular season after Jace Peterson of the Milwaukee Brewers ran through first base, and took Muncy’s glove and arm along with him. Muncy missed all of the 2021 playoffs.
The first baseman has not yet had surgery, but if he does, that would be a six to eight month recovery time. Even if he does not have surgery, it still won’t be certain if he will be ready to start the season on time.
Friedman and the Dodgers still have many options available to better the team. Freddie Freeman is still available in free agency. A trade with a team could be more plausible, bringing multiple players to address both the lineup and the rotation at the same time. The Oakland Athletics would be a great partner in that respect, possibly Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Frankie Montas, to name a few.
There is still time before the lockout deadline to get things done, and Friedman always has a plan. Besides the Trevor Bauer disaster, he has always come through with acquiring top tier players to fill out the roster, although his process is usually slower than most fans would like. Just more of the wait and see game for Dodger fans right now until Friedman has put his plan in place.