Thursday marked the first time the Players Union and the MLB owners discussed anything about the lockout, although it looks like there is still quite a bit of leg work to do.
It was the first meeting since the lockout began on December 1, and it appears as if neither side made any progress. We’ll have to wait and see when negotiations will open back up.
The Super Bowl is already next month, and for baseball fans, that always meant that pitchers and catchers reporting was around the corner. That now seems to loom large, as the two sides would have to get a deal done relatively quickly for players to report on time.
As of now, all we can do is wait and hope for a solution soon.
For now, all we Dodger fans can do is speculate how the team might fill out the roster once the transaction freeze is lifted.
The Dodgers have made a few minor league moves, most recently signing pitcher Yefry Ramirez, who spent most of last season in Triple-A with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He appeared in one game in the big leagues last year and pitched two scoreless innings. He posted a 5.02 ERA at his time in OKC.
Once all this lockout stuff is resolved, the Dodgers are also expected to go after Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki.
Suzuki reportedly has met through Zoom, with the Dodgers and about 10-12 other teams. The outfielder is 27 years old and hit 38 home runs along with 88 RBI last season. It is expected he gets a contract of around $60 million for five years.
Once we are out of this lockout, it will be interesting to see how soon the Dodgers make a move, as there’s been a lot of speculation regarding signings and trades.
The Athletic has put out surveys for every team, including the Dodgers, regarding team satisfaction and fans sending hypothetical trades.
For all the craziness that the first weeks of the offseason brought, there surely is quite a dry spell now, all we can do is wait, and as we can not wait for baseball to return.