1. The Dodgers sign a front-line starting pitcher
The Justin Verlander rumors have been running rampant, with the Dodgers legitimately looking like the favorites to lure the 2022 American League Cy Young winner away from the Houston Astros. With Walker Buehler likely missing the entire 2023 season and Trevor Bauer predictably blowing up in LA’s face, there is room for a front-line starter on this staff.
While Verlander has been defying Father Time, it would be a risk to sign him to a multi-year contract considering he is going to be 40 years old before the 2023 season begins. If it is a high AAV one-year deal, that would be one thing, but a multi-year contract might not be the best thing to do.
Verlander is not the only front-line starting pitcher on the market, as Carlos Rodón is also an extremely enticing potential target. Rodón’s slider is one of the best pitches in the sport, and if there is any team that could maximize him and make him even better, it is the Dodgers.
Rodón is younger, but does not have the same long-term track record as Verlander. However, with far fewer miles on his body, the Dodgers could be more comfortable with giving Rodón a multi-year deal.
The Los Angeles Dodgers could lose Julio Urías and miss out on Carlos Rodón this offseason and next because of Scott Boras.
Regardless, it seems like the big move that the Dodgers will make this offseason will address the team’s starting rotation.