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After losing the World Series Eddie Robinson Jersey , the Los Angeles Dodgers' first offseason priority was to retain Clayton Kershaw.Forget his postseason hiccups and the back and biceps injuries that have recently hampered him. Kershaw is the face of the Dodgers and the greatest pitcher of his generation. With a player opt-out looming, L.A. had no choice but to re-up its ace.Hence the three-year, $93 million extension Kershaw inked with Los Angeles.The Dodgers' work isn't done, however; it's merely beginning.Keeping Kershaw in the fold was the first step for a club in unambiguous win-now mode.The next step? Sign Bryce Harper.Along with Manny Machado, Harper headlines the lauded, gaudy 2018-19 free-agent class. The Dodgers acquired Machado at the '18 non-waiver trade deadline and could bring him back.There are a couple of problems with that.First, Los Angeles is set on the left side of the infield with third baseman Justin Turner and shortstop Corey Seager, who is on track to return from Tommy John surgery.Second, Machado's production dipped with the Dodgers. He posted a .963 OPS with the Baltimore Orioles compared to an .825 OPS with Los Angeles. More damningly, he slashed.227/.278/.394 in the postseason and exhibiteddubious hustle.Harper, meanwhile, hit 34 home runs and tallied 100 RBI with the Washington Nationals. Yes, his OPS slid from 1.008 in 2017 to .889 in 2018 and the Nats missed the playoffs. He's an immense talent http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-belisle-jersey , however, whose brash personality is built for the Southern California spotlight.Imagine Harper's "make baseball fun again" antics married to the glitz of Hollywood. It's a match made in headline-grabbing heaven.Andrew Harnik/Associated PressTechnically, Los Angeles is covered in the outfield with the mix of Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez.That said, the Dodgers are all but obligated to make a seismic splash this winter. Their title drought surpassed the three-decade mark. Tinkering with the roster won't cut it.Harper, backed by superagent Scott Boras, will seek a contract larger than the record $325 million deal Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Miami Marlins in November 2014.He's also a six-time All-Star who won National League MVP honors in 2015 and celebrated his 26th birthday on October 16.As Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times noted:"The Dodgers again have to embrace the responsibility that comes with playing in this market. They can't use the luxury-tax threshold as an excuse anymore. They have to reinvest the money they are earning from their disastrous but nonetheless lucrative television contract, as well as the sales of tickets that continue to escalate in price. They should absolutely pursue Harper, who is not only the most talented free agent of his generation but also a personality capable of representing the franchise."It's a fair point. The Dodgers have positioned themselves as MLB's big, bad bullies. They throw money around like so much presumptive confetti. Simply winning the division and crossing their fingers aren't enough.L.A. has to go big. It doesn't get bigger than Harper.With Kershaw locked in Mike Napoli Jersey , this is the next logical move. It carries risk. It'll rile up the haters. Really, though, that's the point. And, if you believe ESPN.com's Buster Olney, the Dodgers might need to sign Harper to keep him away from the archrival San Francisco Giants.Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated PressClose your eyes and picture Harper and Puig in a bat-flipping contest. Picture Harper flipping his hair in Dodger blue."Who comes to L.A.?" former Dodger Steve Garvey said, per Hernandez. "The big stars. LeBron's here. L.A. has the best path for the remainder of his career. He can make a difference with his personality and who he is."It makes too much sense.Make it happen, Dodgers.All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nolan Arenado and Colorado had one good stretch at the plate. That was it for the whole afternoon.Tough couple of days for the Rockies‘ star-studded lineup.Arenado helped Colorado rally against Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen in Game 1 of the NL Division Series, but the Rockies were unable to finish off Jeremy Jeffress. Mike Moustakas then hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to lift the Brewers to a 3-2 win Thursday.Led by Arenado and Trevor Story, Colorado finished among the major league leaders in several offensive categories this year. But the Rockies have been held in check since they bashed five homers in a 12-0 victory over Washington last Sunday, leaving them in a tie for the NL West lead.“We’ve got to put better at-bats together, all of us,” Arenado said. “I think we’re having a little trouble there the last few games. But at the same time, we’re facing good pitching. It’s tough. These guys are good.”Colorado had just one hit Thursday before Gerardo Parra and Matt Holliday opened the ninth with consecutive singles off Jeffress Carlos Baerga Jersey , who had made 11 consecutive scoreless appearances since Aug. 31. Charlie Blackmon singled in Parra and DJ LeMahieu reached on an error before Arenado tied it at 2 with a sacrifice fly to center.The Rockies had a chance for more, but Blackmon was tagged out in a rundown on David Dahl’s grounder to first and Jeffress struck out Story to end the inning.“I thought we did a good job at the end, stringing together some hits, put a couple runs up when it didn’t look good,” Blackmon said. “We didn’t really do a whole lot offensively until that ninth inning.”That missed opportunity proved costly when Moustakas came up with the game-ending hit against Adam Ottavino.Game 2 of the best-of-five series is back at Miller Park on Friday.“We just got to be ready to go tomorrow,” Arenado said. “It’s a borderline must-win really.”Colorado had a chance to win the NL West before it lost 5-2 in the tiebreaker at Los Angeles on Monday. It had just two hits before Arenado and Story hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning.Arenado hit a sacrifice fly in the first in the wild-card game Tuesday night in Chicago, and Colorado didn’t score again until Tony Wolters‘ 13th-inning RBI single in a 2-1 victory over the Cubs. The Rockies finished with 11 hits, but went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.Playing in their fourth city in five days — covering approximately 2,700 miles — it was more of the same in the NLDS.Perhaps that shouldn’t be such a surprise. Playing away from hitter-friendly Coors Field, the Rockies ranked 20th in runs (335) and 29th in batting average (.225) on the road.Carlos Gonzalez tripled with two out in the fifth for Colorado’s first hit. But Ian Desmond tapped back to the mound on Corbin Burnes’ next pitch, ending the inning.LeMahieu and Ryan McMahon each walked, and then were thrown out trying to steal second.“I think it was more about how they threw the ball than our at-bats,” manager Bud Black said. “I mean Yonder Alonso Jersey , they pitched really, really well.”Arenado hit .297 with an NL-best 38 homers this year, helping stop the Triple Crown bid by Brewers star Christian Yelich. But the 27-year-old Arenado went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in just the third playoff game of his stellar career.Story, who set career highs with 37 homers and 108 RBIs this season, also struck out three times, and Dahl went 0 for 4 with two Ks.None of the Rockies’ hitters saw a pitcher more than once.“They have a good bullpen. We knew that coming in,” Arenado said. “But we feel like we had some good at-bats. Hit the ball hard, just right at people sometimes.”