Obviously the Los Angeles Dodgers swung and missed at any free agent acquisitions and the trade chatter is quiet. However, they have young guys on their current roster worth looking at for a long-term extension. This would at least allow fans to feel like the Dodgers got something done in the off-season.
One of those young guys is Walker Buehler. He joined MLB Network Radio on Tuesday to talk about his willingness to discuss a long-term contract with the Dodgers. Here is the sound byte.
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Still, it sounds like that isn’t something Buehler really expects.
“I don’t know. I think every one of those cases is different. Every front office is going to approach it differently. We have never had that conversation but I am never opposed to having that conversation. I just don’t know if it’s right for them or right for me at the time. Obviously, the way our front office operates to create flexibility within our roster. Going to get the guys that we think are going to help us. If that’s a conversation they want to have I’ll be open and if not it’s all good. That’s what is good about the system we have.”
The Dodgers and their frugality under general manager Andrew Friedman has been puzzling, to say the least. While Los Angeles can spend with anyone, they really don’t. Rarely does the organization do a long-term deal, and it sounds like Buehler knows that to be a fact.
Reading between the lines, Buehler knows this isn’t coming any time soon. Surely he’s open to it if the number is right, but reading his comment makes me think that he knows all too well how Friedman and company operate.