5 free agents the Dodgers can steal from their NL West foes

The Dodgers should be looking to not only sign big names this offseason, but to make their division rivals regret their life choices along the way.

Sep 19, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throws a
Sep 19, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throws a / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Elsewhere in the division, the Diamondbacks are coming off a remarkable run to the World Series that was rather abruptly ended by the Rangers. One of the key reasons why Arizona was able to do what they did was due to the play of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who lengthened that young lineup and provided strong defense out in left field, which, as it turns out, is exactly what the Dodgers should be in the market for.

Gurriel Jr. isn't the same guy he was early on with Toronto when he was flirting with a .900 OPS, but he still puts the ball in play a ton and generally hits it hard. If he could just find a way to elevate the ball more often, he could have some more upside in the tank. Then again, as a guy who shouldn't be too cost prohibitive ($11-13 million a year for two or three years seems about right) and can hold things down in left, there's the added bonus of taking the wind out of these D-backs fans' sails.

Jakob Junis

Finally, we come to the Giants, who don't have a many free agents this year (or at least free agents that the Dodgers should even remotely consider). Reunions with Joc Pederson or Alex Wood don't make much sense at this stage of their careers, and Sean Manaea is going to cost more than he's actually worth. However, LA could add some useful bullpen depth at San Francisco's expense by scooping up Jakob Junis.

Junis' 3.87 ERA doesn't inspire a ton of confidence, but a deeper look provides more optimism. His slider is borderline elite, he misses bats, keeps the ball in the strike zone, and doesn't give up a lot of hard-hit balls. The fastball needs some work and he isn't overly deceptive, but there's a lot of clay here for the Dodgers to work with. Perhaps most importantly, he'll probably come cheap.

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