All offseason long, various sites have been giving out their grades to how every single Major League Baseball team did during free agency and the trade market. In the case of the Los Angeles Dodgers, they’ve routinely found themselves in the B range of things. That hasn’t changed.
Today, ESPN put out their final offseason grades for all 30 teams, and the Dodgers were on the list somewhere in the middle of the pack as far as the overall grading scale went. To be fair, no team graded out with worse than a C- tally, and that seems odd but it is what it is right now, I guess.
The highlight of their offseason is what they didn’t do: hoard all their top prospects instead of trading them. When the dusts settles, Los Angeles will still be a 90-win team that should contend all year for the division title or a wild-card berth.
As Bowden goes on to note, the Dodgers had various deals lined up with teams or players but ultimately backed out of them. There was the Hisashi Iwakuma contract and then the Aroldis Chapman trade that never materialized. However, the team rebounded to have a solid offseason.
Sure, there was the Zack Greinke situation that saw him head to a division rival, but Los Angeles still managed to scrape together a pretty solid haul of players. The team brought back second baseman Howie Kendrick, signed Kenta Maeda, and signed Scott Kazmir. Those moves will certainly help them.
While they could have probably gotten Todd Frazier in the trade with Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox, getting a surplus of prospects out of them wasn’t exactly the worst thing in the world since they’re all pieces who should help in the near future.
Bowden gave the team a B- grade, which is far below what he gave the San Francisco Giants (A) and Arizona Diamondbacks (A-). Don’t let that despair you, though. Few titles are won in the offseason. Remember last season when the Washington Nationals had won the World Series in January? They still have to play the games.