Dodgers: Freddie Freeman Linked to LA’s Potential Plans After Losing Seager
Dodger fans officially had to say goodbye to Corey Seager on Monday. Seager had been a mainstay of a lefty monster bat for the Dodgers for the past six years. An NLCS MVP, a World Series MVP, and a ring, Seager brought the Dodgers to the promised land. Good things end, and the bird officially has flown the coop.
Seager May Be Locked Up, But A Freeman Is Available
From an overall firepower standpoint, the Dodgers still have the fire for 2021. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Max Muncy (we hope), and hopefully a fixed Cody Bellinger is still a top-tier lineup. The question marks on the end of the Dodger lineup are there, however. That’s where Ken Rosenthal floated a big idea.
In a recent article at The Athletic, the baseball insider discussed the ripple effect and repercussions of Seager leaving LA and leaving a hole.
“The fallout to Seager’s 10-year, $325 million agreement with the Rangers might be as fascinating as the deal itself. In the immediate aftermath, [one of] two intriguing possibilities emerged: The Dodgers pursuing free-agent first baseman Freddie Freeman to replace Seager as the top left-handed hitter in their lineup.”
Notably, this isn’t the first time Rosenthal has linked the 2020 MVP to LA. Jon Heyman has also now tweeted about the Freeman-to-LA possibility, adding that the Dodgers may have the best hope for luring the southern California kid out of Atlanta.
Teams are trying to pry superstar 1B Freddie Freeman from Atlanta. Some say they still don’t think it will happen but r surprised he’s still free. Dodgers, who lost Seager and could move Muncy to 2B, may have best hope for SoCal product, NYY, TOR (h/t Carlos Baerga) reached out.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 30, 2021
Before Dodger fans read this and drool all over the table, it is also noted that most experts expect Freeman will re-sign with the Atlanta Braves. That said, the acquisition of Freeman is tantalizing but also comes with some question marks.
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In the previous paragraph, we established that the Dodger lineup is still a potent one even with the loss of Corey Seager. The question marks around Max Muncy could pressure the Dodgers front office into pursuing Freeman, but it isn’t likely. That’s because the Dodgers’ most pressing issue isn’t in their lineup, it’s the rotation. Losing Max Scherzer and Seager on the same day was a painful one because having David Price in the Dodgers starting rotation for 2022 isn’t confidence-inducing. Bringing back Clayton Kershaw will help the hearts of Dodger fans as well as a starting role, but most experts see the Dodgers leaning on their arms to win another division.
Acquiring Freeman will put some real clamps on the money clip for the Dodgers front office, and acquiring pitching through trade will mean another dip into the Dodgers’ famed minor league depth.
Into the Unknown
Ultimately, acquiring Freeman is the “new shiny toy” idea after losing one that you love. It is certainly possible, as Freeman is from southern California, and ultimately the Dodgers do have the money. It is more likely that the Dodgers front office focuses on bolstering the starting pitching, however. Still…it’d be nice to see Freeman in blue.
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The problem is that – with Scherzer and Ray off the market – there aren’t a lot of FA options left that would significantly improve the Dodger rotation. So, do the Dodgers further raid the farm to make a trade? There may still be a lot of “depth” down there, but there isn’t any major league ready talent left after the past two seasons of trades and it is hard to see the Dodgers further mortgaging the future by giving up the multiple lower level prospects it would take to pry lose a current top end starter from someone else. It may just be that the Dodgers go into 2022 with a diminished roster no matter what.
Quick!!! The fanbase is livid about all the Fa’s leaving and turning down all the Dodgers offers. They’re fed up with Drrrrrrr. Quik ! Story to change the narrative, give some HOPE they don’t catch on to the plan….
Exactly Freeman is staying put. The plan is to rebuild while contend like what we saw from 2013-2016. They wasted the last window now its time to open a new one and probably waste it as well
The farm isn’t what it was Don. There’s no Coletti finding the Seager’s Urias’ or Bellingers for the org to keep and just take over positions veterans have like in those years. The proof of that was when Seager got hurt as Neuse and whoever else Drrrrrr tried to grab from the minors flopped. There was no Puig in the waiting in the outfield etc. The Dodgers went for it and I’ll give them that, but like you say they wasted it with Drrrrrrrr trying to direct it. Friedman is a penny pincher and that’s why they hired him to get the scrap heap players, hold the prospects ( Like beaty) down, and pay big bucks for a few players. It won’t matter who they buy, who they develope, or who they trade for if they keep making the mistake of keeping a incoherent director at the helm. Proof of that is they spent 280 million and it got them bounced again by a sub par 80 win team.
Guys, the pitching was mismanaged plain and simple. The bats were silenced down the stretch but the main reason they lost to Atlanta was starting pitching having “dead arms”.
