It’s tough not to feel as if the Dodgers missed an opportunity to improve the roster this past week at the Winter Meetings. Team executives wouldn’t necessarily disagree, but patience is a virtue, after all, and they’re standing by just that.
Just as the meetings wrapped up Thursday morning, Stan Kasten and Andrew Friedman took some time to give a few quotes on the week that was and how it affects the team’s direction moving forward.
All quotes via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register.
“It’s never been important to me – a certain magic about these four days as opposed to days and weeks after,” Friedman said. “What it’s about is what it looks like in April.”
While it might be frustrating to look at the roster after Nashville with only Isashi Iwakuma (35) and Chase Utley (37) as the only signings in an offseason where one top priority was to get younger, Friedman does have a point. The offseason is much more than a few days in mid-December.
While some deals obviously are completed while so many executives are in the same place at the same time, the meetings are typically about starting conversations that will extend through the rest of the offseason, if not the year.
In the case of a Jose Fernandez, where so many moving parts are involved, it’s pretty unrealistic to expect both parties to agree with only four days to do so.
Still, Friedman didn’t sound too torn up about the future of the team.
“We’re really excited about the core we have in place,” Friedman said Wednesday. “We feel it’s a championship-caliber core and we continue to build around it and add to it.”
Again, he makes a valid point. Quite a few teams would happily trade for a core of Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Yasmani Grandal, Kenley Jansen and Yasiel Puig all under 28 already playing at the major league level. Oh, and a farm system featuring Julio Urias and Jose de Leon ready to come up in the next couple seasons.
In terms of flexibility, while it would certainly have been nice to shed Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier’s salaries already this offseason, by the time the oldest player named above turns 30, both deals (a combined $48.5 million in 2017) will have come off the books, just in time for Bryce Harper’s first year of arbitration.
Look, I can’t lie, I honestly thought we’d’ve seen more action on the Dodgers’ part this week, but this is by no means the end of their activity this offseason.