Dodgers: Ranking the Dodgers’ List of Off-Season Needs

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after allowing a seventh inning home run to J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after allowing a seventh inning home run to J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 08: Outfielder Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers grounds into a double play in the top of 7th inning during the exhibition game between Yomiuri Giants and the MLB All Stars at Tokyo Dome on November 8, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images) /

3. Second Base/Starting Pitcher

The Dodgers showed interest in DJ Lemahieu early this off-season but it’s not yet known how serious they are about pursuing him.  The Dodgers have Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and even Max Muncy as second base options so while the urgency isn’t high to find a second baseman, the Dodgers do need to sort out what their plan is.

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While Hernandez and Taylor have the offense to make them a reasonable starter at second base, the Dodgers might choose to leave them as utility men and start them all across the diamond.  If the Dodgers don’t believe Muncy can play second base then they should be in the market to pick up a second baseman.

Starting pitcher is another position where the Dodgers have no shortage of options but they could look to upgrade.  Kershaw and Buehler are both elite starters but after that the Dodgers have Hyun-Jin Ryu who has shown he can’t pitch on the road, and Rich Hill who has always pitched well in the postseason, but he is turning 39 years old at the beginning of next season.

The Dodgers would be wise to trade for a better starting pitcher like Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer to set themselves up for better success if they reach the World Series again next season.  The Dodgers have been linked to the Indians all off-season so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Dodgers left the meetings with Bauer or Kluber as part of the Dodger rotation.

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While not all of the Dodgers’ off-season moves will be completed at the winter meetings, they should leave the meetings with at least one or two acquisitions made.  With a surplus of outfielders and starting pitchers, the Dodgers should be much more active at this year’s winter meetings.