They say a good attorney never asks a question he or she doesn’t already know the answer to. A lawyer’s job is to get things on the record, so they ask questions just so the witness can give the answer for the record.
Running fan polls here at Dodgers Nation follows the same principle, sometimes. We know how people feel, but we need to ask the question to get the answer on record.
In that spirit, we asked our readers to grade L.A.’s offseason so far, and the results are not shocking (although the poll is still open at this moment, so maybe you’ll surprise us).
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 20, 2022
At this writing, just 3.1% of fans have given the Dodgers an A, while more than half (50.3%) have graded them at a C. The rest is split between B (17.5%) and F (29%). There’s no choice for D, because Twitter polls only allow four options.
It’s understandable, really, why few fans have given high grades. Watching Trea Turner walk away for a huge contract, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner leaving for less-huge contracts, and the Giants and Padres both going all in on improving their teams, it’s easy to come away unimpressed with L.A.’s offseason.
We’ve been here before, though. Three years ago, we watched as Gerrit Cole rebuffed the Dodgers to sign with the Yankees, Stephen Strasburg stayed home with the Nationals, and Anthony Rendon was so uninterested in Los Angeles that the team didn’t even make him an offer. It seemed like a pretty bleak time. Then, two months later, Andrew Friedman traded for Mookie Betts, who led L.A. to its first World Series title in 32 years.
There’s probably not a Mookie-level trade coming, but it’s worth remembering the offseason isn’t over yet, and that free agency isn’t the only way to build a team (or even the best way, sometimes). Chances are, the Dodgers won’t win as many games in 2023 as they did in 2022, but that was going to be true no matter what they did this offseason. Friedman has proven he’s pretty good at what he does, so I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt and let him cook.
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