The hitting was suspicious all season. Stretches where they couldn’t hit at all & then stretches where they tore the hide off the ball. I could see that being a problem already back in April. Then throw in Roberts & the F.O.’s cerebral pitching decisions and well,,,,,, here we are again! Coulda, woulda, shoulda!
The Stretch where Drrrrrrr played 4 150 hitters and gave games away, put incredible pressure on the starters, with the inability to score runs because the opposition only had to pitch to 5 guys. With the pitcher, Mckinney, Souza and bellinger all in the same line up, that puts a tremendous strain on the pitching staff to put up zero’s. And Don, another deciding factor of why they lost to Atlanta was Drrrrrrrrrr in his incredible regular season winning percentage wisdom, decided to pitch to Riley at least 3 times with 1st base open. How’d that blittle league move work out for Drrrrrr? The proof is in the box score…
If Trea Turmer ends up walking, that trade will overwhelmingly favor the Nationals. Losing that prospect package for less than three months of Scherzer and 1.5 years of Turner wouldn’t have been worth it. But that is the inherent risk in such moves, as we all know.
That’s why I do believe Trae leaves for the east coast after ’22, but Jacob Amaya should be ready by then.
A chance to bring in Freddie Freeman? Are you kidding. With 70 million a year walking out the door, this is a one time opportunity….Not to mention he is a clubhouse presence that everyone respects.
In any event I have to agree with rainbird’s last sentence here. With all the free agents potentially leaving here, the roster won’t be as formidable and although money is the main reason for players going elsewhere we both know the presence of the Drrrrrr factor. After all we don’t see any players knocking on the Dodger’s door. As I currently see it, the Dodger’s 9 year playoff run is over. IIWII.
I don’t see why he’d choose us over the Braves. He’s been loyal and loves that organization and just won a full season championship with them. I see ATL as his only consideration
He’s a socal guy….
He is Mr. Atlanta now, the Braves are not going to let him walk after winning the Series.
People leave after championships all the time. The bottom line is whether the Dodgers would do for Freeman what Texas did for Seager: show him the money. With Muncy possibly facing a year of working towards 100% and Bellinger far from a sure thing, the Dodgers are in desperate need of lefty power. They can use cash to get it with Freeman or trade prospects to get it. Since the chance to help their pitching with money is pretty much gone now, they will need those prospects if they want to sniff guys like Luis Castillo. That means they need to dip into their billions of dollars and buy themselves some left handed power. Fortunately, Freeman is a Dodger-type hitter (not a free swinger at all) is aging very gracefully, and most importantly, a class act (no Bauer-type risks here). Bite the bullet and offer him some peace of mind during the looming lockout before it’s too late.
The writers here just had to get the narrative changed like always when the drrrrrr bashing starts. When they put their plants in to try and slow it down like they did this morning and yesterday, and it didn’t work, they just roll out a ridiculous scenario. Freeman plays in a Great State, great org and has a manager that knows how to play baseball. No way he gives that up to come watch Drrrrrrr put a funk on this team again.
Hey at least they don’t ban people’s emails and usernames anymore, that’s an improvement. Now they let the real people speak and just deploy shiIIs to disagree
Yeah they just jam you with cookies now thinking people won’t figure it out. They sure have a lot of Dodgers “Insiders” lol’s…Kind of like Cnn……
I think Freeman’s agent is just trying to jack up his price by making Braves think the Dodgers are in game for him. I just don’t see it happening, not that I wouldn’t like it!
If, IF they were able to sign Freeman, it sure would help the offense. But it would likely cost $26 mil AAV. Muncy to 2B or DH? Another player they should pursue is Kris Bryant. He’s not getting what he thought he was, but he’d still get $18 mil AAV contract for 3-5 years. Turner could be DH, 3B relief, 1B relief. If Lux is not starting with Muncy at 2B, he could be a bat off the bench backing up both 2B and SS. Suzuki? Castellanos?
While Kershaw should be the priority, reports are that they are letting him take his time, look at offers, then bring any offer back and the Dodgers will match it plus 25%. They want him to retire in one uniform as well.
The Dodgers failed to utilize Price in the NLCS, costing them the pennant. Signing Freeman is a boost and hurts the Braves. Signing Bryant also hurts SF. It’s time for L.A. to get aggressive.
We weren’t going to sign all the guys. Seager was one who was expected to go in my book. When we find he was offered the contract earlier in the year that was humongous and turned it down— that’s why Turner was in the Scherzer trade. We have to trust the system for now. Ownership ultimately holds the pursestrings not Friedman. Lux COULD be the solution, you know. But we still need to resign CT3. Clayton, and maybe one of Kelly or Knebel. I think with the way the contracts are going; Jansen is gone, too. Might be taking a big step with Pepiot, Knack, or Miller. Time to roll the dice? What if?
in other words,The should have been Dynasty is Over…..
Don’t screw this up Friedman.