With all the injuries that the Los Angeles Dodgers have suffered this offseason and in the spring, one might wonder if they have actually looked outside the organization for any potential help. Well, they didn’t have to. In fact, teams called them to discuss possible trades after the rash of injuries struck.
While the Dodgers didn’t jump on any of the trade offers, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman did say that the team listened. And why wouldn’t they? You’re supposed to listen. You’re trying to improve the team so you’re going to hear out the other side. But, as he puts it, the other teams were trying to “ambulance chase.”
“I’d say a number of teams reached out soon thereafter,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “Some even qualified it with ‘Not trying to ambulance chase but …’ which, in fact, definitionally is what they were trying to do.”
That’s what Friedman says happened after left-hander Brett Anderson had to go under the knife for back surgery. Those phone calls started up again after the news about Andre Ethier, Howie Kendrick, and Mike Bolsinger came out, as well. Vultures smelled blood in the water, but Friedman never bit.
As he says:
“But this winter, we had a lot of different conversations about acquiring impact guys. We’re continuing to have them and my guess is we’ll continue to have them indefinitely.”
Don’t rule anything out when it comes to this front office. Sure, they want to hold onto their young pieces in order to build something for the future, but short-term moves aren’t necessarily out of their realm. If they see a move that appeals to them, they’ll jump on it. If not, they’ll stand pat with what they’ve built.
The front office built a system of depth this offseason, and that quality depth is going to be the reason they stay in the hunt in the National League West despite the plethora of ailments that has seemingly decimated the roster at times. A trade could happen, and it will happen if other teams have their way.