The offseason is upon us. The Los Angeles Dodgers have an endless to-do list staring them in the face. They have a ton of work to do in free agency and on the trade market, but that's not the first order of business.
That would be deciding what to do with their impending free agents. And there are a lot of them. There's no need to bore you with background info, either. This one's straight and to the point.
Who will the Dodgers keep? Who will they let go? And where will the players they let go eventually sign?
Predicting where each Dodgers free agent signs
The Easy Ones
Julio Urías - Japan? Mexico?
Probably looking at a lengthy suspension from the sport stemming from his arrest in early September on felony domestic violence charges. This is the second time he's been implicated in such a situation as a member of the Dodgers, who were probably going to move on from the left-hander had this not happened (his impending free agency case as Scott Boras' client obviously complicated things).
Kolten Wong - Pittsburgh Pirates on minor-league contract
Not sure he can return after Dave Roberts decided to use him in multiple big spots during a failed NLDS. Wong was a late-season addition due to the Dodgers' poor depth, and we can assure fans Andrew Friedman won't make the same mistake to put his team in a bad position for the stretch run. Wong still provides value as a middle infielder, and will probably be a depth option on a much less talented team come 2024.
Amed Rosario - New York Yankees (one-year deal)
We thought this was a slam-dunk trade acquisition when Friedman dumped Noah Syndergaard's money and Rosario burst onto the scene to make a tremendous first impression as a Dodger, but he gradually fell off and wasn't on the NLDS roster (Wong made it over him). There's no way that bodes well for his future in LA. Rosario is by no means bad, but he's a tad underwhelming. The Yankees need some veteran infield support behind Anthony Volpe and Gleyber Torres, which will improve their equally poor depth.
David Peralta - Milwaukee Brewers (one-year deal)
Peralta had his moments as a Dodger, but he sealed his fate with a little dance at second base after a double during the ALDS ... when LA was trailing by a million. On top of that, he was outplayed by Jason Heyward (who wasn't expected to make the roster) and James Outman (a rookie). There is some value if he's utilized correctly as a fourth outfielder, and something tells us a team soon to be in flux like the Brewers might need to call on his veteran presence and cheap price tag.
Jake Marisnick - Japan?
We truly had no idea Marisnick was still in the league until the Dodgers signed him for depth (again, because their depth was so bad!). Marisnick got injured and that unfortunately sealed his fate, but it won't help his case getting a job in MLB for 2024. Either a minor-league deal with a non-contender or an overseas/international contract feels like what'll happen.