The Dodgers have taken care of most of their needs heading into next season. They surprised the heck out of me when they resigned Rich Hill, Justin Turner, and Kenley Jansen. They still need to sort out the outfield mess, get a bullpen arm, maybe add a dominant starter, and fill an opening at second base. They could resign Joe Blanton and keep the outfield as is with Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke, Andre Ethier, and Trayce Thompson. The Dodgers can try to go for Jason Hammel, formerly of the Cubs.
One move need they need to make is to add a right handed bat who can hit left handed pitching. Low and behold there is a 2nd basemen who fits the mold who plays in Minnesota and his name is Brian Dozier. He has been linked to the Dodgers for a while now. So this is the type of move they need to make to get over the hump. Now it would also be sweet if they could also add another arm as in Glen Perkins.
Now of course in order to make this deal happen the Dodgers will have to give up some prospects. The common names that have come up are Jose De Leon and Brock Stewart. In the in-house options are Kiki Hernandez, Micah Johnson, and Chris Taylor. Kiki Hernandez can also play the outfield. I like the fact that the Dodgers have pitching depth with De Leon and Stewart. I think they will need depth because we have Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Hyun Jin Ryu, Rich Hill, and innings limits for Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias.
I do feel the Dodgers do need a right handed bat to combat their issues with left handed pitching. I don’t know how much I would give up just for one player who might not hit well in Dodger Stadium. Teams like the Giants will be attacking the Dodgers weakness throughout the year and also in the playoffs. This should be the season where just making the playoffs and winning the division can’t be the goal. The Dodgers need to at least make the World Series and hopefully win it.
I feel the Dodgers have enough depth in the minors and on the big league club to make a move for Dozier. All the other teams involved in Dozier don’t have better prospects then the Dodgers and the Dodgers have the biggest need. So the issue comes down to what the Dodgers would give up for Dozier. On the Twins side, Dozier is high on people’s radar now because he had a great season last year and the Twins are in the middle of a rebuild. This move has to get made and it makes sense for both sides.