Dodgers: What the Winter Meetings revealed about LA’s off-season plan

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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 15: Dellin Betances #68 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the fourth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 15, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

The Dodgers are still targeting a few free agents

The lone free agent the Dodgers signed at the Winter Meetings was former All-Star closer, Blake Treinen but they may not be done yet.  Los Angeles still has interest in another reliever Dellin Betances who like Treinen is coming off an injury-plagued season.  If Betances returns to form along with Treinen, the Dodgers’ bullpen would go from an Achilles heel to the strength of the team.

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With Hyun-Jin Ryu still a free agent the Dodgers could look to bring in a free agent starting pitcher.  The Dodgers continue to have some level of interest in bringing Ryu back and they were even linked to arch-nemesis Madison Bumgarner during the Winter Meetings.  The club has not been linked to any other free agent starters yet but it could depend on whether they are able to land a starter in a trade, such as the possible Lindor deal.

As the Dodgers continue to seek upgrades to their lineup, the Dodgers still have interest in third baseman Josh Donaldson.  The club did not make an offer to Anthony Rendon but they are one of the teams still in the running for Josh Donaldson along with the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and possibly the Texas Rangers.  Donaldson is the only third baseman left on the free agent market that would be a big upgrade to the lineup.

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The Winter Meetings revealed a lot about what the rest of the winter could have in store for the Dodgers.  The team is shying away from long-term contracts and they are pursuing anyone that could help the team get over their World Series hurdle, as long a it’s a short-term deal.  If there is going to be a franchise-altering move made this off-season it will likely come through a big trade.