Dodgers Rumors: Nolan Arenado and Shohei Ohtani buzz
OK, now let's talk some serious upgrades. The Dodgers need a lot, specifically on the pitching side. But fans are still dialed in to the position player market because there are needs all over the infield (second base, shortstop, third base) and in left field. There's also no concrete clarity on the DH situation.
Though there's no traction, Nolan Arenado's named has popped up once again in the rumor mill. Some have already wondered if he could be an option for the Dodgers, and Jack Harris of the LA Times weighed in this past week.
He didn't rule anything out, but he suspected the St. Louis Cardinals might be more inclined to trade their surplus of outfielders, and that any deal for Arenado could be considered a longshot.
The Dodgers don't necessarily need Arenado, but he'd be a welcome addition for obvious reasons, and he's been a dream acquisition for Dodgers fans for years now.
In an effort to solve two vacancies, Ohtani has been the primary hypothetical target for the Dodgers this offseason, with many dubbing LA as the favorite to land the two-way star (even though he can't pitch in 2024). MLB insider Ken Rosenthal echoed that sentiment once again this past week, which helps with morale after it was rumored Ohtani might not get the insane amount of money initially projected.
The only concerns here? The fact it's an "obvious" fit, because more times than not those don't come to fruition; the Dodgers' lack of aggression in free agency (Freddie Freeman's $162 million is the largest free agent contract in team history, and Friedman's only pitching investment exceeding $50 million was Trevor Bauer); and finally, Ohtani's urge to defy convention, which he might be inclined to do because of all the Dodgers chatter.
Other than that? Perfect fit. The Dodgers need the best player in baseball, as the other 29 teams do.