Will Dodgers pursue Aaron Judge or reset MLB luxury tax?

Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux throws for first in a game against the Kansas City Royals in August.

Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux throws for first in a game against the Kansas City Royals in August.

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The Dodgers don’t necessarily need superstars or familiar faces to fill all of their current 2023 roster holes.

They could look for cheaper starting options and try to repeat last season’s success with Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney (who also remains a free agent and could be re-signed).

They could turn to former first-round pick Gavin Lux at shortstop and fill the rest of their infield with a mix of younger players (like Miguel Vargas and Michael Busch) and low-cost veterans.

Their newly created opening in midfield could be addressed in the same way. Trayce Thompson, Chris Taylor and James Outman all serve as in-house options. Outside names like Kevin Kiermaier, the former Tampa Bay Ray who broke into the big leagues while Friedman was that club’s GM, might also make sense.

“We’re going to spend the next few months evaluating all of our different options and trying to be as aggressive as possible,” Friedman said. “Balance that with trying to give some of the talented young players that we have some opportunities, some of the talented young positional players that we have.”

The only thing that is clear for the time being is that almost all doors are open to the Dodgers this winter.

They pulled as much fat as they could from last year’s roster. Now it’s time to see what recipe they will use to build their team for 2023.

“I’m confident that we have a really good team on the field and will be able to fight for the championship,” Friedman said. “Exactly what that looks like, I don’t think we’ve ever had any real clarity as to what that’s going to look like on November 18th.”

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-11-19/dodgers-mlb-free-agency-aaron-judge-bellinger Will Dodgers pursue Aaron Judge or reset MLB luxury tax?

Emma Bowman

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