We are about 1 month into the offseason and the Dodgers haven’t made any notable moves. Their star signing at the moment was a $8.5 million deal for one year of Andrew Heaney.
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There is no doubt that Andrew Heaney could be a great pitcher. He has excellent pitches which his high strikeouts and low walks confirms. The issue is that when the hitters put the bat on the ball, he gives up hits.
Heaney has never had a great season in terms of ERA. He does appear to be a great fit for the Dodgers pitching development team. The Dodgers have a pedigree of turning good pitchers into great pitchers. Andrew Heaney could be the next one. However, at $8.5 million, the price point is slightly high but that’s what is needed in this market.
Dodgers looking for better depth by opening spots on the roster
The Dodgers have also traded away Billy McKinney and Zach Reks to the Rangers. They then signed Jason Martin and Beau Burrows. All of these transactions have been rather unnoticeable. Nothing that can truly help the Dodgers get back to the World Series.
The only real move the Dodgers have made that could have affected their day to day roster in 2022 was offering Chris Taylor a qualifying offer. He did end up declining the offer given that he is likely to sign a 3 to 5 year contract. Nonetheless, it was an offer to consider for Chris Taylor.
Corey Seager provides insurance for Dodgers
The Dodgers also extended a qualifying offer to Corey Seager but they knew he would decline that option. That move was just insurance for the Dodgers. If Seager were to sign elsewhere, the Dodgers would receive a compensatory draft pick.
They declined Joe Kelly club option for 2022 but that doesn’t mean he won’t return. His season-ending injury was the likely cause of this. Kenley Jensen is also a free agent but there haven’t been many rumors that point to the Dodgers being favorites to land their former closer.
The starting pitcher market is getting thin
Noah Syndergaard, Justin Verlander, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Matz and Anthony DeSclafani have all been signed. The Dodgers area for improvement is their rotation.