The Dodgers have an active roster that is basically full heading into the 2019 Winter Meetings, but Andrew Friedman has hinted at changes in-store for 2020.
The Winter Meetings don’t start up until December 8th, but the flurry of moves has started early this offseason, with the top catcher and top left-handed relievers already flying off of the market.
As the non-tender deadline passed on Monday, December 2nd, the Dodgers chose to re-up Scott Alexander and Austin Barnes to avoid arbitration hearings for the pair of Dodgers who spent just over 100 combined games with the big league club in 2019. Alexander fills a lefty specialist role, and Barnes remains an option to back up Will Smith for the upcoming season, but neither fill a major need.
The same cannot be said of other players non-tendered around the league. From the outfield to the infield, there are plenty of big-time gloves and bats available for the Dodgers to pick and choose from that will certainly have a chance to provide surplus value for the budget-conscious Dodgers, who are seeking to maybe add a star to the top of the rotation or middle of the lineup without losing their hallmark depth.
Non-tender players will allow the front office and Andrew Friedman to do so. In this article, I’ll get into the top starters and outfielders that the Dodgers could add via free agency thanks to the non-tender deadline passing. Some of these moves will be predicated on future hypothetical trades the Dodgers could make, which I will address within the appropriate slide, as the Dodgers roster, as constructed, only has one slot open on the 40-man roster despite plenty of rumors circulating about future changes.