3. Joc Pederson
Joctober wasn’t able to take place in 2022 because the San Francisco Giants realized who they actually were, but after signing another one-year deal, Pederson will once again be a free agent. This will be the third time since the Dodgers let him go after the 2020 season that he’s hitting the market.
Why did they do that, again? Pederson had a notable playoff track record long before 2020 and has a slash line of .256/.332/.482 with 29 runs scored, 12 homers and 29 RBI in 79 postseason games. He was a driving force in the Dodgers’ 2020 title, was a force against the Astros in 2017, and most recently helped push the Braves to glory in 2021.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers had so many outfield problems with injuries and depth concerns in 2022 that they ended up trading for Joey Gallo. Joey. Gallo. After trading AJ Pollock for Craig Kimbrel, who was left off the playoff roster because of how bad he was.
After the 2020 season, Pederson signed with the Cubs on a one-year, $10 million contract, something the Dodgers could’ve easily afforded for a fourth outfielder. Fans have attempted to stand by the front office oversight by saying Pederson wanted to start on a full-time basis as much as possible, but … he didn’t. His 2019 season with the Dodgers still marks his career highs in games played and at-bats. Debunked.
The Dodgers made a mistake, and now with a clear need in the outfield, they can make up for it.