With everyone freshly disappointed by last night’s news, lets just keep the feeling going with this afternoon’s tweet from Ken Rosenthal.
The Dodgers’ reported offer to Gerrit Cole does back up the news that their entire focus this offseason was on signing him, not that this is going to make anyone feel better.
Earlier in the day, Rosenthal tweeted out the possibility of the Dodgers just bringing back Hyun-Jin Ryu in addition to signing Anthony Rendon (both clients of Scott Boras) rather than signing Madison Bumgarner. Yeah, we’d all agree that sounds much better.
Speaking of Bumgarner, the Diamondbacks are reportedly interested as well so even if he doesn’t become a Dodger, you might not be free of him from the NL West.
There wasn’t much else happening with Rendon early on Wednesday, with the Dodgers, Angels and Rangers seeming to be the main three options for the third baseman.
I leave the Nationals out there because it seems like they (predictably) have moved over to the cheaper options in addition to Josh Donaldson.
The Braves might still be involved in some form as well, in need of a third baseman (even if it means just bringing back the one they had).
In other possible third base options, I figured I’d throw this in even if it is purely speculation.
If that really is the price for Kris Bryant (and he is going to lose his case against the Cubs), the Dodgers should at least be in the discussion, especially if Bob Nightengale is to be believed with his news on Francisco Lindor.
Both Dustin May and Gavin Lux would not both be involved unless some pitching (Shane Bieber or Mike Clevinger) was coming to the Dodgers as well. Based on everything the Dodgers have done with their prospects under this front office, that does indeed seem pretty obvious.
Nolan Arenado’s name is back to being thrown around regarding his potential availability with most of the same teams as above likely to be interested.
After missing basically all of 2019, Betances reportedly wants a one-year deal so he can return to the free-agent market again next year, likely with more value than he currently holds.