The Dodgers don’t essentially want superstars, or acquainted faces, to fill all of their present 2023 roster holes.
They might look into cheaper beginning pitching choices and attempt to replicate the success they’d final season with Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney (who additionally stays a free agent and might be re-signed).
They might flip to former first-round choose Gavin Lux at shortstop, and fill out the remainder of their infield with a mix of youthful gamers (similar to Miguel Vargas and Michael Busch) and low-cost veterans.
Their newly created opening in middle discipline might be addressed the identical means. Trayce Thompson, Chris Taylor and James Outman all function in-house choices. External names similar to Kevin Kiermaier, the previous Tampa Bay Ray who broke into the large leagues whereas Friedman was that membership’s GM, might additionally make sense.
“We’re gonna spend the next few months vetting all of our various options and trying to be as aggressive as we can be,” Friedman mentioned. “Balancing that with trying to give some opportunity to some of the talented young pitching we have, some of the talented young position players we have.”
The solely factor clear for now: Just about each door doable is open for the Dodgers this winter.
They’ve stripped off about as a lot fats from final yr’s roster as they might. Now, it’s time to see what recipe they’ll use to concoct their 2023 staff.
“I’m confident we’ll have a real good team on the field and we’ll be in position to contend for a championship,” Friedman mentioned. “Exactly what that looks like, I don’t think we’ve ever really had clarity on what that’s going to look like on Nov. 18.”