The Los Angeles Dodgers front office, led by president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi, made several changes during the offseason and continued tinkering with the roster throughout the season.
Gone were key contributors Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez. They were replaced by Yasmani Grandal, Howie Kendrick, and others who weren’t as heralded such as Justin Ruggiano, who’s made prominent contributions.
The moves made by the front office proved to be worth it Tuesday night when the Dodgers clinched their third consecutive National League West title for the first time in franchise history by beating the rival San Francisco Giants 8-0 in San Francisco.
According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Zaidi is satisfied with the way the season turned out and credited the players:
You can never take it for granted,” Dodgers first-year GM Farhan Zaidi said. “A lot of things can go wrong – best-laid plans and all of that. But whatever the payroll is, whatever the guys on the field are making, they have to get it done on the field and they did a tremendous job.”
The Dodgers lost eight of their last 10 games before clinching Tuesday night behind their ace and reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. All he did was throw a complete-game shutout, holding the Giants to one hit and striking out 13.
Los Angeles has five regular-season games remaining before they begin the NL Division Series against the New York Mets. While the Dodgers have clinched their division, home-field advantage remains up for grabs, though the Mets are in the driver’s seat as they currently hold a one-game lead in standings.