This is supposedly the off-season where the Dodgers and Andrew Friedman will finally pull the trigger on a prized free agent.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2019
If the 2019 free agency class were a Coachella lineup, this trifecta would be at or near the top. A pair of World Series champion teammates still in their prime, starter Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Anthony Rendon, and a 300 strikeout starter and Cy Young finalist who is just entering his peak production in Gerrit Cole.
Friedman and his team have shrewdly positioned themselves below the Competitive Balance Tax in preparation for the 2019 off-season. That doesn’t guarantee they’ll go all-in on a high priced free agent.
For a myriad of reasons, Friedman has never signed one of the top three highest paid free agents during his tenure. That trend may continue.
- David Price $217M/7 years Red Sox
- Zack Greinke $206.5M/6 years Diamondbacks
- Jason Hayward $184M/8 years Cubs
To borrow a golf term, Friedman was “inside the leather” on resigning Zack Greinke in 2015. Los Angeles was considered the front runner until…