All offseason long, the fine folks over at Sports Illustrated have gone through and given their offseason report card tallies for each and every team. Today, it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers’ turn to get their grade, and it’s pretty darn fair with all things considered.
According to them, the Dodgers graded out with a B-, which means they did good, but not great. It also means they didn’t do poorly, which is a lot better than what some fans think truly happened after the team lost free agent right-hander Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks for well over $200 million.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the team deals from their depth to pull off a blockbuster before Opening Day, but even now, it’s a squad that should again contend.
That’s the last line in the article, and he’s not wrong. The team does have a slew of depth, namely in the outfield and starting rotation, so dealing from either, or both, stockpiles could lead to a net result that greatly improves the team’s chances at winning something substantial.
As Jaffe goes on to mention, the Dodgers still need to find a suitor for outfielder Andre Ethier and also improve upon their bullpen. Theoretically, the team could look to accomplish both feats with the same stone if they’re able to find the right deal with the right team.
Or maybe the Dodgers’ bullpen fix is right in their organization already in the form of either left-hander Alex Wood or right-hander Frankie Montas. Either one would be a boon to the bullpen for the time being if the starting rotation doesn’t need them to make an impact in the first half of 2016.