Winter Meetings are underway, and everyone is wondering whether the Dodgers will make any big moves before they’re done. With Shohei Ohtani rumored to sign before the week is up and rumors about about several other big names, it would almost be surprising to end this week with little news on the contract front. Until then, here’s what’s going on in Dodgerland.
The Dodgers have hired former pitcher Chris Archer as an assistant in their baseball operations department, writes Jason Mackey at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archer, who just finished up taking business classes at Harvard, will focus on player development, scouting, analytics, roster construction, and more in the hopes of determining whether his next step will lead him into player development or another front office role. Archer spent most of his nearly 10-year career with the Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ohtani’s notoriously secret free agent negotiations are happening with the same secrecy that one would guard the Coca-Cola recipe, and that isn’t a good thing, writes Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times. Yes, it’s a sport, but it’s also entertainment—and really, how entertained are fans with mere crumbs of intel?
And what happens if the Dodgers, after all of this hoopla, don’t sign Ohtani? There are several paths forward, writes Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, and most hinge on whether the Dodgers are able to close on Ohtani and fellow Japanese superstar Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
ESPN is keeping tabs on all the news from Winter Meetings, and the most interesting bit right now is that the San Diego Padres are getting plenty of interest in Juan Soto. His contract is expected to be in the range of $30 million after arbitration this year. The Dodgers haven’t necessarily signaled interested Soto, but it will be interesting to see where this division rival’s star ends up.
Dodgers legend Steve Garvey recently announced his run for senate, but he hasn’t done much else, writes Lara Korte of Politico. Garvey has made no public appearances in support of his campaign, skipped California’s GOP convention, and has yet to announce any major endorsements.