The Dodgers had a painfully quiet Winter Meetings, making official the foregone conclusion of re-signing Clayton Kershaw right at the beginning and then signing Jason Heyward to a minor-league deal just after the meetings ended, with a whole lot of nothing in between. That has left a lot of fans confused, worried, or even angry about the inaction.
L.A. broadcaster Tim Neverett, who calls games on the radio and fills in for Joe Davis on TV when Joe’s duties take him elsewhere, joined Mad Dog Russo on MLB Network’s High Heat on Monday, and he had some reassuring words about the slow offseason.
“No matter where I go, people I talk to about the Dodgers, they’re upset because the Dodgers didn’t make any big moves at the Winter Meetings. But, they don’t always do that. I mean, one of the biggest moves they made recently — 2020 — Mookie Betts, you know, that came late. That came some time in February, so it’s not always something that’s going to happen at the Winter Meetings. The Dodgers are good at a lot of things and one thing they’re really good at is keeping the lid on stuff from the front office. They don’t talk very much and they don’t share a lot of information. …
“But there’s still plenty of time to get stuff done. I think that because of all of the splashes the other teams made — the Mets and the Padres and so forth — during the winter meetings, Dodger fans really want to see something done now. But with Andrew Friedman and his staff, it doesn’t have to be done right now, there’s still time.”
Dodgers play-by-play man @TimNeverett discusses how the team will look to build up their roster this offseason following a historic 111 win regular season.#HighHeat | @MadDogUnleashed pic.twitter.com/tiZLO2SV9Y
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 12, 2022
Neverett is, of course, absolutely right. If anything, the flurry of activity from other teams at this years Winter Meetings was the anomaly, not the Dodgers’ inaction. There are several ways to build a baseball team, and L.A.’s refusal to participate in the feeding frenzy last week isn’t necessarily indicative of what the entire offseason will look like.
Of course, there’s probably no Mookie Betts trade coming this offseason. Other than Shohei Ohtani, whom the Angels have said they’re not trading, there’s no one of Mookie’s caliber even on the trading radar (tradar?) this year. But Los Angeles could — and likely will — make a series of smaller moves, whether in free agency or via trade, that will bring them into the 2023 season looking like a very good baseball team.
Three years ago right now, Dodger fans were frustrated that Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg had all signed elsewhere. That frustration went away when the Dodgers got Betts, and the team went on to win the World Series. The offseason isn’t over until it’s over, and Friedman has been known to work all the way until the end.
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