We are almost through January and we are still in a lockout. Nothing has been moving — so with no news, it has been hard to know where both sides potentially stand.
Rumors have surrounded the Dodgers regarding players, coaches, and front offices members. The Dodgers have added some pieces to the front office recently with the appointment of Brandon Gomes to general manager.
The Dodgers also have some minor league personnel and roster moves, as well as digging into the international market.
Baseball Prospectus had 22-year-old Miguel Vargas as the No. 1 ranked Dodger prospect while Baseball America had 20-year-old catcher Diego Cartaya. Pitcher Bobby Miller came in at third, outfielder Andy Pages fourth and Ryan Pepiot was fifth.
The Dodgers have been known now for a while as one of the deeper farm systems in baseball, and it appears it will be so for the next couple of years as well.
In other news, old friend Yasiel Puig expressed interest in a return to play for Los Angeles. He has been playing overseas for the past two years, and in a recent interview said he won’t mind coming back to Los Angeles.
Now before you Wild Horse fans get excited, it is very unlikely this happens. The Dodgers do not really need outfielders at the moment, and Puig hasn’t faced MLB pitching in two years. While some fans may want him back for nostalgic reasons, it’s just unlikely.
It feels like Puig and the Dodgers have definitely completed their chapter; so personally, I see this chapter has run its course.
Other than this, as you all know, MLB has been quiet, as the two sides are set to meet again this Monday to further negotiations as Spring Training is now only several weeks away.
Once the lockout ends, there are still plenty of free agents the Dodgers could sign or possibly even swing a trade. It will be interesting to see what approach the team takes, as there only may be a limited time to sign any players before the beginning of a season.
It will be exciting to see how the new additions to the front office handle the free agency period post-lockout once things finally get rolling.