With the start of Spring Training now just around the corner, the free-agent market is starting to pick up a bit, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have somewhat quietly been among the more active teams.
The latest episode of DodgerBlue.com’s “DodgerHeads” featured host Jeff Spiegel and Daniel Starkand talking about some of the latest signings, including the Dodgers bringing back reliever Blake Treinen on a two-year contract with a team option for a third season.
Another relief pitcher that the Dodgers were linked to throughout the winter was Liam Hendriks, although he signed with the Chicago White Sox just before the recording of this episode. Considering Hendriks signed for $54 million over three years, did the Dodgers get Treinen at a discount, or should they have ponied up for Hendriks, who was the best reliever on the market?
Additionally, the Dodgers have been linked to another reliever in Kirby Yates in recent weeks, so would signing him to a one-year deal make sense, and can he still make a big impact coming off elbow surgery this past year?
Moving away from the reliever market, Spiegel and Starkand then discussed the latest rumors surrounding Justin Turner, who is still reportedly seeking a four-year contract. If the Dodgers don’t bring him back, then are there other third-base options like DJ LeMahieu or Kris Bryant that make sense for L.A.?
Dodgers’ competition in NL
After talking about the latest rumors, the conversation then shifted to who the Dodgers’ biggest competition is in the National League.
With the additions of Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, are the New York Mets now a threat, or are the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres still the next-best teams after the Dodgers?
To close out the show, Spiegel and Starkand answered fan mailbag questions, which included topics like LeMahieu, Eugenio Suarez, Josh Donaldson and more.
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