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Dodgers News: Winter Meetings Don’t Impress Larry King

Larry King is not happy with the Andrew Friedman administration.

The Winter Meetings have come and gone and the Dodgers have very little to show for them.

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King unleashed a rant upon USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that would make any Facebook commenter blush.

“I can’t stand what we’re doing,” King told USA TODAY Sports. “Those people in the Dodger front office, they think they’re still in Tampa. This is Los Angeles. We’re in the second-largest market in the country. We lead baseball in home and road attendance. And we haven’t won a World Series since 1988.

“We are not Tampa, but they’re acting like it. They have all of this money — and nothing. We’ve got to do something.”

Step off the ledge, Larry; it’s going to be okay.

He continues…

“My wife talks almost every day to Zack’s wife,” King said. “They loved it here. They wanted to say here. But (the Dodgers) won’t go to a sixth year on his deal and let him walk away. They will rue that day for the next six years.

“This is such a huge disappointment. It’s looking like a third-place team. To this point, and I know it’s still early, but the Dodger front office has been a failure.”


Look, in all seriousness, the Winter Meetings were underwhelming. The Dodgers lost Zack Greinke and only have Hisashi Iwakuma to show for his departure. Oh, and a compensatory pick — you can’t forget that compensatory pick. Anyone with expectations heading into this week were almost definitely let down.

The rumors didn’t help, either.

When names like Aroldis Chapman and Jose Fernandez are being thrown around and neither wind up on the Dodgers and don’t appear to be heading to Los Angeles anytime soon, of course fans are going to get frustrated.

Now, while King says the Dodgers will “rue the day” (which is, by the way, so Larry King to say) the Dodgers let Greinke walk, recent history says teams who hand out those mega contracts to 30+ year-old pitcher tend to rue the signing. The history cannot be ignored.

Now, had he brought up Jason Heyward, for whom the Dodgers could’ve opened up their sizable check books considering his only being 26, he might’ve had a point. But even then, spending what’ll probably be near $200 million on a right fielder who hasn’t hit more than 15 home runs in any of the last three years could also be questioned.

(For the record, let me state Heyward’s defense more than makes up for it and, again, he’s only 26.)

The free agent market this winter simply wasn’t that impressive. So, instead of spending for the sake of spending, the Dodgers appear to have opted for trades, which take more time.

The offseason stretches beyond four days, Larry. Back off the ledge. It’s going to be okay.

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  1. Larry King is right in his assessments. The current FO should be fired for malpractice after letting Grienke go without a solid backup plan…which obviously they didn’t have.

  2. Larry is senile but is right on the money with his Dodgers assessment.

    The truth hurts!

  3. Truth. The FO wasted about $100M last year, but couldn’t find $10/year more for Greinke. That’s the cold fact.

  4. So far I’ve got to say I agree with Larry. I hope they sign Cueto though he’s no Greinke. I won’t however be surprised if they don’t. They have yet to pay any big name player, pitcher or otherwise a big time contract. They have had many opportunities over the last 2 years to acquire top tier talent and have passed on every single opportunity.

  5. Walk away from the ledge? When are you going to stop sucking up to the Dodgers brass and call it like it is? They have done a horrible job since getting here. How is a front office that traded away Dee Gordon for a one year rental, signed sorry ass Brett Anderson and always hurt McCarthy then traded for Latos and Wood be considered geniuses? They’re freaking idiots is what they are. They have failed so many times already it’s amazing. They failed in building last year’s rotation and bullpen. They failed to trade for Hamels they failed to re-sign Greinke. They are running the team like it’s Oak or TB which is ridiculous. It’s like they don’t understand that fans don’t give a crap about sustainability we want a WS CHAMPIONSHIP NOW!. Then they have the gall to ask fans to be PATIENT, WOW! We’ve been patient for 27 years and counting. Screw them all!

  6. Larry is right on in his Tampa Bay Dodger Ray’s assessment of the front office ,and their ownership group  Brown noser smack upslike Anthony Irwin, have been telling fans to relax.’everything’s going to be alright” ,and it hasn’t. that Latos deal cemented my dislike / distrust of the Dodger’s front office. they walked past these top F.A. pitcher’s the last two years, as though they were the ugly girls at the dance ! Yes the current Dodger’s front office SUCKS !!! they make Paul DePodesta look good !

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