There’s a lot available on both the free-agent and trade markets this offseason, and the Dodgers have multiple holes they still need to fill. The big question is how they will go about filling those holes, whether via trade, free agency, or filling from within with their minor-league system.
Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett was on MLB Network recently to discuss what he thinks L.A.’s approach will be this offseason.
“I think the most important thing is they gotta find a shortstop, and honestly I don’t think it’s going to be one of the four free agents. They might have their eyes on Willy Adames if the speculation is the Brewers being open for business during the trade market. Maybe they can swing something with Milwaukee to bring Adames out west, maybe it involves Corbin Burnes, they could use another starter or two. I think it starts at shortstop and then everything else spins around how that is resolved.”
Shortstop is definitely the biggest hole at the moment, although it’s also one they could fill without acquiring anyone new. Gavin Lux has been mostly a second baseman in the big leagues, but he came up as a shortstop and they have Michael Busch waiting in the wings at second.
But if they do decide to go outside the organization for a shortstop, Adames continues to make a lot of sense if he’s available. Getting Burnes too might not be realistic, but Los Angeles has a loaded farm system and not nearly enough room to play everyone, so a big prospect trade isn’t out of the question.
Overall, Plunkett’s assessment seems right: How the Dodgers fill their hole at short will help determine how the rest of their offseason goes.
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