The question arose after the Dodgers fell a victory before capturing the World Series. It resurfaced at the end of last week, after Japanese star Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels and the New York Yankees to cash to leverage the most valuable player in the National League Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. The question is three words and alludes to the challenge the Dodgers face when they arrive at this week's winter meetings.
So … now what?
With Ohtani and Stanton no longer available, executives across baseball predicted a deluge of activity this week as the industry meets at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista. The conversation about the gardener J.D. Martinez and first baseman Eric Hosmer should boost the hitter market, while Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta are emerging as the most prominent pitchers available. The relief market was unleashed on Sunday afternoon, with former Dodger Brandon Morrow reaching a two-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
The Dodgers can not totally avoid the frenzy, but they are not expected to make meaningful offers to any free agent, at least at the beginning of the winter. The team does not seem to have a major weakness: the lineup is mostly young and affordable, the rotation remains deep and Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations, has demonstrated a skill for rebuilding tournaments each year.
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The Dodgers' main focus in the first few weeks of the offseason were plugging holes in the front office, after the farm manager, Gabe Kapler, left the direction of the Philadelphia Phillies and the executive Alex Anthopoulos will step down as general manager of the Atlanta Braves The Dodgers also made some adjustments to his coaching staff, and could lose the bullpen coach Josh Bard to the Yankees.
The search for "real impact talent" has The Dodgers were one of seven finalists to sign Ohtani, but the inability to offer him a designated hitter opportunity may have condemned his bet. Ohtani chose the Angels, the Yankees broke into Stanton's raffle and made an agreement to acquire the fearsome hitter.
Since the start of the offseason, Dodgers officials were skeptical about the possibility of acquiring Stanton. Armed with a complete no-trade clause, Stanton did not hide his desire to return to Los Angeles, where he attended Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks. Despite this, team officials recognized a series of obstacles in their path, from the remaining $ 295 million in the Stanton contract to the zeal of the new Miami-owned group for losing their salaries to the concerns of the Dodgers. incur additional fines for the luxury tax.
the sixth season in a row, the Dodgers' payroll is expected to exceed the baseball's luxury tax threshold of $ 197 million. The team's luxury tax bill is already projected at $ 205.5 million, according to Cot's baseball contracts. As criminals on five occasions, the Dodgers must pay 50% for every dollar spent above the threshold, with penalties increasing if the payroll exceeds the barriers by $ 217 million and $ 237 million.
The Dodgers played with the idea of sending some of their onerous contracts, such as the agreements of Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Adrian Gonzalez, to offset some of Stanton's cost. But Miami sought to shed money above all else. And Gonzalez exercised a no-trade clause and may not have approved an agreement across the country to play in a losing club.
As the Marlins, now Directed by Derek Jeter, received offers, St. Louis and San Francisco distinguished themselves by their apparent willingness to absorb the entire Stanton contract. Stanton invoked his no-trade clause after the meetings in person this month with both organizations.
Stanton was more willing to consider New York. The Yankees entered the offseason with a luxury tax bill estimated at $ 170.3 million, which allowed more space to maneuver. The team will badume a reported salary of $ 265 million in exchange for the infielder Starlin Castro and a gro of the lower level prospects.
The Dodgers seemed more willing to part with talented prospects than to absorb money. Miami preferred money in its efforts to eliminate $ 400 million in debt from books. The Marlins may still be interested in receiving offers for outfielder Marcell Ozuna, which costs much less than Stanton.
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