The Dodgers have managed to keep eyes on them from day one of the offseason. Between the races for the year's -- perhaps the decade's -- biggest free agents, and stars attending the Golden Globes, the successes of LA's offseason has led even the most casual of baseball fans to wonder what they're going to do next.
The rotation is the biggest concern now, with some talk about Dylan Cease or Shane Bieber as potential trade candidates if the Dodgers can't or won't make another big free agent splash. There are other rumors involving former players as well as questions marks around Gavin Lux at shortstop if he can't perform after a major surgery.
Here's a quick roundup of what's happening as it pertains to the Dodgers.
Former Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig drawing renewed MLB interest?
Per Francys Romero, some teams are interested in signing former Dodger Yasiel Puig after he spent one year in the Mexican League and one in the KBO. Puig is set to begin 2024 with the Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Professional Baseball League, but his performance in Venezuelan winter ball (.360 batting average, 12 home runs and 32 RBI) reportedly has the Rays, among others, eyeing him.
Puig spent six years with the Dodgers at the beginning of his career before being traded to the Reds in 2019. His trade to the Guardians later that year sent Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati. Puig is an embattled figure, to say the least, with myriad legal issues following him throughout his career, which ultimately led to his exile from MLB. The latest issue involves illegal sports betting, the court proceedings of which are still ongoing.
Willy Adames trade update: How does it affect Dodgers?
Talk about a potential trade of Corbin Burnes (or of Burnes and Willy Adames) to the Dodgers has been quiet for months, despite early enthusiasm at the beginning of the offseason. Burnes seems totally out of the question as the offseason has progressed, and now Adames might be too.
Andy McCollough of The Athletic (subscription required) believes Adames will be a Brewer at the start of the 2024 season, but did still leave the door cracked open with a few months left to go before Opening Day.
Adames has been long-coveted by the Dodgers, who rotated players in and out of shortstop in 2023 due to Lux's absence. This year's free agent market is scarce on hitters, but it's even lower on quality shortstops, so a trade could still make sense later in the season if Lux doesn't perform as well as he did before he got hurt, and if the Brewers can't make a run to the top of an open NL Central division.