Coming off a season in which the Los Angeles Dodgers won 94 games and repeated as NL West division champions was met with significant changes from the front office down to overall organizational roster depth.
Gone are key contributors Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez. While World Series expectations remain for the Dodgers, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully enters the year with uncertainty. In an interview on Access SportsNet: Dodgers, Scully discussed not knowing what to expect from the 2015 Dodgers given how much has changed:
In all honesty I don’t know who the Dodgers are, for a lot of reasons. They’ve made several changes behind home plate, at second base, at shortstop, in the bullpen, in the outfield. They’re minus Matt Kemp, what will that do? I have no idea. So when you say to me, ‘What do you think the Dodgers will do?’ I have no idea. Your guess is as good as mine. All we know is the team they had last year won 94 games and of course they’re trying to improve. We’ll see.”
Under president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi, the Dodgers have been aggressive in remaking the roster while keeping an eye on sustained success in the years to come. The Dodgers replaced Gordon and Ramirez with viable players in Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, however both have one year remaining on their respective contracts.
Of the two, Kendrick is most likely to be re-signed as there isn’t a second base prospect at the level of a Corey Seager. Whereas some questions may surround the on-field product next season, that doesn’t hold true for Scully, who returns for an unprecedented 66th year behind the microphone.