The MLB is officially in the off-season now. Last night was the final game of the 2022 season, and some teams may be looking a little different entering the 2023 campaign.
That includes the Dodgers; Los Angeles has a ton of question marks in the off-season, and we’ll be getting some answers soon.
131 players have officially become free agents in the major leagues, and ten of those are LA’s very own.
131 players officially became free agents today including 10 #Dodgers — Tyler Anderson, Joey Gallo, Andrew Heaney, Tommy Kahnle, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel, Chris Martin, Kevin Pillar, David Price, Trea Turner
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) November 6, 2022
Big names and key contributors to the 2022 squad could no longer be in Dodger blue in 2023.
Guys like Kevin Pillar, Craig Kimbrel, and Joey Gallo, to name a few, won’t be significant losses for the franchise, and they can afford to let them walk.
However, other names on that list could significantly affect the Dodgers’ upcoming season, depending on if they fail to find a replacement for them.
Clayton Kershaw, the name speaks for itself at this point. Lifelong Dodger, one of the greatest pitchers the Dodgers have had, and the greatest pitcher of this generation. It’ll be hard to see Kershaw in any other jersey but a Dodger one. It’s either retirement, becoming a Texas Ranger, or donning Dodger blue for another year.
Trea Turner is in his prime and has had a great year and a half with the Dodgers. He’s a consistent hitter, he hits for power at times, and he’s great on the bases. His only weakness may be on the defensive side of things. The market for the shortstop position has many interesting options, so we’ll see what the Dodgers and Turner do on that front.
And Tyler Anderson; Anderson had his best career year with the Dodgers. He earned his first All-Star selection while going 15-5 in 30 games and posted a 2.57 ERA, 138 strikeouts, and 1.00 WHIP in 178.2 innings pitched. And he was close to sending the Dodgers into a game 5 of the NLDS before he was taken out after five innings and 86 pitches. Anderson has shown he has that DAWG in him and is worthy of a huge contract, whether from LA or not.
The Dodgers are so deep and have a pipeline like no other, they can probably afford to lose all those ten players and they’ll still be really good.
That wouldn’t be a smart thing to do though.
Anyways, one thing is guaranteed, not all of those 10 players will be in Dodger blue next season.
The only question is, “Who?”