3 Shohei Ohtani backup plans Dodgers need to have ready after latest rumors

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail (in your search for pitching for the second straight offseason).

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Trade for Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames

You're done hearing about this, and so are we. But now that the Brewers are all but officially open for business, the Dodgers need to get the obvious fits that have been linked to them for years now. Maybe toss Christian Yelich into the mix for the hell of it to bring down the asking price? Why not?!

The duo of Burnes and Adames wouldn't necessarily help the Dodgers beyond 2024 -- both are free agents next winter. But they'd have a legitimate shot of extending Adames and will get first dibs on Burnes in free agency (he'll hit the open market as long as Scott Boras is his agent).

If they go the other route and take on Yelich, too, they'd at least have left field settled for the foreseeable future, which has been a roster issue since 2021. But if they don't want to take on the money, bringing in Adames allows them to shift Gavin Lux back to second base, where they currently have no full-time player and are planning to use Mookie Betts more (not a good plan). Burnes/Miller/Buehler, if they stay healthy, would give them a good postseason rotation for at least 2024.

This is probably the top patchwork option for LA that keeps them legitimate contenders for the next year.