The Los Angeles Dodgers offseason has been full of signings and new faces; however, the moves have all been made in the front office.
With the core of the team under contract in 2015, the Dodgers do have one position that is up in the air at the moment at shortstop. Hanley Ramirez rejected the team’s qualifying offer and is currently a free agent. All signs have pointed to Ramirez being on his way out as rumors have said he is unlikely to sign a long-term deal in Los Angeles.
With the shortstop position currently unclear, the Dodgers may be out of the running for another free agent shortstop via Mark Saxon of ESPN LA:
I've heard the #Dodgers are not likely to pursue free agent shortstop Jed Lowrie
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) November 12, 2014
Lowrie spent the past two seasons in Oakland with the Athletics and under new general manager Farhan Zaidi. In 2014, he hit .249 with six home runs and 50 RBIs in 136 games, but struggled a bit defensively. In Defensive Runs Saved, Lowrie was worth negative-10 runs in 130 games. The 30-year-old was not given a qualifying offer by the A’s and would not cost a team a draft pick if he is signed.
The Dodgers would be suited on defense if Ramirez doesn’t return with shortstops Erisbel Arruebarrena and Miguel Rojas, but they are nowhere near the hitter that Ramirez is. Corey Seager is also waiting in the minor leagues, although he is likely a couple years away from being a major league starter. The Dodgers don’t seem to be worried about losing their slugging shortstop and don’t seem poised to make a free agent signing at the position, meaning that they will refill from within.