Let's see, how does this work again?
That's right, kiddies, it may be only Dec. 14 and rosters are far from finalized, but the prime pickings are now off the board. When Cueto agreed to a six-year deal at a reported $130 million with San Francisco on Monday, that left the Diamondbacks and Giants as two of the most improved teams in baseball.
Two teams in the same division as the Dodgers, who for now have only grown weaker.
So active early last off-season,
They tried to bring back Greinke, but were almost implausibly outbid by the small-market Diamondbacks in both years and money. Greinke, 32, got six years at $206.5 million. Now Cueto, 30 in February, gets six years.
I can't remember the Dodgers officially saying this fall they would not go six years on a pitcher, but you have to wonder if they drew a line. Their offer to Greinke was for five years.
It's not like they won't go there, having signed Kershaw for seven years.
Of course, Kershaw was 25 when he signed his $215-million deal almost two years ago. Maybe the Dodgers think Cueto's injury history makes him undesirable for a long-term deal. And maybe they figured it just wasn't wise to go six years on Greinke, who'll be under contract through age 37.
Or maybe just nothing is going the way they planned it.
It’s been six weeks since the season ended, and the Dodgers have been doing backward ever since. An offense that needed improvement has lost second baseman Howie Kendrick without an addition. The rotation is down an irreplaceable ace. The bullpen was oddly supposed to be joined by closer
The team with the richest TV contract in baseball ($8.5 billion) has been left an observer. Pretty sure at this point last winter Friedman and Zaidi had already made about 2,311 deals. Thus far, they have officially re-signed infielder
And that's all, folks.
Even if the Iwakuma announcement is forthcoming, the Dodgers will still need to make an addition to the rotation. With the big boys -- Greinke, Cueto and
Which is not to say there still are not good free-agent pitchers --