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Dodgers Broadcaster Reassures Fans with Facts About Friedman and Offseason

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.”

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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6 Comments

    1. Seems like everyone was predicting that. Dodger fans were only ones who knew that would never happen.

  1. Dodgers ain’t going nowhere as long as Dave Roberts is the coach!!!!!!!!!! He only wins base on talent no knowing anything about his players and who to bring in at the right time he’s terrible and substituting players

  2. Arthur Soto, you are correct. Maybe that’s the Fo’s reasoning. They know Super dave has 2 years on his contract, that gives them 2 years to try and play minor leaguers and find one that might stick. All the while claiming they are building within, and of course raising ticket, concession and parking.

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