4 big-name free agents the Dodgers must avoid at all costs

Jason Reed
Oct 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers operations president Andrew Friedman speaks with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) before game five of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers operations president Andrew Friedman speaks with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) before game five of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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1. Joey Gallo

The Dodgers traded for Joey Gallo at the 2022 trade deadline and it ultimately ended up being the biggest move that the team would make. While Gallo did not pan out in Los Angeles, the trade still made sense to this day. The Dodgers were taking a very cheap flier on someone who could have had a high ceiling.

Gallo ultimately did more of the same in LA that he was doing in New York. While he had some brief flashes of brilliance that made it look like the Yankees got fleeced, his overall production was around the same.

This led to Gallo not even getting a single postseason at-bat for the Dodgers. While he was on the roster, the team obviously did not trust him enough to even send him to the plate, which should tell you all you need to know about his future in LA.

Los Angeles already has an interesting decision on its hands with another struggling left-handed power bat in Cody Bellinger. The last thing the team needs to do is commit to bringing Gallo back when, quite frankly, it might just be a waste of a roster spot.

Let him sign a one-year deal with a small-market team that has a hitter-friendly park. There, he could potentially up his value and get a new contract next offseason. It is a win-win for both parties.

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