While some Yankees fans are licking their chops over the prospect of Bryce Harper coming to the Bronx after the 2018 season, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times believes that the Dodgers have a better chance to sign the outfielder. Of course, other teams, including the incumbent Nationals, will have something to say about all of that. Here’s today’s look at the Dodgers..
- Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins is struggling at the plate but that doesn’t mean that we’ll be seeing top prospect Corey Seager right away, Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles writes. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said the team will promote Seager when he is ready, not because Rollins is underperforming. “We feel like he’s in a really good place to be a really good major league player for a long time, but when that is will be determined by when he’s ready to do it, when we feel like it will put him in the best position to be as good as he can be as quickly as he can be,” Friedman said. Seager was rated as the No. 5 prospect in the country heading into the 2015 season by Baseball America. All of the other prospects ranked ahead of Seager have been promoted already.
- The Dodgers aren’t doing much to entice Zack Greinke to stay, Mark Saxon of ESPN.com writes. Greinke has been vocal about his lack of run support this season as he continues to lose despite strong pitching. Greinke, of course, has the right to opt out of his contract following this season. If he doesn’t opt out, Greinke will be in line to earn $78MM over the remaining three years. Through 13 starts this season, the 31-year-old owns a 1.95 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9.
- The Dodgers are eschewing traditional batting statistics to try and ascertain the true value of hitters, as Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register writes. For example, outfielder Scott Schebler appeared to be struggling early on in the year with Triple-A Oklahoma. However, new Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler presented Schebler a pack of data showing him that he wasn’t so much struggling as he was getting unlucky. Several other players who spoke with Moura confirmed that the Dodgers aren’t getting hung up on batting average as they’re focusing more on the “real indicators” of performance.