The Dodgers season ended on a disappointing note on Friday night, but now heading into the offseason, there’s optimism and high expectations. While the Dodgers were 9.5 games out of first place at one point, they made a historic turnaround and ended up capturing their first NL West title since 2009.

The Dodgers are back, but decisions will have to be made. Going into the winter, there are 12 free agents and the Dodgers will look to lock up both Clayton Kershaw and Hanley Ramirez. While Kershaw had one of the worst performances of his career in Game 6 of the NLCS, there were discussions earlier in the season about a lifetime contract to the left-handed pitcher in the $300 million range. Kershaw is the team’s top priority and it will be interesting to see if both sides will be able to reach a deal during the offseason.

In order to reach and win the World Series next season, the Dodgers will be in the market for a third baseman, second baseman, and an improved bench. The organization has established a strong foundation to build on and it will be interesting to see what moves are made this offseason to bring a title to Los Angeles.

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Dodgers News

Mourning Allowed At End Of Dodgers’ Run, But Their Return Is Clear [Dodgers Now]

What A Ride, What A Ride [Dodger Thoughts]

A Final Thought From The Dodgers’ Final Game Of 2013 [Dodgerscribe]

2013 NLCS Stats: No Offense For Dodgers [True Blue LA]

Puig’s Season Ends On Sour Note [True Blue LA]

MLB News

Report: MLB Paid For Drug Evidence In Case Against A-Rod [CBSSports]

Bans On Home Plate Collisions Could Be Coming Soon [HardballTalk]

Ryan Retiring As Rangers CEO [Bleacher Report]

Report: Nathan Expected To Hit FA Market [Bleacher Report]

Boras: Yankees Need To ‘Prove’ Themselves To FAs [SB Nation]

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Dan Duangdao was a contributing writer for Dodgers Nation. Follow him on Twitter @DanDuangdao

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