Dodgers: Walker Buehler Discusses Potential Extension to Remain in LA
The Dodgers are littered with bright young stars all across the roster with the likes of reigning National League MVP Cody Bellinger and budding ace Walker Buehler. Top prospects Gavin Lux and Dustin May could soon join in as top-flight stars. Bellinger is already amongst the game’s elite and Buehler is already one of the game’s best pitchers. The Dodgers will soon have to reach agreements on extensions with those two in particular with around $13 million committed past 2021.
The Dodgers could make some major moves this off-season to potentially cloud up their payroll, but they should have some serious cash underneath the luxury tax threshold to be able to lock up their guys long term.
In a recent interview with MLB Network Radio, Walker Buehler discussed a potential long-term extension to stay in Los Angeles:
Walker Buehler, when asked about a long-term extension with the Dodgers: "I'm never opposed to having a conversation."@buehlersdayoff | @Dodgers | #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/ukTAa8J0HE
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 17, 2019
The Dodgers would be very smart to have a conversation regarding Buehler in the near future so they can keep him in Los Angeles. The Atlanta Braves have provided a strong model to locking up young star players long-term during arbitration with Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies.
“I don’t know. I think every one of those cases is different and front offices will approach it differently. We have not had those conversations, but I am never opposed to having a conversation. I just don’t know if it is right for me or right for them at the time.
Obviously, the way our front office operates is to create a lot of flexibility on our roster and going to get the guys that we believe are going to help us. If that’s a conversation they want to have, I’ll be open. If not, it’s all good. That’s why the system is the way it is.”
Buehler finished the 2019 season with a 3.26 ERA and 215 strikeouts across 182 1/3 innings of work.
He’s the one guy I’d extend. He has the playoff grit and the right attitude overall and he’s going to have a good career. Wish more of our guys were like that unfortunately they are chokers including the manager. He pitched fantastic in an elimination game last year only for his manager to throw it away with notorious choke artist Kershaw and then 2 innings of Kelly who never was able to pitch more than 1 inning all year. I totally understood why Buehler was in tears after the game. I’m still sickened and my hatred for Roberts grows every time I think about it
Ferris poured his heart and soul into that game but our manager obviously didn’t. That can bring out some intense emotions
Of course Buehler should be extended. He is the young stud ace of the staff. And unlike others, he ups his level in the post season. He gets better as the pressure increases. This guy has Cy Young written all over him. Multiple times.
The “one guy” you’d extend? Come on, there are many reasons to extend other young stars. How about Bellinger?
Bellinger the postseason all or nothing hack ie not a team player. We saw him shorten in 2017 but he’s too much of a big shot now to do it. Seager the injury prone playoff choke artist violent swinger. Maybe Verdugo if he proves himself to be a true hitter like we saw when he was healthy. I see chronic back problems though
NODH, Ditto on the comments. Roberts and Kelly should never wear Dodger blue again. Kershaw should be benched for any future playoffs and World Series.
Walker “Stellar” Buehler (21) Has earned his keep he is a gamer period and he will continue to get better and better and yes he deserves a long extension with the LA Dodgers.
No love for Kershaw, apparently. Baseball, a cruel and harsh mistress. Always thought of it as a team sport. Certainly some players you should never go too deep with but I could not put Kershaw down as that guy despite some big disappointments. Baseball. My perspective.