There’s a growing divide within the Los Angeles Dodgers fanbase between some fans who approve of the way that the front office is going about things, some who definitely don’t like what they’re doing, and then those in the middle who are just watching it all play out.
Still, the front office has caused a little bit of a gulf between the fans. A healthy amount of the Dodgers fanbase wanted to keep Zack Greinke, but the front office didn’t want to overpay. That left a sour taste in the mouth of some people but the front office has a plan, and it involves the youngsters.
The Dodgers might not go all out to break their 28-year drought this year. But their long-term goal becomes obvious: Plow their resources into young players, and hope that core gives them at least a fighting chance to win every year.
Andrew Friedman and company are trying to leverage their resources, as Keri put it, into youthful players with high upside that can help the team in many ways. That’s the main reason their farm system has steadily rose the ranks of baseball to become, arguably, the premier farm system in the game.
They’re trying to build a core group of players without wasting Clayton Kershaw’s prime. Kershaw is about o turn 28 years old and has plenty of years left on that marvelous left arm of his. The front office is just trying to maximize the return on future years.
So while fans are clamoring for a championship right now, it’s best to remember that keeping a long-term goal is also the smart play. The Dodgers have the depth and talent to compete now, but are also keeping a keen eye on what sits ahead. It’s a tough marriage, but they’re trying to make it work.