Jon Heyman: Dodgers haven't given up on Roberts extension

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Though they won’t necessarily replace departed GM Farhan Zaidi, they haven’t had anyone with an assistant GM title and may add someone who fits that description. They’d lost analytics expert Alex Tamin to the Braves within the last year also.

That's the easier part. Dealing with other impacts that could come from Zaidi now heading up the rival San Francisco Giants could be more difficult. And that could start with manager Dave Roberts.

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The Dodgers and Roberts appeared close to a deal a multiyear week ago but the sides now appear to be at a standstill. Roberts is said to be on vacation overseas, and the sides are said to remain apart. The Dodgers picked up his $1.1 million option for 2019 which, as one insider put it, makes him “he most underpaid manager in the game.” It also gives the sides a year to work it out — though it seems odd that Roberts, coming off two consecutive World Series, joins the high-priced Joe Maddon and Bruce Bochy as a potential lame duck this year.

Roberts was aiming to use A.J. Hinch’s reported $12-million, four-year deal as a comp. If he were to become a free agent, with Bochy having a year to go on his Giants deal, and Zaidi now in charge in San Francisco, he could become a candidate to move to the rival. Managers don’t have much leverage these days – even great ones — and there’s reason for Roberts, an L.A. product who played at UCLA and for the Dodgers and now lives in San Diego and understands the Dodgers have been a perennial contender, to prefer to stay. 

Still, if things don't get sorted out before the season, it will make Roberts' moves next winter all the more compelling to follow. 

Jon Heyman is Fancred's baseball insider. He publishes his weekly Inside Baseball column each Thursday on the App and FancredSports.com. You can download the App here and interact with Jon by following him right here.

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