The Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the district 9 times in 10 years, entered the offseason to take a breather. Instead, the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants are overtaking the Dodgers’ stronghold with massive investments.
The National League West, which was once children of the Dodgers, is expected to become a field of fierce competition as the American League East.
San Francisco agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract with Carlos Correa on the 14th (Korean time). Philadelphia’s Trey Turner’s 11-year, $300 million contract, and San Diego’s Xander Bogarts’ 11-year, $280 million contract, are the best shortstop contracts ever. San Francisco, which originally promoted the recruitment of Aaron Judge (Yankees), increased its offensive power by giving Correa the funds it was planning to spend there.
Although they lost to the Yankees in the match for Jersey, San Francisco strengthened its player base by acquiring Mitch Haniger, Sean Murnaya, and Ross Stripling. To this, Correa, an all-around shortstop with all the offense and defense, was added. There is still room for 30 million dollars, including the luxury tax standard, so the possibility of additional recruitment is open. It seems that he will be put into recruiting a starting outfielder or bullpen pitcher.
San Diego has already declared ‘Win Now’ with the acquisition of Juan Soto trade last year. This winter, they showed interest in Turner and Judge, but the final recruitment failed. Instead, he brought Bogatsu and further strengthened his attack power. He maintained his pitching ability by renewing contracts with Robert Suarez and Nick Martinez, who had experience in Japanese professional baseball.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, are quiet. All he did was re-sign Clayton Kershaw and acquire Shelby Miller for $1.5 million a year. With too much money already spent on signing players, now is the time to take a breather. There is a possibility of additional recruitment, but it is not expected to pursue a long-term large contract like San Diego and San Francisco. The American media is also predicting that the Dodgers will have a season of reducing spending. Naturally, the ‘height’ is aligned with San Diego and San Francisco.토토
Even in 2021, when San Francisco regained first place, it was a three-way competition in the first half. However, as San Diego lost energy from the summer, it was eventually compressed into a showdown between the Dodgers and San Francisco, where San Francisco overtook the Dodgers to take first place in the district.
In 2022, the Dodgers world unfolded again. The Dodgers secured a strong top batting order with the signing of Freddy Freeman, and the rotation was enriched as starting pitchers recruited under one-year contracts performed beyond expectations. Thanks to this, he set the franchise record for most wins. However, in the postseason, San Diego, the 5th seed in the National League, caused a surprise by catching the Dodgers.
Meanwhile, Dodgers fans have more reason to beat San Francisco. Correa was the player who led the Houston Astros to the World Series championship in 2017. Behind Houston’s illegal sign-stealing scandal that broke out in November 2019, it was considered a ‘main enemy’. For Dodgers fans, who were Houston’s opponents in the World Series at the time, it is like an ‘axis of evil’.