The original start of Spring Training, when pitchers and catchers were to report, has come and gone, and yet no agreement has been met between the owners and players. The season most definitely will not start in time.
So while we wait for ownership to get their greedy butts in gear, let’s have some fun with theoretical future Dodgers players.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Enrique Rojas tweeted that Juan Soto turned down a 13-year, $350M contract extension from the Washington Nationals. It seems a rather insulting offer for one of the best young talents in baseball today. Corey Seager just signed a 10-year, $325M contract with the Texas Ranger, and at 27 would be a year older than Soto will be in 2024 when his contract expires.
At only 23 years old, Soto finished second in NL MVP voting last season. His stats for his four years in the majors so far are incredibly impressive – a .301/.432/.550 slash line with 98 home runs, two silver sluggers, and a batting title already to his name. Add in a World Series win and a lifetime 17.2 WAR all lend to him being one of the most dynamic players in MLB.
While we’re spending ownerships’ money, let’s revisit the fun rumors that Freddie Freeman could also be coming to the Dodgers.
On Tuesday, former Brave Chipper Jones went on a local Atlanta radio show talking among other things, Freeman’s future in Atlanta.
“I don’t know, I haven’t talked to Freddie in quite some time, but I’m sure he’s probably a little frustrated this wasn’t done in Spring Training last year,” Jones said. “But the fact of the matter is we didn’t have any fans in the stands. We’ve got owners that didn’t know where revenue was going to be at the end of the year and maybe held out a little bit. The bottom line is, Freddie I believe before it’s all said and done will be playing where he wants to play. I know he’s a West Coast guy.”
Jones went on to say, “The Braves have made some offers, didn’t make him happy. He’s being courted by some of the prettiest girls on the block right now, he’s gonna listen to them.”
Of course, it would be three years until Soto and Freeman would both be on the Dodgers, barring the Dodgers somehow negotiating a trade with the Nationals again. And Trea Turner could also be gone by then, unless the Dodgers sign him to an extension in the meantime also.
The Dodgers have long been thought of by rival fans as “buying their team” on their way to trying to win championship(s). True fans and those with knowledge know that the Dodgers have consistently had one of the best farm systems in the majors. The Dodgers should just lean into the whole Evil Empire thought for the hell of it. Re-sign Clayton Kershaw and get him another ring by any means possible that’s really all that needs to happen.