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Jan. 7: What’s next for the Dodgers after the reported deal with Teoscar?
The Dodgers have had an offseason for the ages by acquiring Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow and Manuel Margot and re-signing Jason Heyward. Their busy winter continued Sunday with a reported one-year, $23.5 million deal with Teoscar Hernández, per MLB.com‘s Mark Feinsand. Will this deal complete the Dodgers’ offseason or are there more moves on the way?
Given how much the Dodgers have already invested this offseason — the deal with Hernández could potentially push the Dodgers past the fourth and final luxury tax threshold of $297 million — Los Angeles may continue to be all-in and keep adding to the club.
MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi recently reported that the Dodgers remained interested in star reliever Josh Hader, which was similarly reported by Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci earlier this offseason. The lefty closer is reportedly seeking a deal in the range of Edwin Díaz’s five-year, $102 million contract with the Mets, the richest deal ever signed by a reliever.
Beyond Hader, the Dodgers have also been linked to a pair of frontline starters that could be traded. Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes has consistently been linked to the Dodgers this offseason, as reported by Feinsand before the club signed Yamamoto. Dylan Cease, too, has been linked to the Dodgers, most recently by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (subscription required).
Jan. 3: Dodgers reportedly remain interested in Hader
The Dodgers have had a banner offseason, signing Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto and trading for Tyler Glasnow. Can they cap it all off by inking the best closer on the free-agent market as well?
According to MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi, Los Angeles remains interested in Josh Hader. The lefty is reportedly seeking a deal in the range of Edwin Díaz’s five-year, $102 million contract with the Mets, the richest deal ever signed by a reliever.
This isn’t the first time the Dodgers have been linked to Hader. Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci reported in the immediate aftermath of the Ohtani signing that the Dodgers were eyeing the All-Star closer, though that was before they traded for Glasnow (and signed him to a five-year, $136.5625 million deal) and landed Yamamoto on a 12-year, $325 million contract.
The Dodgers did fine last year with Evan Phillips and Brusdar Graterol handling closing duties — the two combined to go 31-for-35 in save chances. Hader, though, would be a nice luxury to have, potentially giving the Dodgers the best bullpen in the game on top of their elite lineup and much-improved rotation.