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What's next for the Dodgers?

What's next for the Dodgers?

What's next for the Dodgers?

What's next for the Dodgers?

With the divorce finally settled, what changes will we see in Los Angeles?

The first question is ownership.  Will McCourt sell the team?  It seems like he'd like to keep the team but Bud Selig might not feel the same.  The Dodgers had a large TV contract offer on the table that Selig nixed, maybe now he can get a similar offer and get this franchise back on it's feet.

The next question is with the GM, Ned Colletti.  Colletti has one year left in his deal, the Dodgers need to decide if he's the one to lead them.

Now let's look at the roster. They have six arbitration eligible players - Clayton Kershaw (1st time), Tony Gwynn Jr. (2nd time), Matt Kemp, James Loney, Hong-Chih Kuo (3rd time), and Andre Ethier (4th time).  Kershaw is a no-brainer, it would even be in the interest of the team to extend him.  Gwynn should be picked up, he makes 675,000 - So the arbitration won't cost too much.  Kemp is no-doubt as well, he's another player who should be considered for extension. I personally wouldn't offer Loney arbitration, a 1st baseman who averages .288 with 14 home runs, 4,875,000 is his current salary and he's going to get a jump.  Kuo is another, coming off the worst year of his career but will probably be picked up.  Lastly is Ethier - Ethier makes 9,500,000 and is going into his final year of arbitration.  He's going to get a huge boost, it would be in their best interest to try to deal Ethier - Dealing him to a team like the Red Sox, who need a right fielder, might be good for both teams.

The Dodgers are going to have lots of holes to fill.  Kuroda, Broxton, Barajas, Carroll, Padilla, Cormier, Navarro, Thames, MacDougal, and Miles are all free agents.  Luckily, none of these are stars.  Expect the Dodgers to be in on some of the free agent closers like Bell and K-Rod.  They will also be looking for a catcher.  Tim Federowicz, who they got in the Trayvon Robinson trade, put up good numbers in the minors but he's not ready for full time duty, so expect them to sign one in free agency.  Casey Blake has an option, with such a weak third base free agent class, they might as well pick up the one year option.  One move that would make sense is the make an offer to Mark Buehrle - The free agent fly baller would put up good numbers in Dodger Stadium.  The real fan-winning move would be to make a run at one of the big first base free agents.  Adding a bat like that to this lineup would do the Dodgers well.  Adding a big star in LA would be a perfect fit.

Now that the drama is out of the way, adding Pujols, Bell, Buehrle, and Doumit could put the Dodgers right back in the playoff hunt.

By Los Angeles Dodgers
Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011

 

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