We’re approaching the end of 2018, but we’re also approaching the beginning of spring training. It’s not far away, just around the corner and the Dodgers have done little to nothing so far this offseason. To recap the Dodgers activity, they’ve extended Clayton Kershaw (93 million dollar three-year deal); they’ve signed David Freese, and extended qualifying offers to Yasmani Grandal and southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu. Grandal declined the offer to test the free agent waters and Ryu accepted the 17.9 million dollar contract.
The boys in blue then signed relief pitcher Joe Kelly to a 3-year 25 million dollar deal. Then the Dodgers traded Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, and Kyle Farmer to the Reds for Homer Bailey, and two A-ball prospects. That illogical and stupid trade infuriated Dodger fans all across the globe. The Dodgers got little to no value back for one of their best players, (and Kemp and Wood who are both solid contributors) and dumped salary despite being the richest team in baseball with the deepest pockets.
It’s a horrible look for the team with the deepest resources in the game to be cutting payroll and then hoping for the best after winning consecutive National League pennants. But alas this is the world we live in with Andrew Friedman at the helm. The only other moves the Dodgers have made have been to offer salary arbitration to a number of other Dodgers.
That leads me to my initial thought with this article. Is no activity good activity? If the Dodgers don’t do anything for another offseason, is that good for the franchise? Last winter the Dodgers didn’t do much either. If you remember they made another salary dumping trade when they flipped Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Adrian Gonzalez, and Charlie Culberson to the Braves for Matt Kemp. It was a straight salary dump/swap but it turned out ok for the Dodgers when Kemp had a good season. The only other move the Dodgers made that year was the pointless three-team deal to acquire Scott Alexander, and infield prospect Jake Peter. The lone free agent signed was pitcher Tom Koehler who never threw a single pitch in a Dodger uniform.
Koehler was it for their free agency foray. This year that could be Joe Kelly. The Dodgers continue to be linked to superstar Bryce Harper, but it seems highly unlikely they are willing to spend the massive amount of cash to sign him. As the winter marches on the Dodger’s holes have yet to be filled. They still need a starting catcher. They still need a second baseman and now they are without a right fielder. Action needs to be taken yet as the days go by more and more top free agents get snatched up as Friedman sits around doing nothing.
Of course you and I could say that the Dodgers still did fine with this strategy winning back-to-back pennants and you would be correct. Yet their holes still remain on the position player side. There’s still gaping holes at catcher, second base and right field. The Dodgers better get on those soon. What do you guys think? Is no activity, good activity? Discuss.