The San Diego Padres made major headlines last week with the acquisitions of starting pitchers Blake Snell and Yu Darvish. In addition, they added infielder Ha-Seong Kim to add additional depth that was lacking last season.
After finishing with one of the best records in the league and six games back of the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres are poised to make a serious run to overtake them. Now the question is whether or not the Dodgers feel they have enough to maintain on top or if some moves are in their future.
As has been the case with many of the teams around the league, the Dodgers have been slow this offseason in terms of moves. They have added a couple pitchers in Corey Knebel and Tommy Kahnle, but their expected contribution is not significant, at least for 2021. The team has free agents to re-sign and wonder if David Price will pitch this year after opting out last season.
There are big names available on the market, such as Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, and DJ LeMahieu, but there are factors involved that will determine how much the team is able to do. The Dodgers are expected to exceed the tax line by over $17 million, if they want to do that again, then they will have a significant amount of money they can put out for free agents. It all depends on how far into the tax zone the Dodgers are willing to go.
If the Dodgers feel they have enough young talent coming up through their system to making impacts, then they may forego spending a lot on the free agent market. They have brought up a significant amount of talent in recent years but now their farm system doesn’t have the high-end type talent after picking later in the draft.
The question is whether or not the Dodgers choose to respond to the Padres significant off season moves. Depends on how confident they are in their current roster being strong enough to hold them off.
Then again, it could boil down to finances and is this day in baseball, virtually every team will pay the price to improve as much as possible. Expect the Dodgers to do the same between now and opening day.