- Jan 3, 2017
- Montreal, QC
Sounds about right. The article doesn’t address trades and that’s where Friedman may be aggressive
I have this theory that if the Nationals strike out on Strasburg and Rendon, they will give an extra year than the market on Donaldson and either Wheeler or Bumgarner. Gotta remember, the Nats love to defer money, so they have no problem going higher than the market. I just think that Strasburg will be ready to go home and I am sure Preller is going to toss out another monster contract because those have worked out so well for him. I just have this feeling that teams are shy about dealing with the Dodgers because save Alvarez, they seem to win each deal and I am thinking dealing with Friedman is where a lot of GM's get their ass shown. Think back to this last trade deadline, it would seem that the other GM's are going to ask for the moon and not come off of that demand. That is kind of why I see Friedman spending big on a free agent. Granted, I think he will make a big deal but it will be costly - figure Seager and Pederson are moved and at least one top five prospect gets traded, probably Ruiz, but I also think that they might entertain moving May if the return is right.
I still hope they take a strong run at Hudson (and/or Betances) and I am getting better with one of Taylor or Kike wearing a new jersy in '20. I am not happy about it, but I get the economics of the game and I get Friedman is not going to overpay for bench talent no matter how valuable or versatile they are. I just don't see Hill or Ryu coming back to LA in '20. I would bet they would be more interested in Cole Hamels because of relative health and less money being spent. As for Lindor, I still think this is the media's wet dream because I believe that the Indians can wait until the deadline to deal Lindor and their demands could be ridiculous - Seager, Lux and May seems like the jump off point and I don't think Friedman goes there. He may deal Seager but I think he will be dealt for either a huge package of prospects he can spin to another team or for another starter.
My Plan A, sign Rendon, trade Seager, Ruiz, Stripling and Uceta to the Mets for Syndegaard and sign two of Betances, Pomeranz and Hudson, hoping this will solve our bullpen worries. Trade Pederson to an AL team for a couple top twenty prospects (or Clint Frazier) and Taylor for one top twenty prospect. Find a backup for Smith who is not Austin Barnes and sign a fourth outfielder type like Dickerson or Pence just in case Pollock breaks an eyelash. Honestly, I don't have a Plan B and my Plan A is a massive pipe dream, but it is November and that is all we got are pipe dreams.