Reports have come out stating that the Dodger will non-tender former MVP Cody Bellinger, meaning he will become a free agent. The Atheltic senior writer and MLB on Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal broke the news earlier today.
With the Dodgers starting center fielder becoming a free agent and having little to no chance of bringing him back, LA’s center field position could remain vacant.
MLB columnist Bob Nightengale says that the Dodgers are interested in a former 2020 World Series foe.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 18, 2022
Kiermaier became a free agent last Thursday after the Rays declined a $13 million club option that came with a $2.5 million buyout.
The 32-year-old, better known for his defense, spent ten seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and is a three-time Gold Glove winner.
Last season, The Indiana native slashed .228/.281/.369 with a .650 OPS. However, he only played in 63 games due to a hip injury he suffered throughout 2022.
He wouldn’t be an upgrade from Bellinger, as their numbers were similar. And that’s with Kiermaier playing in 81 fewer games compared to Belli.
The Dodgers are familiar with Kiermaier’s game as they faced him in the 2020 World Series. In that series, Kiermaier had himself a series as he batted .368, two homers, three RBIs, four runs scored, and a total of seven hits.
Maybe the Dodgers feel like they could get that out of him again.
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