The core of the Dodgers is young, and nobody will even be thinking about Cody Bellinger’s free agency for another half-decade
The majority of the Dodgers lineup will not be free agents until 2020 or later, with the exception of Logan Forsythe, who is a free agent this year.
The Dodgers don’t have to sign Arrieta, they can make it to the playoffs again regardless, but having a starter of his caliber can only help an already strong rotation.
The front office did not make a mistake in trading for Darvish. His first two postseason starts with the Dodgers were impeccable, and nobody could have predicted that the World Series would turn out to be a different story.
You can’t predict these things. All you can do is go off of what you know, and hope that it works out. Darvish, when he’s pitching well, is an ace. It’s going to take a while before every Dodger fan can accept what happened on Wednesday, but it happened nonetheless.
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Darvish is going to get a big contract with a big team, it may not be the Dodgers, but it will definitely be somewhere.
Of all the big-name free agents out there, and the big-name trade possibilities (i.e, Giancarlo Stanton), the Dodgers have a fairly good chance to sign any of them. Players want to play in October, and the Dodgers plan to be there for the foreseeable future.
When the Astros acquired Justin Verlander at the waiver deadline, many were debating which newly acquired starter would have the bigger impact in October; Verlander or Darvish?
The Astros were the ones celebrating on Wednesday night, so I think we have our answer.
Yu Darvish was good as a Dodger, and if it was just him atop the list of free agent starters, the narrative of what happened on Wednesday night could be slightly different. Teams could be less worried about what happened in Game 7 because Darvish is an ace, no matter what.
They’re right, he is an ace, but so is Jake Arrieta, and that’s really hard to ignore.
I think the Dodgers need to do something big, really big, this off-season because if there wasn’t pressure to bring a championship trophy back to LA before, there is now.