Just like the last few years, the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster heading into the season is subject to significant turnover come November. While it seems insane to think that far ahead, it's hard not to when -- once again -- so many players integral to the team's culture and success could be gone in eight months.
Two offseasons ago, it was Joc Pederson and Kiké Hernandez. Last offseason, it was Corey Seager and Kenley Jansen. This past offseason it was Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Trea Turner. When will it end?!
Certainly not heading into 2024. The Dodgers stand to lose multiple key figures in their bullpen and starting rotation, as well as one of their most valuable sluggers over the last handful of years. Some are free agents, some have team options.
Either way, their futures are just as unclear (if not more) than the departed Dodgers that came before them.
5 Dodgers facing uncertain futures heading into 2023 season
Hudson will have prove a lot in 2023 if he wants to remain on the team next year. The right-hander tore his ACL after 24.1 innings of work last year, but shortly after the injury, the Dodgers opted to guarantee his $6.5 million team option for this season and then tack on another $6.5 million team option for 2024.
But Hudson's year isn't off to a great start. In his rehab from ACL surgery, Hudson's timeline was further delayed due to ankle tendinitis, and he's not expected to be ready for Opening Day. If he lags in his return to get back on track, the Dodgers might already have their mind made up for 2024, especially after all the mistakes they've made in recent years with relievers rehabbing from injury.