Los Angeles Dodgers
2016 committed salary: $181.5 MM
What would a bidding war be without the Dodgers, right?
Yes, the Dodgers with their deep pockets will of course be in on Price, especially given the fact that they might lose Zack Greinke this offseason. Spending big has kept the Dodgers in contention, however, as they have won the NL West each of the last three years and will look to make it four straight in 2016.
Despite their regular season success, the Dodgers have continually faltered in October, so with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy making comebacks next season the Dodgers will pursue Price hoping he is the one who will help lead them to a deep playoff run. Los Angeles did try to trade for Price at the deadline, so we know that the interest is there, and of course who wouldn’t like to be second fiddle to arguably the best pitcher in the game, Clayton Kershaw? The Dodgers window is closing, as the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks both will improve, and a surprise resurgence from the San Diego Padres isn’t out of the question either. Expect the Dodgers to be aggressive in pursuit of the lefty ace.