Dodgers: Why a rare free agent splurge on Gerrit Cole makes sense

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 22: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning in Game One of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have paid their own stars when they reach free agency but it remains rare that they sign a star impact free agent from outside the organization.

The Dodgers have not been shy to keep their own free-agent stars, dishing out money to Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, and Clayton Kershaw in recent seasons.  It has been a while since the Dodgers signed one of the premier free-agents on the market.  You have to go way back to 2012 when the Dodgers signed Zack Greinke for their last impact free-agent signing.  That came before the Andrew Friedman era.

While the blue did go out and sign Joe Kelly and A.J. Pollock last winter, neither player is a star and were lower-tier free-agent signings.  It’s time for Andrew Friedman to go outside his comfort zone and spend big on a marquee player in free agency.  Not only could the Dodgers use a pitcher of Cole’s caliber but they actually have a need for it.  Here are several reasons why the Dodgers should buck the trend and splurge on Gerrit Cole.

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