Latest Dodgers Rumors Regarding Free Agency

The rumor mill for this year’s offseason has been off to a hot start, and the Dodgers are involved in plenty of the speculation. Despite all the chatter, the only signing so far has been left-hander Andrew Heaney agreeing to a one-year deal.

The impending free agents the Dodgers have this offseason have been at the center of much of the talk. The Dodgers are bound to lose some important pieces, and the latest rumors have been swirling around.

Lately, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweeted that Chris Taylor could be an option for the Red Sox.

Boston signed ex-Dodger Kike Hernandez last offseason, and that worked out quite well for them; so another former Dodger utility man is of their interest. Honestly, I can see more than 70% of rival teams being interested in the services of Taylor. The Tigers and the Yankees are also expected to pursue Taylor, who declined an $18.4 million qualifying offer, which was expected.

The Tigers appear ready to spend big this offseason, as they are rumored to be after Corey Seager, in addition to the Rangers. Texas manager Chris Woodard, as you may remember, was previously in the Dodgers organization as the third-base coach.

Taylor and Seager are the Dodgers who’ve had the most traction of all the Dodger free agents, and they have some big decisions coming up ahead for them this offseason.

It appears that teams to watch out for this offseason are the Tigers, Rangers, and Yankees as the ones who will be most aggressive. The Angels, who recently sighted right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard to a one year deal worth $21 million dollars, are expected to pursue right-hander Max Scherzer heavily.

Surely, this week and a half before December 1 will be quite critical as the collective bargaining agreement and other factors come into play.

As far as the other impending Dodger free agents, Clayton Kershaw is expected to have several suitors, including his hometown Rangers, as well as the Yankees. As far as Kenley Jansen, Corey Knebel, and others go, there has not been much out there, but it surely will pick up soon.

This week the Cy Young Award Winners and MVPs were announced. Some Dodgers found themselves within the top 10 in voting; but unfortunately, no Dodgers won the award. Scherzer finished third in Cy Young voting, while Walker Buehler was fourth and Julio Urias eighth.

For MVP voting, Trea Turner finished the highest of any Los Angeles player at 5th place, and Max Muncy finished 10th.

What Would Chris Taylor’s Departure Mean for the Dodgers?

The Hot Stove season is starting to heat up in Major League Baseball, as some free agents and trades are beginning to happen.

Many think that there will be a flurry of moves before the December 1st deadline in which a new collective bargaining agreement needs to be met. New Dodger Andrew Heaney mentioned this in his decision to sign early with the team, so he could avoid that and get started on getting his pitching back on track sooner.

November 17th is looming ever so quickly, which is the deadline for players to accept or refuse qualifying offers. Chris Taylor refused the Dodgers’ offer, which this season was $18.4M, in favor of testing the free agency market. It doesn’t mean he won’t re-sign with the Dodgers, just that he’s looking for a longer term contract.

Quite a few teams are interested in CT3, and with good reason. His versatility and clutch hitting make him a desirable acquisition. Teams that maybe can’t afford a Trevor Story or Corey Seager at shortstop could look to Taylor to fill that hole at a reduced rate compared to what those two would command. The centerfield market is also particularly slim, and Taylor could be seen filling in that slot for a team also.

So what would it mean if the Dodgers are unable to re-sign the All-Star utility man? The Dodgers have all of their position players returning, with the caveat that if the Dodgers also don’t re-sign Seager, Trea Turner will slide over to his usual spot at short and Gavin Lux would presumably become the full time second baseman.

What will be slim is the players off the bench. Currently the Dodgers would just have Edwin Rios and Matt Beaty to fulfill that role. Rios plays first and third, and could spell Justin Turner there, especially if the National League adopts the designated hitter. Beaty plays first and some left field, but not too many other places around the diamond.

The Dodgers also have a smattering of outfielders off the bench, like Billy McKinney, Zach McKinstry and Luke Raley. McKinstry however finished his season in Triple-A Oklahoma City, and McKinney and Raley were not ever quite able to put it together and contribute down the end of the season.

If the Dodgers were not to re-sign CT3, they may have to look at the way their team is constructed. Their big MO the past few years is to have players of great versatility, and giving players plenty of rest during the season to keep them fresh for the playoffs. Taylor departing would leave a huge hole in that department. Taylor is special in that he was able to fill in for so many different spots on the field and the lineup didn’t miss much of a beat.

As constructed now, the team has a few options to spell the outfielders and corner positions, but not really any one to fill in at short and second to get T. Turner and Lux off their feet. Sheldon Neuse is the only one on the 40-man currently that has played at second, besides sliding Max Muncy over.

It’ll be interesting to watch the market for Taylor, and how the Dodgers respond if he were to sign elsewhere. We have may have an answer as to if he will return sooner than later.

Ranking the Top 5 Free Agents the Dodgers Should Re-Sign This Winter

On Tuesday evening, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 in a decisive Game 6 to win the 2021 World Series. And thus, the off-season has officially begun.

This upcoming winter is going to be probably one of the most frustrating and longest in Los Angeles Dodgers memory, and they’ve had quite a few of those recently. From anguish of not getting the job done in the playoffs, to wondering what players may or may not be re-signed, this off-season has all of that with the added bonus of a possible players’ strike.

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Early Thoughts on Chris Taylor and Free Agency

At the conclusion of the World Series over the next several days, the rumor mill the MLB calls its hot stove will kick into full gear and the baseball blogosphere will be publishing speculation galore.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be a focal point of that speculation, as there’s a chance a large part of their roster will look significantly different by the start of 2022 spring training.

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Three Dodgers That Need to Step Up During the Playoffs

We have come to the final home stand, and last six games of the Los Angeles Dodgers 2021 regular season. And while not impossible to overtake the division lead, it seems as though the Dodgers will head into the playoffs as the first NL Wild Card seed.

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Chris Taylor, Kiké Hernández Earn NL and AL Player of the Week Honors

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All-Star utilityman Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been named the National League Player of the Week, while his counterpart and former teammate Enrique Hernandez earned the American League honors.

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Who Is Dodgers’ MVP for First Half of 2021?

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With a little over two weeks until the 2021 All-Star break, teams will look to prepare for the second half of the season. So far this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are 48-31 and two and a half games back behind the San Francisco Giants, who currently have the best record in the majors.

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Is Chris Taylor a 2021 All Star?

The highlight of Monday’s 9-4 Dodger win over the Cardinals was a bases-loaded double by Chris Taylor during a 14-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. It gave the Dodgers a 6-3 lead after having trailed 3-2. 

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Chris Taylor Might Be Dodgers’ MVP

The start of the 2021 MLB season is only one week away. It’s so close you can taste it.

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Dodgers Roster: Exploring the Second Base Possibilities for 2021

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At the beginning of every winter, there seem to be conversations galore about which player will hold down the fort at second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as there are always new players entering the discussions, from prospects in the organization to free agents to some of the wildest trade candidates across the league.

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