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Mark P
2:30
Hi folks, the Dodger chat is underway!
Bellinger
2:31
do i resign at a discount or does the market pay something close to my expected arbitration value?
Joe
2:31
Do you think the Dodgers will bring back Cody Bellinger on a cheaper deal? If not who do you think will sing him and for how much?
Mark P
2:32
My guess is that he plays somewhere else, since there's enough interest in him as a bounce-back candidate.  The Dodgers generally make a point of extending or re-signing the in-house players they really want to keep.
Connor
2:32
Judge to LA for 400?
Mark P
2:33
Is this a Jeopardy question?!

The Dodgers wouldn't go to $400MM unless they had to, since it isn't their style to just drastically outbid the field.  Frankly, if the Judge market actually got as high as $400MM, I wouldn't expect LA to stay involved
Mario P.
2:34
Hi Mark, Could the Dodgers hone Taijuan Walker's game or turn Erik Fedde into a solid fifth starter?
Mark P
2:34
Either seems like a plausible scenario, given how well the Dodgers' coaching staff has turned around other pitchers
Matt (Costa Rica)
2:35
Is it pretty much confirmed with the Belli non-tender that the Dodgers have an ownership mandate to get under the tax? Recents comments from Gomes and Friedman make it seem like they are preparing the fans for no big signings. Even with Kershaw back in the fold, they are only at 180+ million, so they have room, but I am seriously doubting they sign one of the big 4 shortstops, Judge, deGrom, Verlander, or Rodon - could see a Senga signing maybe, what day you?
Mark P
2:37
Roster Resource has the Dodgers' tax number at $168MM, which is really $188MM if Kershaw is getting 20 mil.

So since $232MM is the luxury tax number, that still leaves the Dodgers with a lot of room to spend and still stay under the threshold, if that actually is a priority.  And it probably isn't a "priority," but more of a situation where if the front office can manage it and still upgrade the roster, that would be the best of both worlds.
Ricardo Delgado
2:38
Do you think a trade with the Guardians involving Amed Rosario going to the Dodgers make sense?
Mark P
2:38
That makes some sense, sure.  Even just as a one-year shortstop stopgap if they're not sure about Lux, or if they're wary of signing any of the big free agent shortstops.
Brandan
2:39
Poll Time: Who will be the Opening Day shortstop for the Dodgers? Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson, Xander Bogaerts, or someone else.
Mark P
2:40
Who is the Dodgers' opening day shortstop?

Xander Bogaerts (11.5% | 56 votes)
 
Carlos Correa (12.2% | 59 votes)
 
Dansby Swanson (9.9% | 48 votes)
 
Trea Turner (17.1% | 83 votes)
 
Gavin Lux (35.9% | 174 votes)
 
Someone else (13.4% | 65 votes)
 

Total Votes: 485
Guest
2:40
Hi Mark, do you think the Dodgers have an actual interest in Correa?  I feel like Friedman realizes this would upset a lot of Dodger fans. Thank you.
Mark P
2:41
I'm sure they have an actual interest, just out of due diligence if nothing else.  But, it is kind of a unique situation since the feelings are still pretty raw (even within the organization, let alone the fanbase) about the 2017 World Series.
Makffr
2:42
Bees?!
Mark P
2:42
Beads?!
Jake
2:42
Are there any prospects in the farm that could immediately fill in some of the vacancies that have left for free agency?
Mark P
2:44
Sure, plenty

Pages, Vargas, Outman, Pepiot, Grove, Busch, Amaya....all should get some form of playing time in 2023, possibly quite a bit of it depending on how things shake out.  Any team would love to have such a prospect core on the verge of the majors, but the Dodgers have the additional luxury of maybe not "needing" any of them to produce right away, or dangling a couple of them as possible trade chips.
Seth
2:44
Didn’t see you mention Bobby Miller as one of the top pitchers coming up for the dodgers, was that just an error of omission or is there something else brewing
Mark P
2:45
I forgot Gavin Stone, too.  The Dodgers have a lot of good prospects, is my point!
Rico not carty
2:45
Who ends up at third
Mark P
2:47
Who's on first, I Don't Know for third base

non-Vaudeville answer.....Muncy is the top pick for 3B probably, with Chris Taylor and Miguel Vargas also involved
Lux Tax
2:48
Is there any reporting on the contract length of Friedman’s current deal?
Mark P
2:49
Nope.  His previous deal was for five years, so I would imagine that his current deal (signed after the 2019 season) is at least four years in length.  There hasn't been any buzz about Friedman possibly leaving for another job, or the Dodgers having any dissatisfaction with his performance.
Ed Rios
2:49
I liked this kid, but it seems there’s no room for him on the roster. Do you see him landing a big league job in free agency, or is he more of a depth option a team would stash in AAA?
Mark P
2:50
I was a little surprised he was non-tendered, actually.  Another team will snap him up and give him some proper playing time....Rios has some interesting potential, if healthy
Miguel
2:51
Will Walker Buehler be able to return at the end of the season in time for playoffs? If so I would feel a lot better about the pitching but if not we really need another arm. Who do you think the Dodgers will sign or trade for to help the rotation?
Mark P
2:52
Buehler had his surgery in late August, so if everything went perfectly well with his rehab, a return (in a relief role) by October 2023 is feasible.

However, this being Buehler's second TJ procedure, it's hard to imagine him being back earlier than later
Bear
2:52
Why would the Dodgers even consider injury prone Kiermaier? Rarely plays a full season.
Mark P
2:54
They'd be signing him with the expectation that he's a part-time player, so they wouldn't be asking him to play a full season.  The idea would likely be to have Kiermaier against right-handers and as a late-game defensive sub, and any number of guys (Thompson, Taylor, even Betts) could take the CF duties when a lefty is on the mound
Klein25
2:54
With Tyler Anderson off to the Angels, do we see the Dodgers get more involved in the Andrew Heaney market? Heaney bought in to the Dodgers pitching development, and felt like injuries prevented a true break out campaign.
Mark P
2:56
The Dodgers will probably stay involved until the moment Heaney signs with someone else.  But, as I've written before, there might be a better chance that LA tries to find the next Anderson/Heaney than just re-signing the actual guys
Big blue
2:57
Is the aaron jugde news true about the dodgers wanting him
Zack
2:57
Are the Dodgers truly in the running for DeGrom, and what are the chances he signs somewhere other than the Mets?
Mark P
2:57
Just on general principle, the Dodgers "have interest" in basically every big free agent, since they have the money to theoretically sign anyone they want.  However, they obviously like certain guys moreso than others, and Friedman is pretty pick overall when it comes to truly big-ticket signings.
Klay T.
2:58
What are your thoughts on how the Dodgers project using Trayce Thompson next year? Dave Roberts has always been a fan of his game and I found it telling how much time he got in the playoff series against the Padres.
Mark P
3:00
He'll get plenty of playing time as long as he keeps producing, but to be fair, 2022 might also have been a perfect storm of a hot streak.  There isn't much else in Thompson's history to suggest that he can consistently keep up that production, so the Dodgers will likely still deploy him as a platooner or fourth outfielder unless he can reinforce himself as a true everyday option
Carlos Estevez
3:02
Any chance I wind up in LA with the Dodgers since this is Charlie Sheen's real name and he lives in LA?
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