The MLB offseason is in full swing with big name free agents signing all over the place. The one team that has been unusually quiet has been the Los Angeles Dodgers. Known for their ability to go after big-name players on the open market, they have seemed to take a step back this winter.
Reports have come out that the team is looking at still adding pieces to the team but wants to cut payroll this offseason. They have a ton of talented, young players coming up from the minors that they want to give a shot in the big leagues. But typically fans of teams like the Dodgers, don’t like this straegy. They want to win and win with the best players in the game. But I say, don’t panic yet Dodger fans. Trust the plan that Andrew Friedman and the front office staff has.
Friedman knows a good deal when he sees one and like clockwork, always seems to find bargains in the free agent pool. The Dodgers lone signing of the offseason has been pitcher Shelby Miller, who by the numbers, hasn’t been the greatest. But Friedman and company must see something behind the surface that intrigues them. They have done this over and over again and Miller likely will be the next reclaimation project.
The team has been in on almost every big name free agent but has decided to let the market fall to them this offseason. Despite direct rivals like the Giants and Padres making moves, the Dodgers remain patient and waiting for the right time to strike. They have always acted this way under the leadership of Friedman and will continue to do so.
Their is a method to the madness of Friedman and he knows that mediocrity won’t be allowed in Los Angeles. He understands that after a 111 win season, only to lose in the first round of the playoffs, was a disappointment. But since joining the team, he has done nothing but push the right buttons the majority of the time.
Yes, the team has lost many players to free agency but this has happened almost every offseason. This comes with the territory of being a great team and having a ton of great players. Kike Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Corey Seager, Max Scherzer, and now Trea Turner have all left the team when they were free agents. But Friedman always seems to find a way to replace them.
While signing a top player this offseason may be on the wishlist of fans, it just may not be a reality this time around. The Dodgers are looking at a youth infusion to the roster and are hoping that they can find success from their prospects. Much like their homegrown talent that has succeeded so far, the front office is hoping for more of the same. Without ample playing time, guys like Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Julio Urias, and more staples of the winning teams in recent memory, would never have been known.
Additionally, it’s no secret where the Dodgers eyes are set. That would be next offseason when a certain hybrid player could become available. Shohei Ohtani will be one of the most coveted free agents of all time and the Dodgers will be one of the main teams bidding for his services. Reports say that they are ready to “back up the brinks truck” for Ohtani and are trying to save money this season to make a legitimate run at him next offseason.
Landing Ohtani would certainly make up for the lack of big moves this offseason and he would instantly become a fan favorite at Chavez Ravine. The offseason is just getting started and there is a lot of time left between now and when the season opens up. So be patient and trust that Friedman has a plan in place to get the franchise back on the top of the mountain.