It’s been a slow offseason for the Dodgers. In addition to losing valuable contributors like Trea Turner, Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney, Tommy Kahnle, and Chris Martin, Los Angeles has declined to engage in the wild free-agent market that has seen contract values explode across the league.
There are a couple reasons for L.A.’s slow offseason. It’s been reported that the team is set on getting below the luxury tax to reset the escalating penalties, which would preclude them from paying the top dollar so many of the top free agents have been getting. In addition, the Dodgers have a handful of prospects who are ready or nearly ready for the big leagues, and they want to give them a chance to show what they can do.
Still, despite all the frustration of this offseason, BetMGM still has the Dodgers as the co-favorites to win the pennant and represent the National League in the World Series.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) January 6, 2023
The Mets have gone crazy this offseason, committing over $800 million in contracts (although more than $300 million of that isn’t official yet because Carlos Correa is missing a leg or something). After winning 101 games last year, they’re all in to win even more in 2023. The Braves were right there with the Mets in 2022, and while they haven’t been as active this offseason, they’re still likely to be a very good team. And, of course, the Padres are committed to winning in 2023 and beyond.
The Dodgers are probably going to win fewer games than they did last year, but there’s still potential to be a very good team. And while they didn’t get the job done last postseason, they have the manpower to make a run when the time comes.
I probably wouldn’t say they’re the favorites, so I wouldn’t recommend betting on them at those odds, but 2023 should still be a good year for the Dodgers.
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