After another postseason disappointment, where do the Dodgers go from here?

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After another postseason disappointment, where do the Dodgers go from here?

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After another postseason disappointment, where do the Dodgers go from here?

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Orlando Ramirez / USA Today

Another year and another disappointment for the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise. It’s been a few days since the Dodgers were bounced in the NLDS by rival San Diego and it’s still hard to believe what actually happened.

The moden day framework of winning has fallen short once again of their quest for another World Series title. Fresh off a 111-win season, Los Angeles enters the offseason sereching for some answers. One championship in over ten years of dominance during the regular season, has both the team and fans alike wondering how they got to this point.

This time feels a little different however because the roster may look very different come Opening Day next season. Some core players such as Trea Turner, Clayton Kershaw, and Justin Turner can all be free agents. Ace Walker Buehler may not return at all next season as he rehabs from Tommy John Surgery.

Buehler has been the ace of the Dodgers for the last few seasons and the lack of his presence on the staff was evident during the teams series against the San Diego Padres. However, the team had enough to win but picked the worst time for the bats to go cold.

As far as the big free agents are considered, Turner is the biggest fish of them all. Many teams around the league will be in the bidding for the shortstops services and there is absolutely no guarantee he will be back in blue next year. In fact, it seems unlikely at this point. Turner has talked about how he has enjoyed his time in Los Angeles but pressure from his family may lead the All-Star to go back home towards the East Coast.

For Kershaw, it’s simple. If he wants to remain with the Dodgers, then the team will re-sign him. He is a legend in his own right and deserves to finish his Hall-Of-Fame career in totality with the Dodgers.

Turner has a club option and it remains to be seen if they will pick it up. He has been the leader of the clubhouse for years. Fans don’t want him to go but for the $16 million that his option is worth, it may be time for the team to part ways. Unless Turner is willing to take less money, his days in Dodger blue may be done.

Some interesting players also primed to free agents are pitcher Tyler Anderson and outfielder Cody Bellinger. Anderson is almost certainly a lock to be back after a strong season with the team. However Bellinger remains a bit of a mystery. The former National League MVP hasn’t lived up to his one strong season and is constantly a problem at the plate. He will likely be shown the door or traded away.

No matter who is on the Dodgers roster come next season, the same question will be asked. Can they get over the hump come playoff time? 

People have been calling for manager Dave Roberts to be fired for years at this point and while he has made some boneheaded decisions in the past, it seems unfair to criticize him for this years disaster. The pitching wasn’t the issue. The bats went cold at the wrong time. Of course, Roberts deserves some of the blame but for once, it isn’t all his fault.

The Dodgers front office has all the money to spend and a healthy amount of top prospects at their disposal. They have some tough decisions to make this offseason to get the team ready for next season. Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are locked into this roster for the future so at least they have a good place to start.

Los Angeles will be one of the better teams once again next season. They have too much talent on the roster both already there and those players that will join the team. However, something needs to change. There needs to be some fire and drive from this club. Whether that means new players or a different approach to how things run.

All the pressure now rests on Andrew Friedman and the front office. Because with every passing season, the 2020 championship run is looking looking more and more like an anomaly.

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