Previewing the Free-Agent Names the Dodgers Should Be Chasing This Offseason

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Previewing the Free-Agent Names the Dodgers Should Be Chasing This Offseason
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As one would hope and expect for a team with a $241 million payroll this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are well positioned going forward. Over past two years, general manager Ned Colletti has made several big moves that have filled previous holes: trading for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, and left fielder Carl Crawford, and signing pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu and right fielder Yasiel Puig.

Keeping those names in mind is important, because all the Dodger returning starters are signed to long-term deals except ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw, and he will probably agree to an extension this offseason.

In addition, Dodger president Stan Kasten has said that he does not feel comfortable signing players to contracts that will keep them on the team past the age of 36, so that takes the team out of the running if bidding on high-priced players like Robinson Cano causes contracts to run past six seasons (Cano is currently 30 years old).

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