It’s that time of the offseason when any little bit of news or anyone at least a little noteworthy in MLB circles talks about the Dodgers is pure gold. Both for content reasons and, of course, good ol’ free agency prognostication.
The most popular thing at the moment is lists. So far, we’ve already touched on the top-50 free agents list from the publication The Athletic. Now MLB.com has dropped their list into the ring. MLB scribe Anthony Castrovince lists 4 Dodgers on his top-25 free agents list which shakes out a little different from the earlier mentioned one.
Here are the top-4 and their placement in the top-25.
- 2. Corey Seager, SS, LAD, age 27
- 4. Max Scherzer, RHP, LAD, age 37
- 18. Clayton Kershaw, LHP, LAD, age 34
- 22. Chris Taylor, UTL, LAD, age 31
Corey Seager is the consensus number 2 overall free agent amongst evaluators so far this offseason. On MLB’s list, Max Scherzer jumps from 10th to 4th. Clayton Kershaw moved up to 18th from 22nd. And surprisingly, Chris Taylor fell from 12th on The Athletic’s list to 22 on MLB.com’s
Missing MLB’s list also is closer Kenley Jansen who was 35th on The Athletic’s list.
As has been said here time and time again already, this offseason has a chance to be one of the more transformative in recent Dodger history, at least roster wise. Kershaw has been an anchor in the rotation since his debut in 2008 and all Jansen has done is cement himself as arguably the greatest closer in franchise history with 350 saves in his 12-year career thus far.
Between Seager and Taylor, the Dodgers are standing to lose two of the most productive hitters in baseball over the last several seasons. And Max Scherzer proved that he can still get it done at an elite level 14 years into his big league career.
Out of the early rumors and reports, there is an expectation that Kershaw could potentially ink an incentive-laden deal to return to LA, but that’s an area where the front office should tread lightly. Seager has oft been reported as the least likely to return, particularly with his east coast roots and the Yankees in the market for a premium shortstop.