Although many fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers wait patiently for Trevor Bauer’s fate with the team, there’s a good chance the roster will go relatively unchanged otherwise as the club heads into spring training, which is now approximately six weeks away.
Of course, there are several scenarios that could provide the Dodgers with a bit of salary relief, particularly if they find a trade partner to offset part of the $22 million they still owe Bauer.
In nearly 20 years covering baseball, not sure I’ve seen a better lineup than the one the Dodgers will use this season. In some order, it’s going to be Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, Will Smith, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and A.J. Pollock.
Early Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly agreed to a six-year, $162M contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman, causing Dodger fans to rejoice and the rest of baseball world groan and/or marvel at the stacked roster the Dodgers have.
With the Cleveland Indians publicly stating that Francisco Lindor will likely be dealt this offseason, teams are lining up to come up with trade packages for the infielder’s services. Previously, many speculated that Lindor and the Indians were done after this season, as he is set to hit free agency after the 2021 season. Seemingly, whatever team trades for him will probably look to sign him long term.
After Saturday’s loss at home to the Giants, the Dodgers officially passed the one-quarter mark of the season with a 10-5 record, as they currently trail the division-leading Rockies by a full game in the National League West.
We’ve actually made it to the week when baseball starts in earnest. Sunday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers took on NL West rivals Arizona Diamondbacks for their first of three exhibition games before the season officially starts on Thursday.
The Dodgers open their 60-game shortened-season schedule against the Giants on July 23. They surely will want to sprint right out of the gates in the most unusual baseball season ever. During their run of seven consecutive division titles, the Dodgers would have only won two division titles if the seasons would have ended after 60 games. Usually, the team starts hovering above .500 and then wears out their opponents later as the season progresses.
While there’s still plenty of time remaining before the beginning of the abbreviated 2020 MLB season, there is a good chance that Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers for the opener, so long as everything stays on track.