The Los Angeles Dodgers have been at the top of the NL West mountain for a decade now (minus one lucky year for the San Francisco Giants). Being at the top for so long has put a massive target on the team’s back, as every other team in the NL West is gunning to knock the Dodgers off.
Like the Kansas City Chiefs with the AFC West, this could cause the rest of the division to make some bold moves this offseason. The Padres showed the rest of the division some hope when it comes to knocking off the Dodgers in the 2022 playoffs, which could prompt the other teams to get aggressive.
Dodgers fans should expect their NL West foes to get better, but there are still certain names that would be a pain to see come to the division and play the Dodgers 19 times a year.
Here are 4 free agents Dodgers fans better hope don’t land in the NL West:
Aaron Judge – San Francisco Giants
This is the biggest story in the baseball offseason right now. Aaron Judge met with the Giants in San Francisco, and it appears that rivals in the Bay have the best chance of signing Judge away from the Yankees. The Giants have been pitching the homecoming narrative to Judge, and if they pay up, it very well could work.
It does not take that much analysis to understand why Judge coming to the NL West would be a bad thing. While his home run total would probably decrease playing in the Bay instead of playing at Yankee Stadium, he would still make the Giants relevant regardless of who is around him, and would be a pain for the next half-decade-plus.
There is still a chance that the Dodgers can lure Judge to Los Angeles if they really open their pocketbooks, and that would be the perfect way to stick it to the Giants.