Dodgers: What the Dodgers need to accomplish at the Winter Meetings

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman introduces Pitcher Kenta Maeda to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on January 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman introduces Pitcher Kenta Maeda to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on January 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning in Game Five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Sign one of the big three free agents

Andrew Friedman has done a great job over the last few years in “trimming the fat” from the Dodgers’ payroll.  Now the Dodgers find themselves with roughly $40 million dollars to spend until they reach the luxury tax threshold.  This is the most money the Dodgers have had to spend during Friedman’s tenure in Los Angeles and now it’s time for the team to land one of the big fish.

Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon are all impact players and all the Dodgers need to do is land one of them to improve the 2020 club by a good margin.  Rendon would give the Dodgers that impact right-handed bat that A.J. Pollock was supposed to be and very well could be in 2020 but it would be foolish to rely on that at this point.

Then there are Cole and Strasburg, two big starters that helped guide their teams to the 2019 World Series.  The Dodgers need one more innings-eater in their rotation and either Strasburg or Cole would transform the Dodger rotation into the best in baseball.  Imagine a playoff rotation with Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg at the top with Walker Buehler going in game two.  If the Dodgers cannot win a World Series with that rotation for several seasons then they may be cursed.

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