As mighty as the Dodgers have been over the past decade, and as they continue to grow impossibly stronger this offseason, every team has a few skeletons in their closet. Although it's rare to hear front offices own up to mistakes in letting players go in free agency or via trade, there are a few who leave their teams and prove that their last club missed out by either not pushing harder to keep them, or giving up on them too soon.
A few of these five former Dodgers, all of whom are as-yet unsigned free agents this year, have gotten that specific kind of vengeance on their old club. Others were always bound to just pass through. Either way, we won't be seeing any of them back in a Dodgers uniform next season, which begs the question of where they will go next.
5 former Dodgers who are still MLB free agents as spring training approaches
Hernández is an all-time Dodgers fan favorite, and for good reason. His return to the Dodgers' clubhouse ahead of the trade deadline last year seemed to not only revitalize him down the stretch a bit, but give some life to the dugout as well. He got a nice ovation during his first at-bat in his return to LA, with fans acknowledging his contributions to the team's last World Series win and his mainstay presence in the lineup throughout his seven years with the team.
He's still a free agent as of now, despite some hopes that he could return to the team in free agency. Teoscar Hernández's signing, which will move Chris Taylor into a super utility role to back up Gavin Lux's return from a major surgery to the shortstop spot, pretty much killed any possibility of bringing Kiké back. It's unlikely that he'll be without a home for much longer, though, and he might even get to stay in (or at least near) LA. The Angels, who currently have an infield that they would have to stretch very thin if they had to put a team on the field tomorrow, are the latest team to express interest in his services.
It would've been fun to see Hernández suit up in a Dodgers uniform again, but it doesn't seem to be in the cards this year, as the Dodgers continue to stack their lineup and defensive configurations have become solidified. Unless he were to, god forbid, sign with the Giants or Astros, he'll be easy for Dodgers fans to root for no matter where he ends up.