With the notable hires that were Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi and other front-office personnel, the Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to match that splash with player acquisitions. While the Dodgers have certainly been active — at one point making five trades in a span of 10 days — none of the moves have come with much buzz.
What the Dodgers have moved closer to however, is adding depth throughout the 40-man roster. Although the trades and acquisitions thus far have been on the minor side, depth is something Dodgers’ general manager Farhan Zaidi said he and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman have focused on creating, via Eric Stephen of True Blue LA:
On both sides of the roster, both position players and pitchers, having depth, having a strong 40-man roster was something Andrew [Friedman, president of baseball operations] prioritized in Tampa and was something I prioritized in Oakland,” general manager Farhan Zaidi said on Thursday night. “A lot of the moves we made in the early going here have been about creating that same kind of roster depth here.”
While adding depth has been at the forefront of the transactions, Zaidi indicated the smaller pieces could be used as part of larger deals:
Having that base of depth gives you the opportunity to make more aggressive, needle-moving moves as the offseason goes on,” Zaidi said. “While we’re weighing some of those bigger potential decisions, adding depth is going to be a constant focus for us.”
The first move under the new front office was claiming infielder Ryan Jackson off waivers, who was then traded to Kansas City Royals 23 days later. Other acquisitions under Friedman and Zaidi include Mike Bolsinger, Chris Heisey, Adam Liberatore, Juan Nicasio and Joel Peralta.
The depth Zaidi speaks of could aid the Dodgers’ pursuit of a shortstop (i.e. Alexei Ramirez) and/or a trade for Cole Hamels, or another starting pitcher. The Dodgers also need to address the bullpen, though that may be done via free agency.
Along with trading for Heisey on Wednesday, the Dodgers tendered seven of their eight eligible players and signed the eighth, Darwin Barney to a one-year, $2.252 million contract.