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Dodgers News: Will Smith Would Love to See Aaron Judge in Blue

Timing is everything in life. In 1995, I got a speeding ticket for going 78 in a 65 zone. I drove through that same spot on the freeway on my way to the Winter Meetings this weekend, and the speed limit there is now 80. Maybe I was ahead of my time, but my big problem was timing.

Similarly, take what Dodgers catcher Will Smith said Monday evening on MLB Network. If he’d said it two months ago, it would have been tampering. But because timing is one of the many ways in which Will is better than me, he waited until free agency was in full swing to give his input on building a baseball team.

“I’d want to see some moves, obviously, being selfish. But I feel like we’re in a good spot, if we do or don’t. But, one guy that comes to mind is Judge. You know, 62 homers last year. Why not?”

Why not, indeed? The beauty of free agency is players openly coveting other players. Last offseason, we found out that Justin Turner had been actively recruiting Freddie Freeman to come to L.A., and it worked. We also found out that Trea Turner was less successful in his attempts to bring his college buddy Carlos Rodon to the Dodgers.

Smith and Judge don’t have a relationship that we know of, so this is just a rare case of a ballplayer actually giving an honest, direct answer to a question on TV. For that, we congratulate Will and propose that he be rewarded with the opportunity to bat behind Judge in the Dodgers lineup.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Do the Dodgers want every available player every year? They sound like the Yankees under George.

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