Dodgers Rumors: Catching up on the Rumors to Date
The Dodgers’ off-season can be a crazy time with rumors flying daily once the hot stove fully heats up. Here are the latest rumors since the end of the Dodgers’ season until now.
With the winter meetings still several weeks away the MLB hot stove is still warming up. There have been a few Dodgers’ rumors to date but nothing that gets the water boiling yet. Here are the rumors that involve the Dodgers from the beginning of the off-season until today:
The Dodgers and Dave Roberts are still apart on their extension talks. The latest report is that Roberts is holding out for a four year deal similar to what Astros’ manager AJ Hinch received after winning the World Series in 2017. While the expectation is that a deal will eventually be reached the Dodgers did exercise Roberts’ 2019 option so he is under contract for next season at least.
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The Dodgers are in need of a starting catcher after Yasmani Grandal declined the club’s qualifying offer. while the Dodgers could roll with Austin Barnes they are aiming much higher and are interested in Marlins’ all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto. David Vassegh reported a few days ago that the Marlins asking price was Cody Bellinger and one of Alex Verdugo or Yasiel Puig. Puig is under contract for only one more season but Bellinger would be too high of an asking price. We’ll see how serious the Dodgers are in the weeks to come.
As soon as the Dodgers’ season came to and end, it was reported that the Dodgers had interest in former Rockies’ second baseman DJ Lemahieu. The Dodgers currently have a combo of Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez penciled in at second base and lost Brian Dozier to free agency. LeMahieu would be a minimal upgrade on Hernandez and Taylor so hopefully the Dodgers don’t have too much interest in DJ.
Dodgers Front Office
The Dodgers have some key positions to fill as their front office has been poached by a variety of teams this offseason. The biggest one is the Giants luring Farhan Zaidi away from the Dodgers. While the Dodgers are expected to look for a new general manager, Andrew Friedman could keep the position unfilled and rely on the current regime of front office members led by Josh Byrnes. Right now Byrnes is the vice president of baseball operations.
The Dodgers closer is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on November 26th. Depending on what the surgery reveals, Jansen could be out anywhere from two to eight weeks. Even if it does end up being eight weeks, Jansen is expected to be ready to go when spring training starts in the middle of February. The all-star closer will look to bounce back next season after another disappointing World Series.