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Wrapping up the MLB season for me without CT in the Series, but listened to

a podcast by a LA sports guy who thinks the Dodgers absolutely will re-sign CT for 4 years and $18 million per year with maybe an option 5th year, essentially the remaining productive years for him barring injury. I think Chris likes the Dodger organization whereby they are committed to getting into the playoffs each year and he knows his value is as a super utility player, every day, but not necessarily at one position. He is their insurance policy, especially now that Justin Turner might be at the end of his career and could be the DH on off days allowing Chris to play at 3B while they groom the next young 3B in their farm system. Who knows if and to what extend Edwin Rios will rebound from his labrum injury next year.

My take on other Dodger decisions although you might not care or share my opinion:

Kenley Jansen - found his dominance late in the season after having a bad month or blowing save opportunities - Dodgers resign for 2-3 more years - loyalty is high in this organization.

Albert Puljois - a definite plus this year as a RHH 1B and PH, but showed he needs the ball up to avoid strikeouts in the post season. Dodger will offer him a chance to stay at a modest salary, but he might get a better send off year with the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Clayton Kershaw - Dodgers will try to re-sign for 2-3 years plus maybe 2 years additional of a personal service contract within the organization to show LA fans they tried, but it will up to Kershaw to realize he owes something to the organization also and decide to stay versus maybe more money with a Texas based team. Is his desire to return "home" more than his future hall of fame status as a loyal Dodger to the end?

Max Scherzer - likes the west coast and will probably be too expensive for the Dodgers at 38 for just a 2 year deal and could go to the Angels (don't know why if he likes winning) or San Diego (which needs pitching after thinking they had the total package this year).

Corey Seager - this one is the toughest decision because of the money and number of years. If the Dodger want him to be their SS for the next 5-8 years, that's where they should be and realize they then need to trade T. Turner before or during next year for LHP relievers of the caliber of what the Braves had this year. (T. Turner is not going to play 2B long term) Seager is going to have an active market as he is the top rated SS on the FA market and should command $25-30 million per year. So get out the checkbook Dodgers or be ready to pass and then resign T. Turner during next year as your SS for the future. Earlier I would have predicted a pass on Seager by the Dodgers, but the lack of hitting by T. Turner in the post season after leading the MLB in hitting is a serious drawback for a team that likes its stars to post in the post season.

Now to put baseball away, oil my glove for the winter (do they still make Neat's Foot Oil?) and be ready for Hoo baseball in February.

Posted: 10/24/2021 at 3:53PM


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