Los Angeles Dodgers: 3 way-too-early predictions for 2022 season

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 01:A general view of atmosphere at the Dodgers Holiday Festival at Dodger Stadium on December 01, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Dodgers Holiday Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 01:A general view of atmosphere at the Dodgers Holiday Festival at Dodger Stadium on December 01, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Dodgers Holiday Festival) /
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Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /

2. The Bad: No Correa, No Freeman, No Bryant, No, No, No

Before the lockout, the Dodgers lost Max Scherzer and Corey Seager, which sent fans off the edge. That’s led to speculation of which big names the Dodgers might sign when the lockout is lifted, with some such as Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman and Kris Bryant joining the conversation.

But let me stop you right there. The Dodgers won’t be signing any of those three players. The Dodgers have a lot of holes on their roster and have a serious issue with Trevor Bauer’s contract situation. He’s owed $45 million but the team and league are waiting on the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office to announce whether they are going to pursue sexual assault charges against him. The case doesn’t appear to be nearing a resolution, and if Bauer’s not suspended, the Dodgers will be forced to pay him. As a result, they may have to spend in an efficient manner to make up for the amount of production they lost.

That means don’t expect any big-ticket options, especially if Bauer’s issue persists longer and longer with Opening Day just over two months away.

In the end, the Dodgers have a shortstop of the future in Trea Turner, who they likely prefer over Correa, which rules out the former Houston Astro. As for Freeman, it’s still more than likely he re-signs with the Braves, so that would be more of an unexpected dream scenario. And lastly, Bryant is emerging as a utility player, but LA signed Chris Taylor to hold down those duties for the next four years.

Don’t expect the Dodgers to bend to make any of these scenarios come to fruition, simply because there’s so much other work to do.

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