And it could easily end this way, too, the Dodgers filling some utility and bullpen roles and still heading to
Or there could still be time for some serious activity. Is it really needed? Maybe not, but that doesn't mean some it may happen. The Dodgers could yet:
1) Add a significant starting pitcher.
This would likely mean signing Masahiro Tanaka, assuming someday his Japanese club figures out if they’re going to post him, or trading for
If neither develops, they could start the season with
2) Extend somebody. You know, like Manager
All three could go down before pitchers and catchers report Fe. 8., though there is less urgency for Ramirez. He's under contract next season for $16 million and coming of a season where he was either brilliant or on the disabled list.
It would be nice to eliminate the lame-duck status that clearly irks Mattingly. And if they extend Kershaw, they can avoid his final year of arbitration eligibility.
3) Trade one of their four high-profile outfielders.
Unless you buy the possibility of the Dodgers dealing Yasiel Puig for Price, the two names most heard in trade rumors are
Kemp is coming off a pair of surgeries. Ethier is still owed $71.5 over the next four years, but Jeff Sullivan argues at Fangraphs, that with what outfielders are signing for now and still expected to (