It was a wild offseason for the Dodgers and their fanbase. Aside from the obvious lockout, they also lost out on some key free agents and guys that have been part of the team for a while. Corey Seager walked away to sign a massive deal with the Texas Rangers. Kenley Jansen signed a one-year deal to close out games with the Braves. And those are just the two biggest names that they list.
But the Dodgers also went out and added some huge talent before the season started. That included a massive free agent deal for Freddie Freeman to become their every day first baseman. They added big league talent at the minor league level as well, putting a bow on the offseason moves by trading for Craig Kimbrel this week.
Because of those additions, the Dodgers start the season right at the top of the power rankings. MLB released their rankings today and Los Angeles is listed as number 1. They added that not only is this lineup expected to be the most productive in baseball, but it has the potential to be one of the greatest rosters ever.
But just as Andrew Friedman suggested before the season, teams are not built on paper. The Dodgers will still need to find ways to win ballgames, and there are areas of concern with this team. That could include the starting pitching staff, which many MLB analysts call the weakest part of this team.
They’re relying on bounceback seasons from guys like Clayton Kershaw, Andrew Heaney, and Tony Gonsolin. Kersh had his season shut down after the first arm injury of his career. Gonsolin struggled greatly with control, and Andrew Heaney saw the ball leaving the stadium far too many times.
But this lineup is packed, and they rightfully deserve the number 1 ranking. Dodgers fans can’t wait for baseball to start.
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