Since we are in the holiday season, and the MLB lock out has deprived us of much baseball content, we are going to take a look at a Dodgers wishlist.
Of course, this is all hypothetical since the lockout impedes any big league roster moves, but in a perfect world there is no lockout.
Apart from this, several Dodger coaches have been interviewed for managerial positions, with the new look Mets. Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren and Dodgers first base coach Clayton McCullough are among the candidates.
Once this lockout thing is resolved fans would expect the Dodgers to make a couple moves, as they build out their roster for 2022. The wishlist between fans may be different across the board, of course, because people may want to focus on different players. However , Andrew Friedman has always worked some of his front office magic.
Clayton Kershaw to Return
The biggest threat to the Dodgers retaining the future Hall of Famer appears to be his hometown Texas Rangers. Former Dodger Corey Seager appears to be recruiting him, and there have been many rumors regarding his status. I think most fans could agree that Kershaw is the best pitcher of his generation.
Obviously not what he used to be, he still is a highly effective pitcher. If Kershaw were to walk, it would probably be the most emotional goodbye in recent Dodger history. It is at the point where you can’t imagine Kershaw in another jersey.
Freddie Freeman Inks Deal With L.A.
This one picked up steam over the final days prior to the lockdown. Freeman, a star veteran player, just won the World Series with the Atlanta Braves; however, they still have not brought him back. Many baseball pundits thought Atlanat would be the first guy the Braves brought back.
With the exit of Seager, the arrival of Freeman became much more possible. It could take some shuffling around maybe moving Max Muncy to second base. It had been reported that Freeman was looking at a deal around six years with $180 million, which I thought the Braves would have certainly brought him back at that price tag.
Cody Bellinger Returns to His 2019 MVP Version
This year, Bellinger was riddled by injuries and tough breaks, his strikeout rate was the worst it had been in his career and he only hit .165 on the year, just two seasons removed from his stellar 2019 MVP campaign. He often started due to his defense down the stretch but in the playoffs he actually turned it around and became one of the better hitters in a lackluster Dodger offense. It is tough to see just two seasons removed from his MVP campaign a fall like that.
His WAR stood at -1.5; however, still only 26 years old, Bellinger can definitely turn it around. At this point, the most important thing would be that he starts the season healthy and then goes on from there. He has shown some flashes of that 2019 version and the Rookie of the Year version despite his recent struggles.
What would be on top of the wishlist, though, is for this lockout to end as soon as possible.