The Dodgers have plenty of decisions to make on the free-agent market this year. They made their first splash by signing LHP Andrew Heaney to a one-year deal, but that isn’t even close to the biggest move they will make.
All indications are that the Dodgers are willing to spend again for next year. But the biggest question surrounds Trevor Bauer and whether or not they will retain his salary for the 2022 season. A lot seems to hinge on that.
But despite that uncertainty, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal is convinced that Max Scherzer ends up back in Los Angeles. He even suggested that there was a very good chance they sign him to a deal worth over $100 million.
Scherzer, 37, is a Cy Young finalist, and seems likely to return to the Dodgers on a three-year contract with an average salary in the $35 million range.
Scherzer dominated with the Dodgers from the moment that they landed him at the deadline. He had a streak of 5 consecutive starts where he was not charged with a run. Overall, he finished with a 1.98 ERA and a 7-0 record for LA in the regular season.
But Scherzer ran into his share of issues towards the end of the year and into the postseason. He describe a dead arm issue that slowed him down late in the year, and it showed in his final couple of starts. But he was able to put together a fairly successful postseason ERA of 2.16 and striking out 23.
Could the Dodgers use a player of his caliber in the starting rotation in 2022? Absolutely. They already have a decent rotation without him, but he’s a perennial Cy Young candidate.