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If it wasn’t already clear, the Guerrero signing is the nail in the coffin of the idea that the Dodgers would sign Robinson Cano.
However, there are still a couple big-money decisions that need to be made, and one of those is a necessity: Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw, who led the league in ERA for the third straight year, is a free agent after next season and is due for a massive extension. It seems likely to be concluded this offseason, so the Dodgers will be able to relax knowing they have locked up their young ace to a long-term deal.
The other pertinent decision relates to Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the next high-profile pitcher to likely jump stateside. The Dodgers have expressed interest, but the price tag will be high. A profile of Tanaka can be found here, but suffice it to say that a potential top-of-the-rotation starter would command a price tag nearing $100 million (counting the posting fee).
While on the surface the Dodgers may not seem a logical fit with last season’s additions of Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu still under contract for several years, they proved this season that there is no such thing as too much starting pitching. Having as many elite starters as possible certainly provides insurance against injuries, so it would not be a surprise to see the Dodgers heavily involved.
In fact, this is a move that makes a lot of sense. It provides an outlet for the money that is clearly burning a hole in the ownership group’s pockets, and it bolsters the rotation—a spot that can be especially important to solidify if a team wants to contend.