The winter meetings are wrapping up in the next day or so and as usual Andrew Friedman has done next to nothing. Yes the Dodgers did announce the signing of reliever Blake Treinen, but so what? As I stated before in a previous article, Friedman should no longer be allowed to make pitching decisions. He is no longer qualified.
Unsurprisingly the Dodgers once again have missed out on the top free agents available on the market. Gerrit Cole just signed a massive contract with the Yankees, a team who is not afraid to spend money on elite players. Anthony Rendon, the man who I was hoping the Dodgers would somehow sign (I still knew they wouldn’t, after all this is still Andrew Friedman) just announced a mega deal with the cross town Angels. After all expecting Friedman to sign a very good player to a long term contract is like asking a chicken to give you milk.
To be fair Friedman did reportedly make an offer to Cole. The Dodgers offer was 8 years for 300 million. The problem was the Yankees offer was for nine years and 324 million. Maybe it’s unfair to expect the Dodgers to go toe to toe with the Yankees, a club equally as powerful financially; however there is no reason the Dodgers can’t outbid the Angels. If you really wanted Cole, then you would have made a better offer.
It’s simple, if the Dodgers want to get better and win a championship then they are going to have to acquire or go after the top players in the game. If they are unwilling to spend money, or trade prospects for top level players, then how do they expect to recruit top level talent?
It makes little sense to me. You should be spending money on players. The majority of the money should be going towards the roster. Otherwise what are you spending your money on? If you refuse to spend money or prospects on elite players then that is a small market tactic.
Small market tactics don’t work in large market towns. It’s the same story year after year. The Dodgers are rumored to be in on every single top player on the market, yet the deals never materialize. Then the apologists and Friedman fans come out of the woodworks to praise him for doing nothing.
“They saved money!!!” (The richest team in baseball saved more money!!!!)
“They can’t sign these players, they are too expensive” (Way too expensive. The Dodgers, one of the richest and most powerfully profitable global brands in the world can’t afford to sign the best players on the open market)
“Do you want to waste money?” (Who wants to see star players coming to play for the Dodgers? Who wants to see championships? Let’s save some cash!)
“Free agency doesn’t work” (Nope it doesn’t. Better to sit out and hope the draft plays out)
“They won 106 games! They don’t need to do anything”
The excuses go on and on and on and on every year. But with every offseason of inactivity, and every fall of playoff failure more and more Friedman supporters are finally waking up. With each passing day another Friedman worshipper wises up and sees the light. The real problem lies with ownership.
It’s Guggenheim that brought in Friedman and his posse of penny pinchers with the singular goal of saving money. Awesome, the Dodgers had another offseason where they missed out or refused to sign the best players on the market. It’s doubtful they will even sign Hyun-jin Ryu.
The best possible outcome is for Guggenheim to sell the team. Friedman and his small market minions get run out of town and we start again with new ownership. Preferably new owners whose priority is to winning championships. Because the money the club saves on Friedman’s frugality is certainly not going back to the fans. And if it’s not going towards the roster and the players (where it should be going) then it’s only going to one place….directly into the owner’s pockets.