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Dodgers: 7 Straight Postseasons and $1.7 Billion Spent for Zero Titles

Let’s be honest, didn’t you expect to have a title by now?

02 May 2012: New Dodgers owners of Guggenheim Baseball Management, LLC - (from left) Stan Kasten, Mark Walter, Earvin Magic Johnson, Peter Guber, and Todd Boehly during the press conference to introduce the new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)

When the Guggenheim Baseball Management Group took over as the Dodgers’ ownership group in May of 2012, they brought plenty of optimism.

The tradition of excellence continues with the Dodger greats of today. We are committed to building the next dynasty and strengthening Dodger pride. – Dodgers Ownership Statement from May 2, 2012

The previous owner, Frank McCourt, had driven the team into bankruptcy and had made an absolute mess of the Dodgers. They had greatly lowered their scouting presence in Latin America and the McCourt’s seemed to have the priority to line their own pockets.

More About The McCourt Era

In both 2008 and 2009, the Dodgers had some opportunities to upgrade the team. When they acquired Casey Blake in 2008 at the trade deadline, McCourt would not pay any of Blake’s salary so they had to give up then top prospect Carlos Santana. There were rumors they were close to acquiring CC Sabathia but the cost — in terms of money — was prohibitive.

They had a window to win there and couldn’t capitalize on it, in part because McCourt limited the purse strings.

MLB took over the team when they learned McCourt had arranged for a loan from Fox TV to help make payroll. He fought the takeover but by this time fans were staying away from the ballpark to help force a sale. The sale to Guggenheim, that was finalized in early May of 2012 was a welcome relief for all of us. Ned Colletti stayed on as the General Manager and Don Mattingly remained as the manager.

Building The Next Dynasty

The new ownership group immediately went out and started to make a good impression on us. Here’s a good sample of what they did within their first two years:

  1. Extended Andre Ethier
  2. Made a new presence in Latin America
  3. Traded for Hanley Ramirez
  4. Signed international free agents Yasiel Puig and Julio Urías
  5. Traded for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett
  6. Signed Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zach Greinke
  7. Made significant and needed improvements to Dodger Stadium
  8. Extended Clayton Kershaw

For their first two playoff runs the Dodgers were tops in payroll spending for both 2013 and 2014. They faltered in the playoffs to the Cardinals in both post-seasons and some wanted Mattingly fired. However, it seems that Mark Walter from the ownership group wanted to keep Mattingly. Don Mattingly was well respected by many within the organization but sometimes changes are needed.

Andrew Friedman Era Begins

After the 2014 season and another disappointing playoff exit in the first round, Ned Colletti was moved out of the General Manager role and Andrew Friedman was hired as the President of Baseball Operations from the Tampa Rays. Despite Joe Maddon being available, it seems the ownership group protected Mattingly, so they missed out on a top-flight manager. They did hire Farhan Zaidi from the A’s to fill the General Manager vacancy.

The front office further filled out as Friedman began hiring new people in scouting and immediately got more aggressive in Latin America.

2015 Season

Friedman and Zaidi immediately used the financial might of the Dodgers to help trade some bigger contracts away for talent that fit in with their vision. In the Matt-Kemp-for-Yasmani-Grandal trade, Los Angeles ended up sending around $30M to the Padres for a few seasons. They had also signed Cuban defector Hector Olivera as a free agent with a $28M signing bonus. Within a few weeks they included Olivera in a trade to acquire Alex Wood.

They ended up spending around $291M in 2015 but came up short again. Some criticism was leveled at the front office for not going big for a third starting pitcher, either before the season or at the trade deadline. Their big pitching signings were Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson; both with very questionable injury histories. Hyun-Jin Ryu, the number 3 starter, missed the entire season as they tried to fill that hole with Alex Wood.

In the playoffs, Anderson was the third starter and got lit up. That season, the playoffs were wide open and the Dodgers missed out on a huge opportunity. While the Dodgers got Alex Wood at the trade deadline, the Rangers got Cole Hamels. However, LA kept its top prospects in Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Julio Urías.

Dave Roberts Era Begins

After the 2015 season, it was clear that Don Mattingly was not the manager for the Dodgers (I wanted him out after 2013) and they mutually agreed to let him go. Mattingly ended up with a nice contract with the Marlins and has been a good fit there. With Mattingly gone, the Dodgers underwent a long process that finally resulted in Dave Roberts being named as the new manager.

Roberts was immediately greeted with bad news as Zack Greinke signed a contract with the Diamondbacks. The other piece of bad news was about 10 days later when it looked like the Dodgers were going to trade for Aroldis Chapman to form a dominant bullpen. Instead, the Dodgers canceled the trade when Chapman was found to be under investigation for domestic violence. The Dodgers signed Scott Kazmir as a free agent to try and replace Greinke. Somehow, the front office ignored how awful Kazmir had been in Houston to end the 2015 season.

