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Who Will Dodgers Offer a Contract Extension to Next?

DENVER, CO - APRIL 9: Tyler Anderson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 9, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Max Muncy to a one-year extension with a club option until 2024. His contract is worth $13.5 million for next season. Muncy struggled most of the year after an elbow injury that kept him off last year’s postseason.

Now, Muncy looks like he continues to dig out of that slump.

However, since Muncy joined the Dodgers in 2018, no one expected him to be an integral part of a championship-winning team. Muncy has become an All-Star with the Dodgers and stated there is no place he’d rather be than Los Angeles.

The extension got me thinking that there might be more coming. If so, who could it be?

The Dodgers do have quite the amount of free agents this offseason. Clayton Kershaw, Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Craig Kimbrel, Joey Gallo, Andrew Heaney, and Tyler Anderson, to name a few.

Those names have all contributed heavily to the team, and the Dodgers could look quite different next year if a few of them walk. At the top of every Dodger fan wishlist is probably Trea Turner; some fans have even joked the Dodgers should hand Turner a blank check and have him pick a number. But we’ll only find out what happens come off-season time.

Anderson and Heaney are exciting cases. Anderson is having the best season of his career and was named an All-Star for the first time. Yet, he is a free agent at the end of the season.

At the beginning of the season, Anderson wasn’t expected to have his role now. He has become one of the most consistent starters in the Dodger rotation due to injuries to Walker Buehler and Kershaw.

Heaney has enjoyed an excellent year, but to a lesser extent as he’s missed significant time due to injuries.

However, if one extension is done before the end of the season, two names only come to my mind, as much as the Turner extension is a dream scenario. My gut feeling is if that gets done, it’s an offseason thing.

The two names that come to mind are Justin Turner and Clayton Kershaw. The two have been the longest-tenured Dodgers, and it is hard to envision them finishing their careers elsewhere. While Turner will be 38 if he decides to play next season, there is a possibility he may retire. Kershaw would be 35 by the start of next season. He’s shown flashes of prime Kershaw at times this year, but the only thing standing in his way has been injuries like it has been the past couple of seasons.

The fans love Kershaw, and the Dodgers will have to face the same question again this offseason if they don’t sign him to an extension. The Dodger roster may look quite different when Opening Day rolls around next year.

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