The MLB offseason is officially underway, and the Dodgers have a lot of work to do. They were embarrassed in the postseason once again, and they want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
There were plenty of positives from the 2023 season, and it showed that LA could keep up with the rest of the league even in a “step-back” year. Their offense set all sorts of records, and they had strong performances from multiple players.
One of the more productive guys for the Dodgers last season was slugger J.D. Martinez. He signed with the team in the offseason on a very team-friendly contract of just $10 million in order to boost his value across the league.
Martinez did that and more for the Dodgers last season, and now he heads into free agency ready to cash in. It remains to be seen what kind of contract he will get on the open market, but the Dodgers decided to not offer him a qualifying offer.
They are interested in bringing him back to the team, but there is one roadblock in the way. That would be their pursuit of two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani since the two would play the same position.
The Dodgers have been planning to go after Ohtani for a long time, and they aren’t going to let anything get in the way of that. Martinez is viewed as a backup option if they can’t land Ohtani, but they also risk him signing with someone else by that time.
Even with the risk, this is the correct way to go about things for the Dodgers. Ohtani is the big fish that they have to make a run at, and if for some reason they can’t land him, they can pivot from there.
Martinez was great for the Dodgers, but he isn’t on the same level as Ohtani. This will be something to continue to monitor as the offseason continues, and hopefully, we can find out soon who will be the Dodgers designated hitter next year.
Should the Dodgers bring back Martinez? Or go on an aggressive push to land Ohtani? Drop your thoughts in the comments!
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