Rosenthal explains why the Dodgers could be aggressive in free agency despite currently having the second highest payroll in baseball according to Spotrac.com ($214.5M).
“When the lockout hit, there were a number of teams in a mode where we expected them to spend. Remember, they [the Dodgers] didn’t sign Corey Seager back. They didn’t sign Max Scherzer back. That’s a lot of money that they will not be spending. They could be getting money back on Trevor Bauer if he is suspended into the 2022 season. So, they are a team that could be active. We’ve heard them linked to Freddie Freeman. Who knows, they could even get involved in (Carlos) Correa. They’ll have money to burn.”
Corey Seager signed a ten-year, $325M contract with the Texas Rangers. The Mets signed Max Scherzer to a three-year, $130M deal.
To Rosenthal’s point, that’s a boatload, or maybe a couple boatloads, of money that the Dodgers aren’t spending.
The Trevor Bauer situation is not as straight forward. MLB will likely suspend Bauer without pay once the LA County DA decides whether or not to press criminal charges against Bauer. One would assume that Bauer will subsequently appeal the suspension. Bauer is set to make $35.3M this coming season. Bauer’s future on the Dodgers is murky at best.
Dodgers fans likely aren’t excited to see the poster child for the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal in Dodgers blue.
There’s no end in sight for the MLB lockout, but whenever it’s over, the Dodgers might have their eyes on not one, but two All-Stars.