4 free agents Dodgers fans better hope don’t land in the NL West

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits his 29th home run of the season against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by New York Yankees/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits his 29th home run of the season against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by New York Yankees/Getty Images) /
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Jose Abreu – San Diego Padres

Jose Abreu may not be as big of a name as Aaron Judge, but he would still be a huge addition to the NL West that would be a thorn in the Dodgers’ side. The 2020 AL MVP has been one of the most consistent hitters in the entire sport, and he would fit in nicely in the middle of the Padres’ order.

San Diego has been tied to Abreu this offseason, with a hole at first base for a power-hitting right-handed bat. With Fernando Tatis Jr. returning, having Abreu in the lineup would give the Padres perhaps the best 1-4 in the entire sport with Tatis, Juan Soto, Manny Machado and Abreu.

Abreu absolutely torches left-handed pitching and would be a menace in the middle of the order for someone like Clayton Kershaw. It is the perfect kind of signing for the Padres to make without breaking the bank.

What would make it worse would be the fact that Abreu would fit very nicely on the Dodgers as well. While the Dodgers have a first baseman, bringing Abreu in to DH and replace Justin Turner’s presence in the lineup would be fantastic for Los Angeles.

To not only miss out on that, but to see him go to San Diego, would be heartbreaking for the Dodgers.

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