Dodgers: Two Notable Veterans That Could be a Fit For LA
The Dodgers are built to win now. Kershaw is in the final years of his prime, Seager, Bellinger, and Buehler are all firmly under team control, and a wave of fresh prospects is on its way in 2020. But stop gaps are needed to help fill out the roster.
Without landing a star free agent or without a blockbuster trade, the Dodgers will be left devoid of one of the qualities that have led them to the World Series in back-to-back seasons: depth at every position.
It may not have been that obvious to us as Dodger fans because we have gotten to see it over and over and over again over the last six seasons really, but especially since 2017.
When Kershaw got hurt in 2017, the Dodgers’ rotation was able to fight through it and lead the team into the playoffs. When Turner and Seager got hurt last season, Max Muncy and Kike Hernandez stepped up and had career years to help keep the Dodgers afloat until reinforcements arrived.
The Dodgers are a “Next Man Up” team under the current front office regime, but as the roster is currently constructed, this is not nearly the case. After dealing four major leaguers away essentially for none in the Puig/Wood trade with Cincinnati, the Dodgers need to solidify their 25-man roster with a veteran or two that can succeed in the NL West and that has experience in big games.
In this article, I go through two veterans, a catcher and an outfielder, who the Dodgers could add both without breaking the bank and without requiring multi-year deals.