1. David Dahl
We don’t understand why the Rockies cut David Dahl loose, but their loss could be the Dodgers’ gain!
Why on Earth did the Colorado Rockies see the need to cut 2019 All-Star David Dahl after one weird negative WAR 60-game season?
Yes, his 2020 was brutal, and sure, the Rockies believe they can manufacture offense out of thin air (the thinnest air, actually!). But Dahl was very recently among their tippy-top prospects, and hit .302/.353/.524 in a breakout 2019 season that landed him in Cleveland among the league’s elite.
The soon-to-be 27-year-old is arbitration eligible for the very first time this offseason, and theoretically was under team control through 2023. The bizarre nature of this move masks the fact that Dahl is very much still a promising offensive and defensive option who was very recently considered a cornerstone on a different NL West team entirely.
The Dodgers have learned in recent years that you can never collect enough good players. They added Mookie Betts despite the fact that NL MVP Cody Bellinger already patrolled center field at Chavez Ravine. They couldn’t even fit MLB’s No. 1 prospect Gavin Lux into their championship roster last season, and that’s perfectly OK.
If top-notch talent unexpectedly presents itself, it’s OK to pounce now and ask questions later, especially with Pederson’s departure imminent, as well as potentially Kiké Hernández’s.
A move for Dahl, extremely confusing and impossible a few weeks ago, would now be quite hard to resist. Perhaps he even puts in a good word for his old buddy Nolan Arenado?