As the Dodgers head into the offseason a few weeks earlier than they had planned, they’re facing a lot of questions about next year’s roster. Even if L.A. had marched through the postseason to the World Series title like we all expected, they still would have had most of these questions.
What we end up with is the likelihood that the 2023 Los Angeles roster will look quite a bit different than 2022’s, and while the moves may seem reactionary after the postseason failure, chances are they were going to happen anyway.
Former Dodger and current analyst Eric Karros was on AM570’s Petros and Money show on Tuesday, and he talked about some of the changes that are coming.
“It’s gonna be different, there’s no question. I think there’s gonna be some significant difference as far as what Dodger fans have been accustomed to. And that’s just a guess, right, and the first thing you have to find out is who’s playing shortstop. Is Trea Turner gonna be playing shortstop for you or not? And then you kinda go from there. There’s some other [shortstops] out there, or are you gonna move Gavin [Lux] over to his natural position, play him at short?
“What are you gonna do for the pitching staff, the starting staff? Are you gonna try and trade? What’s [Clayton Kershaw] doing? You hope that Kersh comes back. Julio [Urias] is a number one, and you’ve got [Dustin] May and [Tony] Gonsolin.
“What are you gonna do with the outfield? Mookie [Betts] 100 percent is playing right field, and then what do you decide? Cody [Bellinger] — do you still run him back out there? It’s tough to give up on a guy or move on, he’s  years old, he’s a great talent, but on the flipside, where do you go? You didn’t play him in Game 4, you didn’t start him… What does left field look like?
“What are you doing with [Justin Turner]? That’s one year. For me, I’m bringing him back, but there’s so many decisions, and it all starts at short, right?”
Trea was going to hit free agency, win or lose. Same for Kershaw. JT’s team option and Bellinger’s arbitration offer were going to be hard decisions no matter what. Starting pitching was always going to be an area they wanted to address.
It’s crazy, but a team that won 111 games this year will likely come back looking significantly different next year, and that would have been the case even if they’d lived up to expectations this month.
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