LOS ANGELES -- Even when you reach the World Series for the first time in 29 years, there's always next year. And even if the Dodgers have fewer offseason issues than most clubs, the issues still exist.For the most part, however, the tasks for president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman
LOS ANGELES -- Even when you reach the World Series for the first time in 29 years, there's always next year. And even if the Dodgers have fewer offseason issues than most clubs, the issues still exist.
For the most part, however, the tasks for president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi are modest, and the bigger issues revolve around health.
Free agents: Yu Darvish, John Forsythe ($8.5 million club option with a $1 million buyout), Curtis Granderson, Franklin Gutierrez, Andre Ethier ($17.5 million club option with a $2.5 million buyout), Brandon Morrow, Chase Utley, Tony Watson.
Arbitration-eligible players: Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez, Tony Cingrani, Josh Fields, Yimi Garcia, Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Alex Wood.
Does Corey Seager need elbow surgery?
He's been playing in pain for months now and even Seager himself has hinted that surgery is on the table. The fact that both he and the club have been extremely vague about the severity of the injury has only fueled suspicion that it's more bad than good. Should Seager not be healthy enough to play when 2018 starts, the fallbacks could include Chris Taylor, Charlie Culberson, Hernandez or someone from the outside.
Will Rick Honeycutt return?
The most successful active pitching coach in the game has been as vague about his future as Seager has been about his elbow, and even club officials don't seem to know if Honeycutt will return next year, as his contract expires after the World Series. One thing is more certain: whenever the 63-year-old retires, he won't be easy to replace.
How will the Adrian Gonzalez drama be resolved?
Things keep getting more awkward with Gonzalez, who was left off the postseason roster because the club felt it had better options than someone with a bad back that plays the same position as Cody Bellinger. Gonzalez went to Italy with his family during the first two postseason series, showed up on the club's pre-Game 1 telecast for the World Series and suddenly was back in uniform working out with the team by Game 2.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.