For much of the 2014 season, either the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants sat atop the National League West standings. Beginning with the Dodgers’ first home series of the year, the Giants held the upper hand as they won seven of the team’s first 10 meetings.
Then in July, with the Dodgers trailing the Giants for first place in the NL West by 1.5 games, they completed a three-game sweep and never looked back. While the Dodgers clinched the division with a win over the Giants, it was their bitter rival who had the last laugh as they reached and won the World Series as the Wild Card team.
Although in different circumstances, both teams then fell victim to the Boston Red Sox in free agency as they signed Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. The Dodgers and Giants were then eliminated in the Jon Lester sweepstakes, but one of the teams quickly rebounded.
With Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi at the helm and busy improving the roster, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported sources believe the Giants may soon get active due to pressure from the Dodgers’ flurry of acquisitions:
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 11, 2014
On Wednesday the Dodgers completed trades with the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which landed them Howie Kendrick and prospects from the Marlins. Kendrick replaces Dee Gordon, who was dealt to the Marlins along with Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and either cash considerations or a player to be named later.
The Dodger train didn’t stop there as they’re expected to sign Brandon McCarthy, and finalize a trade for Jimmy Rollins, with further moves not beyond the realm of possibility. Then on Thursday, the Dodgers traded Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres and there’s a widespread belief there’s more to come.
As for the Giants, they are in need of a starting pitcher and third baseman. After being turned down by Lester, it was reported the Giants inquired on Ervin Santana and will make a play for James Shields, as Peter Gammons notes.