Dodgers Ratings: Kershaw, Bellinger, Turner, Anderson

Despite winning a league-leading 111 games, the Dodgers will find themselves watching the World Series rather than playing in it, after losing yesterday’s game to the Padres and retiring from the NLDS. With the 2022 season now behind them, the Dodgers front office will be tasked with setting up the team’s 2023 roster.

Nine-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw returned to the Dodgers last offseason on a one-year, $17 million deal with incentives, and, as MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk wrote in September, the southpaw is leaning to play in the 2023 season .

After yesterday’s game, Kershaw announced a similar intention, telling reporters that “from now on i would say i will play againby Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. However, the southpaw added that “We’ll see what happens. Coming home, being around and being a full-time dad changes your perspective on things,” by Ardaya.

Now a 15-year Major League veteran, Kershaw has been a Dodger his entire career. However, the southpaw has been heavily courted by his hometown Rangers in the 2021 offseason, a team that will be looking to add pitch again in the offseason. Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Rangers were “ready to give Kershaw more years, more money” in addition to the ability to “play home games 20 minutes from his home in Dallas”.

The Dodgers have more control over what happens with Cody Bellinger. With one year of arbitration eligibility remaining, the Dodgers will be forced to make a tough decision regarding the 2019 NL MVP.

Bellinger and the Dodgers avoided arbitration last offseason, agreeing to a one-year, $17 million contract before the lockout. However, the southpaw has yet to perform at a similar level to his magical 2019 season. Last season, Bellinger slashed .210/.265/.389 with 19 home runs in 504 at-bats, bettering his 2021 season, at the during which he posted a line of .165/.240/.302, but far from his .305/.406/.629 2019 season.

Asked about Bellinger, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts replied that “it’s difficult“and which he gave to Bellinger”a lot of leash because he deserved itby Ardaya. Importantly, as Matt Swartz’s model predicts, Bellinger is set to earn $18.1 million in arbitration this winter. It will be difficult for any team, regardless of payroll, to justify paying that amount to a player who has hit .203/.272/.376 ERA over the past three seasons.

If the Dodgers choose to cut Bellinger, there will likely be plenty of suitors for the 27-year-old, who slashed .278/.369/.559 in his first three Major League seasons.

14 year veteran Justin Turner finds himself in a similar situation to Bellinger, with the Dodgers holding a $16 million option, with a $2 million buyout, on the third baseman. Turner had a slow start to the season, slashing .256/.331/.403 in the first half before finding his grove and hitting .319/.386/.503 in the second half. However, the veteran, who turns 38 next season, finished the season flat, going 4 for 24 in his last seven games and 2 for 13 against the Padres.

With the Dodgers opening the 2022 season with a record $310.6 million payroll and paying nearly $47 million in luxury tax, the front office may be forced to forfeit Turner’s contract in an attempt to re-sign. other free agents.

Move to free agents from the Dodgers, a pair of All-Stars in Trea Turner and Tyler Anderson join the previously mentioned Clayton Kershaw.

Trea Turner is coming off his second All-Star appearance in as many years, slashing .298/.343/.466. That’s a step down from his 2021 season, where the right-hander posted a .328/.375/.536 collective between the Dodgers and Nationals, but that shouldn’t affect his stock as the No. 1 shortstop among a robust shortstop class, including Dansby Swanson and eventually, Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaertspending opt-out.

Turner recently suffered a Grade 2 right ring finger sprain but had negative x-rays and felt healthy enough to play in the critical NLDS Game 4. He’ll probably be fine for spring training.

left handed Tyler Anderson broke out in the 2022 season after spending his previous six seasons with four different Major League sides. The southpaw threw a sparkling 2.57 ERA in 178 2/3 innings while excelling at Limiting Hard Hits (98th percentile in Average Out Speed ​​and 98th Percentile in HardHit%) and Limiting Steps (4.8 %).

With Walker Buhler recently had her second Tommy John operation and Dustin May Recently returning from his Tommy John operation, in addition to the potential departure of Kershaw, the Dodgers will be looking for quality starters this offseason.

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