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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Believes in ‘Trust in Friedman’ Mantra

It’s been a slow offseason for the Dodgers, especially compared to the rest of the league. Star players have been getting record contracts left and right, and L.A. has mostly sat quietly, picking off a guy here and a guy there but never really wading into the deep waters.

On MLB Network on Monday, Los Angeles pitcher Clayton Kershaw talked about how president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman works to put together a team and acknowledged that while it can be frustrating at times, the results are generally pretty good.

“I want Andrew to get every single good player out there, obviously, but that’s just not how it works. I think if I’ve learned anything in my time with Andrew, it’s you have to trust that he knows what he’s doing.”

The Dodgers stuck to their guns in the Bryce Harper negotiations in 2018-19, and that discipline put them in a position to be able to acquire Mookie Betts a year later, which led directly to a World Series championship. Not every move pays off with a title immediately — the Freddie Freeman signing help L.A. set a franchise record for wins in the regular season, but the team hit a terrible slump at the worst possible time and flamed out in the NLDS — but Friedman has a solid track record of putting together outstanding teams.

That will remain true in 2023. While the Dodgers have been frustratingly quiet this offseason, they have a team that is still likely to be the favorites to win the NL West next year even if they don’t do anything else. And, of course, we have to note that it’s still mid-December. The Betts and Freeman moves still seemed like pipe dreams at this point in their respective offseasons. There’s still plenty of time for Friedman to finish building a title contender.

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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. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. I still believe Friedman will pull something through before spring training like a blockbuster trade. Also you can’t put all the blame on him for JT leaving, as the offer was given for him to take if he really wanted to stay. It seems like it was similar to what J.D. Martinez got, but JT held out too long and J.D. beat him to it. (according to sources). However, JT got what he wanted with Boston.

    1. not interested in these comments as i think none are worth considering, not just in this case but all sports issues

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