This offseason has not gone the way Dodger fans have envisioned it. Key players from the 2022 season left for bigger and better contracts, and L.A. did so little to ‘re-load’ for 2023.
The off-season is ONE of the best ways to improve your roster, but there are other ways to get better.
A bad offseason is not the end all, be all of major league teams, but so far, former G.M. and The Athletic writer Jim Bowden views the Los Angeles Dodgers as ‘losers’ this offseason thus far.
“The Dodgers have won the N.L. West in nine of the past 10 seasons and have been the favorite in all of them. But next year, for the first time since 2012, they will be supplanted by the Padres as the team to beat in the division. They lost Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Bellinger, Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney in free agency. Their only additions of note have been right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who went 10-10 last year with a 3.94 ERA, and J.D. Martinez, who at 35 has started to decline. The Dodgers didn’t sign any significant free agents even though the market was loaded with elite shortstops and solid everyday outfielders. Despite their need for a closer, they’ve been silent on that front, too. It’s understandable the Dodgers want to get under the luxury tax and create a runway for many of their young prospects and players, but the reality is their overall team talent is going to take a major dip for the first time in years. Coming off a 111-win season, the Dodgers are no longer the favorites to win the West, let alone the N.L.”
Yes, the Dodgers didn’t help themselves so far this off-season, and San Diego may take the division, but L.A. won’t suddenly become a walk in the park either.
The squad is still run by two of the game’s best, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, and they will be fueled by how the 2022 season ended for them.
L.A. has people in the front office who know what they’re doing; we could look back at this offseason a year from now and think, “I’m sure glad the Dodgers didn’t make any major signings in the 2022 offseason.” Or it could be the opposite and think, “The Dodgers should have been aggressive in the 2022 offseason.”
Whatever one of those responses is, we won’t know until a year from now.
Titles aren’t won in the winter.