1. Max Scherzer and Corey Seager
Last, but certainly not least, the two most important Dodgers out of everyone who found new homes this offseason. Max Scherzer, after his brief cameo in LA following the trade deadline, departed for a record-setting contract with the New York Mets. Corey Seager, who reportedly rejected a ~$300 million contract from the Dodgers (which apparently contained deferred payments), left for a no-nonsense $325 million deal with the Texas Rangers.
Though Seager was effectively replaced by Trea Turner at last year’s trade deadline since Friedman and Co. likely saw the writing on the wall, Scherzer was not replaced whatsoever in the rotation. Right now, it’s Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Julio Urías leading the charge with Tony Gonsolin, Andrew Heaney, David Price and Tyler Anderson filling out the back end. No problems yet on that front, though!
As for Scherzer’s and Seager’s progress, it’s a mixed bag. Scherzer’s his usual self, but Seager took a bit of a nosedive after a hot start:
- Scherzer – 3-0, 1.80 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 2.04 FIP, and 33 strikeouts in four starts (25 innings)
- Seager – .243 with a .589 OPS, 78 OPS+, 6 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBI and 13 strikeouts in 17 games
The Dodgers essentially replaced Seager’s presence with Turner shifting over to shortstop and Freeman’s lefty bat joining the lineup, but we can expect some rotation issues during the first half of the season because there’s no replicating a force such as Scherzer, who LA might run into in early June when they host the Mets.
There ya have it. Mostly every departed Dodger is enjoying success elsewhere after three weeks of action, but it’s clear LA likely made the right decision not dishing out the amount of money that would’ve required to keep most of these guys since the team is doing just fine at the moment.