This upcoming offseason Julio Urías is a free agent for the first time during his Major League career. If Urías had a typical season performance for him, many baseball teams would want his services, but the 2023 season has been a struggle for Urías.
Will the Dodgers want to re-sign Urías?
When Dave Roberts was asked this by the Los Angeles Times, he said, “We love Julio — he’s been a great Dodger — and our hope [is that we re-sign him].”
Unlike in the last two seasons, Urías has been bad this year. In 2023, Urías has five wins and five losses with a 4.94 ERA. His lifetime ERA for the 26-year-old lefty is 2.95.
After missing over a month, Urías returned Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, but he didn’t perform well in three innings allowing five runs. While soft contact plagued Urías, his pitches were higher than normal and didn’t have the usual depth and sharp break.
The Dodgers hope Urías will improve in his next start, particularly with Clayton Kershaw on the IL with shoulder inflammation. Julio will get one more start before the All-Star break and the free-agent-to-be will need to pick things up performance wise if he plans on cashing in over the winter.
Roberts explained Urías must consider many factors during his free agency. “But when you’re a free agent, he’s earned the right to make the decision himself. So for me, I would love to have Julio, but as a free agent, it’s what’s best for his family, and he and his agent have to make that decision.”
Scott Boras represents Urías, and the Dodgers don’t like dealing with Boras. However, with Urías’ poor 2023 performance, Boras might be looking for a short-term deal for Urías, so Urías can rebuild his worth. This short-term deal may be more attractive to the Dodgers.
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