3 free agent outfielders the Dodgers need to target

World Series - Arizona Diamondbacks v Texas Rangers - Game Two
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have one player at the top of their wishlist in free agency, and that is obviously Shohei Ohtani. While signing the best player in the entire sport would be amazing, the Dodgers would still have holes to fill in order to make it back to the World Series.

Last season, there were five players who played regularly in the outfield: Mookie Betts, Jason Heyward, James Outman, Chris Taylor, and David Peralta. Out of those players, Heyward recently signed a one-year deal to return next year, but Peralta is currently a free agent. For the Dodgers to have a stable rotation of five proven outfielders again, they’ll have to look at free agency for answers. 

The option to look internally is always there, as they could give regular gametime to the organization's sixth overall prospect (per MLB Pipeline), Andy Pages. But Pages missed significant time last season, and likely would need a cataclysmic spring training to be elevated. Instead, there are some free agents in an admittedly thin class that could really help the Dodgers outfield in 2024. 

3 outfielders Dodgers should sign in 2023-24 MLB free agency class

Tommy Pham

It has been reported that Tommy Pham had been keen on joining the Dodgers last season, but that move never came to light. Instead, Pham helped the Arizona Diamondbacks in their incredible postseason run that saw them make the World Series. 

While Pham is a rather polarizing player, he could be exactly what the Dodgers need. It can be underestimated what a player like Pham can bring to the table.

The two superstars, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, are amazing on the field and well-loved off the field. A presence like Pham, who, in the eyes of many baseball fans, is seen as a villain, could help light a fire under the Dodgers in times of need. For instance, it would have been nice to have Pham instead of playing against him when it seemed the entire team disappeared in the NLDS. 

During his playoff run with the Diamondbacks, Pham slashed .279/.297/.475. Before that, he was last in the postseason in 2020 with the San Diego Padres, and in six games, his slash line looked even better at .375/.400/.458. The Dodgers need someone who can not only perform but also motivate others to do the same when it matters most. If Pham is still interested in coming to Los Angeles, the Dodgers should do what they can to make it happen.