Buster Olney just reported what many Dodgers fans feared:
There is very little expectation within the
Dodgers’ org. that major $ — or even middling $ — will be made
available to add a pitcher.
I mean really, it’s not like they’re in a pennant race with teams pitching circles around them or anything (oh, wait). What do you people want, after all?
I think the divorce gets blamed too much in stories about the Dodgers. I think it’s broader than that. I think they’re just a team whose owners have decided can be very profitable for them if they scale back their on-the-field ambitions and put their energies into real estate ventures, football stadiums and soccer investment, all while controlling costs on the field and maybe raising the ticket prices some over time.
Fabulous business decision. Terrible way to treat a fan base.
At least six teams are interested in free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, according to a recent report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Known suitors include the Cubs, who will reportedly be in attendance during one of the shortstop’s offseason workouts as they decide whether or not to press forward with a deal.
The Blue Jays released Tulowitzki on Tuesday as general manager Ross Atkins admitted he couldn’t rely on the 34-year-old to bounce back from season-ending bone spur removal surgery and be the kind of consistent presence the club needed going forward. Toronto is expected to absorb the remaining $38 million on Tulowitzki’s contract, which includes the $20 million he’s due in 2019, another $14 million in 2020 and a $4 million buyout in 2021.
The veteran slugger will be available to any interested team at a minimum $600,000, an undeniably attractive bargain if he recovers in advance of the 2019 season. He last appeared in the majors in 2017 and slashed .249/.300/.378 with 17 extra-base hits and a .678 OPS through 260 PA. Per Slusser, Tulowitzki appears to be angling for a job with the Athletics — even going so far as to say he’d be willing to switch positions in order to play for a winning team — though they have yet to reach out about a potential deal this winter.