Well, take one top-tier pitching target off the market for the Dodgers as starter Aaron Nola is heading back to the Philadelphia Phillies on a seven-year deal worth $172 million. MLB insider Bob Nightengale was the first to report the news.
Nola was one of the better options on the market, and there was interest coming from the Dodgers. But LA was never likely to pay what it would take to land him, and it always seemed like he would end up back with Philadelphia.
Now the Dodgers will need to pivot toward some of the other top available players, and they could always look at the trade market as well. LA has seemingly avoided handing out large free-agent contracts to pitchers in the past, and we may see that play out again this offseason.
The need for starting pitching is great this year after the team saw their rotation implode a year ago. LA is expected to be aggressive in upgrading the rotation, but many fans are skeptical until they see it happen.
Many people didn’t believe that the bigger free agents would sign this early, but this could now open the floodgates for signings. LA remains one of the more active teams on the open market, and hopefully, they can land some elite talent to bolster their rotation.
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