The off-season’s biggest prizes have signed, but there are still many solid contributors yet to find homes. It appears that the Dodgers have been somewhat involved on those fronts with constant links of them to former Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson, Astros reliever Will Harris, and the beloved D. Mountain.
In a recent column for The Athletic, Jim Bowden discusses the top 30 players still available in free agency.
The Dodgers are one of the best fits for the top remaining infielder. The Angels are among the top options for the best right-handed reliever.@JimBowdenGM looks at the best players available in his MLB free agency reset.https://t.co/9DBldvDGqA
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For Donaldson, the Dodgers are listed as one of the teams on the outside looking in. Bowden predicts him to receive a deal in the neighborhood of four years and $112 million, a probable overpay.
With Will Harris, the Dodgers are listed amongst the most prominent suitors. Bowden is predicting Harris to receive a contract in the ballpark of two years and $18 million.
Rich Hill appears to be likely to get a relatively cheap deal with him being expected to miss half the season. Bowden is expecting a one-year, $8 million contract for Dick Mountain with a potential hometown discount for Los Angeles on top of that.
Donaldson figures to receive somewhere around four years and $100 million in total value, a price that most teams — including the Dodgers — would be unlikely to pay. Moreover, his market appears to be more between Atlanta and Washington over Los Angeles. It’s been quite some time since a whisper of a rumor has linked him honestly to the Dodgers. Plus Andrew Friedman appears to be more in on the trade market or standing pat before moving on a 4-year commitment to a 34 year-old third baseman.
Will Harris will be relatively cheaper due to his age, but he has been one of the sneakiest and best relievers in the league for a few years running. The question, though, is if the Dodgers would be willing to devote nearly $50 million per season to four relievers. The Dodgers are already paying Kenley Jansen a great deal, Joe Kelly’s salary has taken a leap, and the Dodgers agreed to terms with Blake Treinen this winter on a one-year, $10 million pact.
Rich Hill could be an easy return, but the Red Sox also appear to be in. Importantly, he wouldn’t be able to help until mid-season at best after off-season elbow surgery that could potentially put him out of baseball for good.