The winter meetings wrapped up this week and as usual the Dodgers and Andrew Friedman did nothing. Just as I predicted. The only thing they accomplished was reportedly reaching agreement with reliever Joe Kelly, although the deal has yet to be formally announced by the club or finalized.
It’s hilarious but I can read Friedman like an open book. I know exactly how he operates now after four years of running the Dodgers. Simply put, he refuses to sign any marquee free agents or participate in any of the typical channels for market discussion (like the winter meetings), and the only trades he will ever make are needlessly complex three-team trades that you have to squint your eyes to even make sense of them.
The Dodgers were rumored to be in on every player under the sun, and as I predicted nothing came to fruition. The Dodgers were in on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, DJ Lemahieu, A.J. Pollack, Wilson Ramos, Francisco Cervelli, in on-going trade talks with the Reds, and on and on and on. None of those players are Dodgers right now, nor will any of them likely be by next year.
The Dodgers checked in on Wilson Ramos to talk a one-year deal, but he wants more years, per source. Ramos was here in Vegas this week.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) December 13, 2018
Friedman struck out again. He didn’t just strike out, he never came to the plate. All the Dodgers really need is a second baseman and catcher. There are several decent to good backstops available via free agency. There are others that can be had via trade. The Dodgers still have not done anything about this situation. Once again Friedman waits too long until all of the good players are off the market. Then some whacky three-team trade gets announced, or he signs some sub-mendoza line hitting utility player, boasts of his abilities and then said player gets platooned into the starting lineup. Rinse, lather, repeat.
The catcher situation should be the most important aspect of the Dodger’s offseason agenda. What could be more important than making sure you have a starting catcher? I don’t know why the Dodgers just don’t take the most logical solution to the problem. Why don’t they just resign Yasmani Grandal? He knows the pitching staff, he hits well, and he’s a good framer. They know him well. We know him well. He won’t cost any draft picks, or prospects via a trade. Just pony up the cash and get him signed. The Dodgers could also sign Wilson Ramos, or a veteran like Nick Hundley. Let’s all accept reality that J.T. Realmuto will never wear Dodger blue. This is the Andrew Friedman regime folks, and we should all know how he operates. The hot stove league marches on and the Dodgers are still without a catcher.