MLB Rumors: With $100M Shaved Off Payroll, Guess Who Dodgers Are Targeting?

The Los Angeles Dodgers, since the end of the season, have had $100M shaved off their payroll for next season. And you can only guess who they'll target in free agency with that kind of salary flexibility.

After they non-tendered Cody Bellinger today, that eliminated a potential $18M from the 2023 payroll. Add that to the loss of pitcher Tyler Anderson to the Los Angeles Angels, which took the potential $19.65M qualifying offer off their books, and the free agencies of Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Heaney and David Price, and that all adds up to well over $100M.

According to MLB Insider Jon Heyman, the word going around now is that the Dodgers will use all that 'freed up money' to make a run at Aaron Judge. 

The American League MVP and single-season home run record holder is also being hotly pursued by the Dodgers' arch rival the San Francisco Giants (Judge's hometown area) and of course the incumbent New York Yankees. 

Get out the popcorn because the bidding war on Judge is going to be something to watch. 

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