Yes, we know that everyone loves (read: hates) offseason prognostication lists that tell you who won and who lost in the free agency battles that take place. But, at the same time, they’re written by major writers who have a wide-sweeping audience that soaks this stuff up.
Today, Sporting News released their winners and losers. And, not shockingly, the Dodgers, due to a myriad of reasons, were on the losers list.
Los Angeles should still be good, but it’s been a rough winter, starting with losing Greinke. Then there was the non-signing of Hisashi Iwakuma and the non-trade for Aroldis Chapman. Additions such as Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda are good, but at some point, you wonder if the Dodgers are aware that they have to operate with a 25-man roster, because there are too many outfielders, starting pitchers and below-average second basemen here.
Spector isn’t wrong here. It was a rough go of it for the Boys In Blue. They lost Zack Greinke outright to a division rival, they had an agreement with and then didn’t sign right-handed Hisashi Iwakuma, and then they had a trade in place for left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman before backing out. It looks bad.
He’s also not wrong in say that the team has a lot of starting pitchers and outfielders. The second baseman issue is what it is. But having too much of something isn’t really a negative. It gives you a position of power to deal from if you need to patch a hole elsewhere.
As has been mentioned on here numerous times, Kazmir and Maeda don’t have to be as good as Greinke individually. They just need to be as good as him collectively. And they can absolutely do that. They could also fall short of that. We simply don’t know.
For now, it makes sense that they’re labeled as a loser this offseason when you factor in the stuff they’ve had in place then missed out on. But that’s also why they play the games. We’ll see how it all unfolds.