Over at MLB.com, they polled 50 of their baseball experts to guess where 11 of the biggest-name free agents will end up signing this offseason. The experts had six of the 11 returning to their previous teams, but they also had some interesting predictions about the others. The experts have the Dodgers signing just one of the 11, and it’s not a name that will make a lot of fans happy.
https://t.co/Z3s2EpgF39 polled 50 of its reporters and analysts for their thoughts on where these top free agents will wind up.
What are your predictions? pic.twitter.com/lVlJnhNB1N
— MLB (@MLB) November 15, 2022
That’s right, the MLB.com experts think Carlos Correa is coming to Los Angeles. Of course, it’s just as enlightening to see which players the Dodgers came close on in the votes. While they predict Correa coming to L.A., the Dodgers got the second-most votes on both Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts and third-most on Dansby Swanson, so these voters clearly think Los Angeles is going to be heavily involved in the shortstop market.
The voters had the Dodgers third on Aaron Judge behind the Yankees and Giants and fourth on Jacob deGrom behind the Rangers, Mets, and Braves. L.A. was one of 12 teams to get votes on Carlos Rodon, but they were way down the list. Perhaps most surprisingly, not a single expert predicted that Justin Verlander will end up in Los Angeles, despite rumblings from Ken Rosenthal, Jon Morosi, and others that he could end up in Dodger blue.
Justin Verlander to the #Dodgers became more realistic based on today's events.
Specifically, Tyler Anderson rejected the Dodgers' QO; and signing Verlander would not involve the loss of a pick, whereas Jacob deGrom would.
Credit to @Ken_Rosenthal for linking JV and LAD.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 15, 2022
These predictions are always fun to come back and revisit later to see how accurate they were. Chances are, the experts won’t end up doing much better than the average fan with all these guesses.
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