The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a few issues to deal with as they begin their offseason earlier than expected.
Following the Dodgers’ Game 6 National League Championship Series loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night that knocked them out of the playoffs, manager Dave Roberts has expressed fears about the next offseason with many key players poised to hit the market. free.
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Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Kenley Jansen are expected to become free agents once the offseason officially begins. Maybe not everyone will come back.
“I’ve been here for six years, it’s a group of guys that could be renewed this winter. I am not looking forward to it. I wish I could have won another one with this group, ”said Roberts, passing by. True Blue LA.
Taylor proved to be the key clutch moments for Los Angeles. He’s hit three home runs in the playoffs to force a Game 6 in the NLCS and he can play almost anywhere on the Diamond or in the outfield which adds to his value, especially for National League teams. who do not have a designated hitter.
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Seager is going to be ordering a lot of money in the offseason. The 2020 World Series MVP has beaten over .300 for the third time in his career as a full-time player. In 2021, he hit 16 home runs and 57 RBIs as well as an OPS + of 145 and WAR of 3.7.
Kershaw pitched with the Dodgers his entire career and is one of the best pitchers in franchise history along with Sandy Koufax, Dazzy Vance and Don Drysdale. He has won three Cy Youngs, an MVP, a Triple Crown and has less than 400 strikeouts compared to 3,000 for his career. He’s not the same pitcher he was in his prime, but he can still add value to any baseball pitching staff.
The Dodgers did the smartest thing to acquire Scherzer in a mid-season trade. He was great in the playoffs, but the overuse strained his arm. He was 7-0 in 11 regular season starts with the Dodgers. He had a 1.98 ERA and 89 strikeouts with an FIP of 1.96 and a WHIP of 0.820.
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Jansen has been the staple of the Dodgers’ paddock for years. But he could also leave if the right deal arises. He’s been one of baseball’s most consistent closers and definitely still has some gasoline in him. He made 38 saves in 2021 with 86 strikeouts and a 2.22 ERA as well as an FIP of 3.08 and a WHIP of 1.043.