It’s that time of the year when baseball sites make their predictions for free agency. Many predict the Dodgers to strikeout on the big three.
While the Dodgers can technically start signing free agents now, the top free agents generally tend to sign at the December Winter Meetings or shortly after them. As the action is on hold until December, many websites have begun making their predictions on where the top free agents will go. According to a few sites, the Dodgers will strikeout on Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon.
Sporting News predicts that the Nationals will keep their club together and re-sign Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon. They also have Gerrit Cole going to the Angels which seems to be a popular pick with the Angels looking for more star power. According to Sporting News, the Dodgers will re-sign Hyun-Jin Ryu and keep the Korean Monster in Los Angeles.
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The New York Post predicts the same fate for the big three free agents with Strasburg and Rendon staying in Washington D.C. and the Angels making a big splash by luring Gerrit Cole back home. Like Sporting News, the NY Post also has the Dodgers keeping Hyun-Jin Ryu on a three-year deal worth $60 million. They also have LA signing Dellin Betances who had an injury-plagued 2019 season but when healthy is one of the top setup relievers in baseball.
One of the best sites for trade rumors, MLB Trade Rumors paints a much bleaker off-season for the Dodgers. They have the Dodgers losing Ryu and only signing Drew Pomeranz to a two year $16 million dollar deal. They also have Cole going to the Angels while the Nationals retain Strasburg and Rendon. MLB Trade Rumors has Ryu going to the Texas Rangers.
While these are just educated guesses, it’s always fun to see what others think the Dodgers will do in free agency. While Dodger fans are hoping the team splurges for Rendon, Strasburg, or Cole, the likelihood for the blue is that any big upgrades will come through trades. The Dodgers have the depth to land upgrades without torching their farm system and Andrew Friedman is more open to roster changes after an early playoff exit.
Given that the Dodgers do have approximately $40 million in luxury tax room, they should at a minimum bring Ryu back in addition to making a few other roster tweaks. ESPN’s Jeff Passan has been the one expert who predicts Rendon will be a Dodger. Where do you see the top free agents going? Comment below!