Imagine an outfield that consists of Cody Bellinger, Juan Soto, and Mookie Betts. It sounds a little bit like someone turned off the trade denial in MLB The Show. But given their willingness to spend big in free agency, it’s not totally out of the question for the Dodgers.
Los Angeles will probably see a number of big names walk away in free agency this year. That could mean a number of things for Andrew Friedman and his team. They could look to sign other big names, stick with the guys they have, or go out and re-sign some of the guys that are leaving.
Anything could happen this year. But you have to imagine that they are looking past 2022 as well. The Atheltic’s Jim Bowden went a far as to suggest that the Dodgers could land Juan Soto after he becomes a free agent next offseason. Bowden believes that is more likely than Soto signing an extension with the Nationals.
I’ve heard that when he’s amassed six years of service time, he’s more likely to end up with the Dodgers or Yankees. I would enjoy this time with Soto in a Nationals uniform, because I’m afraid there will come a day when they trade him, as they did with Trea Turner this past season.
That would be pretty insane given that Soto’s next contract could very well be worth $500 million, or at least close to it. The Dodgers have pretty deep pockets, but investing close to a billion dollars into their outfield between him and Betts would be wild.
But Soto is worth every penny that a team will spend on him. Through his first 4 big league seasons, he has amassed 98 homeruns and 312 runs driven in. He’s slashing .301/.432/.550 with a ridiculous .981 so far as well. His 160 career OPS+ is right up there with Mike Trout’s first few years in the big leagues.
It would be a huge stretch and sacrifices would have to be made, but just imagine that outfield.