Los Angeles Dodgers: Pursuit Of Star Players May Pay Off For Stan Kasten

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Updated: January 9, 2020
Over the weekend, Los Angeles Dodgers president Stan Kasten discussed the team's payroll, fan discontent, and other topics with Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke. The most interesting part of Kasten's conversation with Plaschke was when he said he expects the Dodgers to exceed the luxury-tax threshold in 2020. As we noted on Monday, the Dodgers will need to add substantial payroll before season's end to cross over the tax line. Because of the Dodgers' payroll flexibility and their repeated failures to win a World Series, they've been connected to nearly every star on the trading block -- be it Mookie Betts, Nolan Arenado, or Francisco Lindor. It stands to reason that the Dodgers will land one of them, or someone of equivalent standing, at some point between now and August 2020. Otherwise, the Dodgers will have wasted a golden opportunity to improve their championship chances. Read More...
 
https://dodgerblue.com/mookie-betts-trade-rumors-dodgers-red-sox-talks-more-dynamic-than-francisco-lindor-negotiations/2020/01/02/Having publicly stated a desire to add elite talent to their roster this offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers are left to improve via trade in the wake of being passed over by Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg in free agency. The Dodgers have long been linked to trade speculation involving Cleveland Indians teammates Mike Clevinger and Francisco Lindor, and more recently were said to have discussed scenarios centered around Boston Red Sox All-Star Mookie Betts. To a lesser extent the Dodgers have also been mentioned in Nolan Arenado trade rumors, though more as a presumed suitor as opposed to likely partner for the Colorado Rockies to possibly complete a deal with. As the Dodgers and Indians remain at odds over Gavin Lux, talks with the Red Sox have picked up, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com: As a result, sources say the Dodgers’ negotiations with the Red Sox about acquiring Mookie Betts have become at least as frequent — and perhaps even more involved — than their talks with the Indians about Lindor. The Dodgers’ conversations with the Red Sox are said to be more dynamic than the Dodgers-Indians talks, because Boston appears less insistent on Lux. Read More...
 
https://www.dodgersnation.com/dodgers-stan-kasten-talks-pursuit-of-star-free-agents-in-recent-seasons/2020/01/05/Without question, the Los Angeles Dodgers have struck out in regards to making a splash move this winter. While everyone has been patient in waiting for the big move to happen, ownership has remained mostly silent. The last time we heard from part owner Stan Kasten, he said the playoff losses hurt worse for him then it did the fan base. Now Kasten is talking with the LA Times in regards to the Dodgers’ pursuits of star players. Read More...
 
https://www.dodgersnation.com/dodgers-los-angels-adds-another-arm-to-bullpen-depth/2020/01/07/Just hours after it was announced the Dodgers signed Jimmy Nelson to a one-year deal, Los Angeles added another arm. The team signed right-handed pitcher Edubray Ramos to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. While Jimmy Nelson offers the Dodgers some depth in the rotation, Ramos offers them bullpen help if needed. Nelson may also end up in the bullpen long-term, but it never hurts to have these guys waiting in the wings. Read More...
 

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