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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Talks About the Big Free Agent Rumors Surrounding LA

The Dodgers won 111 games in the 2022 regular season, but their 2023 roster will likely look quite a bit different. Shortstop Trea Turner looks likely to depart in free agency, center-fielder Cody Bellinger was non-tendered and seems unlikely to return, and starting pitchers Andrew Heaney and Tyler Anderson are gone.

There are holes to fill on L.A.’s roster, which means they’re likely to be active on the free-agent market. On Thursday, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts was on the Starkville podcast with Jayson Stark and Doug Glanville, and he talked a bit about all the big names available this offseason.



“We talked about the right fielder who’s free [Aaron Judge], and then you’re talking about top end starters. So, I think that we’re going to be in play. And I think that, for us, kind of, what makes sense for the roster, every option’s open. But, yeah, you talk about [Jacob] deGrom, [Justin] Verlander, those are the two best guys on the market. So there’s certainly interest. And for me, personally, I’ve admired how those guys go about things. And as a manager, you always want all the best players. So, I’m still trying to be sensitive to payroll, but I’ll take Verlander and deGrom. So we have conversations a lot, but I’m probably biased, but I just think Andrew [Friedman] does it better than anybody, I really do.”

Now, right off the bat, we know deGrom is off the market after signing a mega-deal with the Texas Rangers on Friday night. However, the Verlander portion fits right in line with what most pundits are saying about the Dodgers’ thinking this offseason. Roberts also hints about those Aaron Judge rumors.

Notably, Roberts mentions payroll, and there are rumblings that L.A. might try to get below the luxury tax in 2023 to reset the escalating overage penalties. But Friedman has said ownership is willing to spend what it takes to win. Maybe getting Verlander and another top free agent pitcher (like Carlos Rodon) isn’t realistic, but hey, Doc can dream and so can we.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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4 Comments

  1. Basically, we have around $40 mill to obligate while staying near the CBT threshold. The dodgers’ spokespeople keep spinning the same yarn, so it’s really hard to tell what’s going to happen. Best guess is they won’t be able to resist signing Verlander unless he insists on a 3 year deal. If that happens it’s bye bye prospects at some point this year.

  2. I really think they are trying to minimize how much of Ohtani’s contract is subject to tax. I don’t think they’ll sign Verlander or Rodon.

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