2016 Season

The Dodgers extended a Qualifying Offer to Brett Anderson, and he ended up accepting it. Early in Spring Training he suffered a back injury and was limited to 3 starts with an ERA close to 12. The Dodgers ended up winning the division again but Clayton Kershaw suffered his second major injury in three seasons. There ended up being a lot of juggling with the starting rotation and they ended up trading for Rich Hill at the trade deadline even though he was dealing with blister issues.

For the 4th time in 4 seasons, the Dodgers had to use Kershaw on 3 days rest in the first round of the playoffs. What that tells me is that the front office did not do enough with their starting pitching in the off-season and during the season. Piecing together a rotation with their spending potential seemed (and seems) is an unforced error.

The season ended up by the Cubs beating the Dodgers in the NLCS. While the LA featured a rotation of Kershaw, Maeda, Hill, and Urias, the Cubs had Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta, and John Lackey. The Dodgers gave them a decent series at the beginning but the Cubs were way too strong en route to their first World Series championship in more than 100 years.

The other consideration is that the Dodgers seemed to only have two playoff-caliber relievers in Kenley Jansen and Joe Blanton. However, Blanton was gassed by the NLCS and was not very effective.

2016-2017 Off-Season

Going into the off-season the Dodgers had three key free agents in Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, and Rich Hill. They ended up re-signing them all! They had also made a trade to get Logan Forsythe and the pieces looked good going into 2017.

The 2017 Season

After the first month, the Dodgers dominated the National League West. It looked like they had the best team in baseball. Adrian Gonzalez had now become injury prone so they brought up Cody Bellinger. Chris Taylor established himself as the leadoff hitter. The trade deadline brought them Yu Darvish, Tony Watson, and Tony Cingrani. I will not play Monday Morning Quarterback on them not trading for Justin Verlander. Darvish was the best available starting pitcher at the time as Verlander was not himself at the time the trade was made.

Almost everything was lined up for a dominating postseason. They immediately swept the Diamondbacks in the NLDS and beat the Cubs in five games in the NLCS. However, as we all know, they blew it in the World Series and lost to the Astros. They had pitchers in the bullpen they did not trust at all in Josh Fields and Brandon McCarthy. Despite acquiring bullpen depth in Cingrani and Watson, it wasn’t enough.

Even though the Astros had a mediocre bullpen, they adapted to their circumstances and ended up winning. Darvish was the true scapegoat for that series but there was plenty of blame to go around.

2017-2018 Off-Season – Big Payroll Cuts

There were reports that the Dodgers had to possibly cut payroll because of some debt ratio issues. There were also reports that they had prepared a salary forecast for investors that kept the next few years of salaries all under the luxury tax. They then proceeded to make a huge salary relief trade with the Braves to get Matt Kemp back. Their biggest off-season acquisitions were Tom Koehler and Scott Alexander. They let Darvish, Watson and Brandon Morrow sign with other teams as free agents. The 2017 payroll ended up being around $253M but they started the 2018 season at $187M. The fears were coming true about the payroll as they had cut $66M in payroll after being one lucky break away from winning it all.

They avoided most of the free agent class but got lucky… that was not a good class.

2018 and 2019

The Dodgers did go back to the World Series in 2018. They had some bad breaks at the beginning of the season as Corey Seager was out for most of the year with Tommy John surgery. Manny Machado was acquired in a trade as a rental. However, the bullpen was a problem all year and the Dodgers front office answered with Ryan Madson and John Axford. Their bullpen was awful in the World Series and they got beat in 5 games.

In the off-season, they repeated the strategy of staying under the luxury tax. Something very important was that they were willing to go after Bryce Harper. Signing Harper would have sent them into the heavy luxury tax area but it was encouraging that they were willing to go after the “right player” to go over. They did end up adding Joe Kelly and A.J. Pollock, but the early judgment is that those might not be good signings. Pollock was especially questionable to me.

The 2019 season was record setting in so many ways. They ended up winning 106 games and had 12 walk-off wins. The 2016 draft class started to make their presence felt which gave us a great glimpse into the future. They had bullpen issues the whole season and acquired just Adam Kolerak at the deadline. Rich Hill went down with an injury and they decided not to replace him. They started a less than optimal Rich Hill in game 4 of the NLDS and he only got 8 outs. The bullpen could not hold the Nationals and took the loss. Pollock struck out 11 times in 13 at-bats. The bullpen and Dave Roberts ended up blowing a 3-1 lead in game 5 to get eliminated. It was such a promising season but they blew it again. Seven years under the new owners and not one World Series title.

Repeating The Same Mistakes

It seems that, with the pitching staff, they try to get by with just enough. When you end up having a planned bullpen game in the playoffs, the front office did not do enough. When you have to start a 20 year-old in game four on the NLDS like 2016, the front office has not done enough. Having two unusable pitchers, that have to be used like 2017, they did not do their job. When you have a bullpen like the 2018 World Series bullpen, they should be ashamed. Replacing an All-Star like Greinke with “depth” is not the right answer.

