5 big things to watch for when the MLB lockout ends

Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates with team mates after scoring in the fourth inning of game three of the 2021 NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates with team mates after scoring in the fourth inning of game three of the 2021 NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 2, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /

Another thing we’re watching after the MLB lockout ends: What splashes will the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers make?

There are certain things we can count on in life: Death, taxes, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees spending money to build their roster for a potential run at the World Series.

The Dodgers made some moves before the lockout, including signing the versatile Chris Taylor to a four-year deal worth $60 million and signing Cody Bellinger to a one-year, $17 million contract as the Dodgers hope 2021 postseason Bellinger is the one they will get next season as opposed to 2021 regular-season Bellinger.

However, there are still questions left for the Dodgers to answer. Will they be able to (or will they want to) sign Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen? Are they really in the market for Carlos Correa or is Trea Turner the answer at shortstop? Will they be able to lure Freddie Freeman away from the Braves? How will they replace Max Scherzer in the rotation?

On the other side of the country, the Yankees did very little before the MLB lockout commenced. What will New York do about the shortstop position, spending money on Carlos Correa or waiting for one of their top prospects to take over the reigns? Will they try to upgrade at first base? If they spend money on free agents this offseason, what does that do for a potential Aaron Judge extension with the outfielder scheduled to be a free agent after the 2022 season?

The new CBA will likely determine exactly how aggressive the Yankees and Dodgers are after the MLB lockout. However, both are franchises that expect to compete for the World Series every year, so look for them to be active once the MLB lockout ends.