The Dodgers have numerous holes to fill this offseason, but they were rather quiet in an early hot stove that was only interrupted by the expiration of the CBA. Aside from bringing back Chris Taylor and signing Andrew Heaney to a one-year deal, Andrew Friedman has yet to open his pockets for any other free agents. With Corey Seager now donning a Rangers jersey, this front office will need to find someone to replace his bat in the lineup.
Most of the talk has centered around free agent Freddie Freeman, and for good reason. He’s talented, reliable, and he fits a position of need for the Dodgers. He is also the face of the Atlanta Braves, however, and Freeman might not want to walk away from the reigning World Series Champions.
In the event that Freeman is off the table, here are a few reasons why Kyle Schwarber could be an ideal target for the Dodgers.
3. A Reasonable Contract
The Dodgers have a lot of money coming off the books heading into 2022, but they also have numerous areas that will require their attention. While losing Corey Seager definitely hurts, the money saved there could be used to upgrade at multiple positions of need.
Kyle Schwarber is an attractive target due to his offensive ability, but he would also come at an affordable price. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Schwarber is looking to get around 3 years, $60 million in his next deal. This isn’t a bad deal, especially with the type of money players have been getting in free agency this winter. If the Dodgers are able to get Kyle for that price without having to add on more years, it could be a gamble worth taking.
2. Lefthanded Production
The number one priority for the Dodgers this offseason will have to be replacing Corey Seager’s production from the left side. This is no easy task, but Schwarber would fit the bill better than most.
Looking at his numbers across a 162-game season, Schwarber is averaging a fantastic 37 home runs and 85 RBI. He’s also gotten on-base at a 34% clip over his career. However, strikeouts have always been a concern with him, but with production like that, teams are growing more and more comfortable with the trade-off.
1. The Impending Universal DH
While there is still enormous uncertainty regarding the next CBA between the owners and the players union, the universal DH is almost certain to be included. The time has come for both leagues to have access to an extra bat in the lineup, and Schwarber will be a key piece for someone in 2022.
The ability to get him off of his feet on a consistent basis did wonders for Kyle’s offense in Boston last season. Even with a slightly lower slugging percentage, Schwarber finished the season hitting at a .291 clip – the highest of his career. With the Dodgers’ ability to move their players around the diamond, Los Angeles would be the perfect fit for someone like Kyle Schwarber.