The Dodgers have long been considered the frontrunners to land Andrew McCutor, but with their lack of other outfield options, the club may look elsewhere for a player they deem to be the right fit.
The Dodgers will be looking to add power at the position with Andrew McCuter’s contract expiring at the end of the season, and the Dodgers have been linked to other potential targets.
In fact, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman said the Dodgers could be interested in signing McCutchers agent, Brad Stewart, to a longer deal than his $1.6 million base salary this season.
While the Dodgers might want to pursue a deal that gives them a higher average annual value than McCutcher’s, that’s not necessarily the case.
Baseball America’s Matt Swartz noted on Twitter that while the Dodgers would likely need to offer a lower average annual salary to secure McCutters services, it could be worth a higher percentage of the contract.
The best fit, according to ESPN Insider Bob Nightengale, is a four-year deal worth $48 million.
ESPN Insider Chris Cotillo believes that the Dodgers will offer McCutchn an additional $14 million annually to $21 million in guarantees, with a $15 million signing bonus.
With that money, McCutches base salary will likely rise to around $19 million in 2019.
That’s a lot of money for a position player, especially one who is not hitting nearly as well as he used to.
That could help offset McCutch’s lower-than-expected walk rate, as he’s hitting .241/.313/.362 since 2014.
McCutchens OPS this season has been a bit disappointing, hitting .260/.310/.390.
He’s also posted an OPS under .800 in four of his past five seasons.
However, McCuter has been the face of the Dodgers this year, so it makes sense for the team to give him a big contract.
As such, it would make sense to sign McCuthen if he can help the team in a big way.
McCutor has a $2.5 million salary-cap hit this season and should receive more than $20 million per year, which would make him one of the top free agents in the market.
The signing would also help bring in some cash to fill the hole left by the team’s loss of Matt Kemp.
In addition, the Dodgers should be in better shape in the outfield.
Dodgers outfielders have seen their value skyrocket in recent years, and McCutchems offensive ability should help bring the Dodgers back to prominence in the division.
It will also give the team a new look offensively, as they are expected to add a lot more hitters in free agency, which could help in terms of signing free agents.
It should also allow the team some flexibility with McCutched and Stewart, which might be beneficial.
The next big step for the Dodgers is signing McCutor to a long-term contract.
With the outfield now more settled, the team could be in a better position to make a run at a championship.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the Dodgers sign McCutor this winter to a four year deal, as that would be more reasonable for him.
McCuter would be a great addition to the Dodgers roster, but if the team were to lose Kemp, he could also help the club in other ways.
The 25-year-old is in his prime and should have a long career, but his lack of production could hurt him in the long run.
The team has struggled for a while in the short-term with Kemp, but the Dodgers can use him as a bench piece and help fill the holes in the infield.
McCuters bat could help the Dodgers in other areas as well, as it is one of his best tools.
He can hit from all fields and has a good contact approach.
He has also played all three outfield positions, so he has a lot to offer the Dodgers’ outfield.
If the Dodgers want to add some offense to the lineup, McCutor could be a nice addition to their outfield.
However and if McCutcha’s contract ends up being a bargain, he would make the Dodgers much more competitive in free agent markets.
ESPN.com’s Buster Olney contributed to this report.