Typically, contract extensions are negotiated during the offseason or just before Opening Day. But with several Los Angeles Dodgers players looking to cash in, it wouldn't be shocking to see one or more deals inked during the season if Andrew Friedman can pull it off.
LA has stars like Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman locked up for the long haul, and there are others under team control. Still, a handful are slated to become free agents after the season.
So what are the Dodgers to do as they stare down another offseason that could feature significant roster turnover? Let's look at two players who should have their contract extension talks paused (if they're even active) and another with whom LA's executives should intensify the negotiations.
LA Dodgers should pause contract extension talks with Julio Urías
The most urgent of the contract talks this season is Julio Urias. The Dodgers ace will be a free agent after 2023, and could quite possibly sign the largest contract among all the pitchers on the open market.
But Urías hasn't had that dominant, consistent performance in 2023 most Dodgers fans are used to. Sure, he took care of business against the Philadelphia Phillies a couple weeks back with a 10-strikeout showing, but he's laid plenty of eggs through mid-May.
Only half of Urías' starts have been of the quality variety. He's had two very concerning outings against the Cubs and Cardinals, during which he combined for just 6.1 innings of work and 11 earned runs on 13 hits, four walks and only five strikeouts.
Furthermore, there's a certain big name who also resides in LA that will likely hit the open market this winter. While many see Shohei Ohtani as a hitter first, let's not forget that the two-way star finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting last season and is on track to be in the conversation once again in 2023.
Ohtani is going to set the market this offseason, so if the Dodgers miss out on the Japanese superstar, it's nice to have a backup plan in Urías. But the team should definitely wait things out on that front.