It seems that they use the off-season, and sometimes the Trade Deadline, to add depth to the rotation or bullpen. There are exceptions but I want to see them shoot higher when they can. The payroll should never be an issue. Here are some views in hindsight:

  • Would the Dodgers have won a World Series if they traded for Cole Hamels in 2015?
  • What if they had re-signed Greinke?
  • What if they had gone “all in” at the end of August 2017 and traded for Justin Verlander instead of the Astros getting him? Verlander was purely a money issue in my opinion.

I am tired of aiming low and hoping for the best. Depth is very important, but to build a pitching rotation with multiple question marks is getting old.

Big Spending Isn’t Always The Answer

Despite what I just said I don’t want them spending “stupid money“. They need to be smart in aiming high. The farm system is also quite loaded and I don’t want to see too many players blocked. If it wasn’t for injuries, Alex Verdugo may not have gotten much of an opportunity to play in 2019. Don’t sign so-called solid players that block the young guys. If you block a minor leaguer with Gerrit Cole, that is understandable. Blocking someone with a Martin Perez, betting on upside, is not understandable.

As you can see below, the Dodgers have spent a lot over the last 7 years.

Year Total Spending Rank
2013 236,872,242 1
2014 257,283,410 1
2015 291,056,310 1
2016 252,551,634 1
2017 253,633,893 1
2018 195,039,730 4
2019 209,799,642 4

Some Side Issues

If the Dodgers had won a World Series in the last 7 years, these become smaller issues in my mind.

  • The television deal that keeps many Dodgers fans from (legally) watching on TV
  • The food at Dodger Stadium is mediocre — Bring in more restaurants
  • Big games, including the playoffs, means waiting in long lines to park and get in
    • Open the park earlier
    • It seems the Dodgers don’t want to pay the extra hour for more fan convenience
  • Charging $60 more for a jersey at the stadium over online is criminal
  • Admission and parking rates go up with spending being down

As a season ticket holder, 2020 is my last season unless changes occur. If either the issues above start changing or I see a better commitment this off-season, I am not renewing for 2021 and I have a feeling I am not the only one. I have already committed to spend way less on things that put money into the Dodgers’ pockets. I believe we, the fans, are being taken for granted.

The facts, Kasten said, are that season-ticket sales point to the Dodgers leading baseball in attendance again. And if season tickets are selling, everything must be A-OK. – Dylan Hernandez, LA Times

“What Is A Legacy?”

The above quote is from the Hamilton Musical but I wonder what people like Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Andrew Friedman think of their legacies? For Walter and the ownership group is it one where they seem to take the fans for granted and underspend? What about some honesty? Stan Kasten has had many years in a baseball front office and he has ONE World Series championship. Friedman is well thought of but he still hasn’t won the big one. With two World Series wins, I think both Kasten and Friedman become Hall of Famers.

The quote at the beginning of this article about “building the next dynasty” remains unfulfilled. A dynasty contains championships. Right now the legacy looks closer to the Buffalo Bills or the Atlanta Braves if they had not won a World Series.

What Are The Dodgers Thinking?

The below quotes from a conversation that Dylan Hernandez had with Stan Kasten is not what any of us wanted to hear.

“That’s also such a weird narrative,” Kasten said. “If we can do whatever we do and stay under [the luxury-tax threshold], there are a lot of advantages to being under — by the way, a lot more advantages than you all write about.”

Such as?

“I’m not going to go into that because that’s real inside baseball economic stuff,” Kasten said.

Told fans would be interested in the details, Kasten replied, “Hold on. Let me finish the answer. Some of the things are elsewhere in the collective bargaining agreement that no one’s bothered to look at. Some of the things are inside baseball. So there are more advantages than just a little tax.”

Still, no details.

Asked again if he didn’t want to offer fans an explanation for the team’s relative inactivity on the free-agent market, Kasten said, “You’re inventing a narrative that I don’t agree with because, like I said, I can almost tell you for sure, we’re going to lead the National League in attendance again. You’re inventing a different universe that is not borne out by reality, by facts.” – Dylan Hernandez, LA Times

Final Thoughts

I think a tipping point was reached with the Dodgers getting eliminated so early in the 2019 playoffs. The fans are not happy. They didn’t make enough improvements at the trade deadline and the same mistakes were repeated. There is no doubt in my mind that most fans thought the Dodgers would have won a World Series by now. They had the best teams in 2015 and 2017 and fell short. They underachieved in 2019.

The Dodgers have established that they can build a good team every year and I appreciate that, especially after the end of the McCourt years. I enjoy going to the games or watching them at home. There are hundreds of thousands of die-hard Dodger fans that are the fan base. The Dodgers are in danger of losing some of those fans. Not that they’d stop being hard core fans but that they’ll just stay home and watch on TV (if they can). At the end of the day, the Dodgers will get away with treating their fans the way they do. If they win the World Series, we will forgive a lot. If they don’t I can see the attendance starting to drop.

I just wonder if the Dodgers actually see any urgency. So far, I don’t see any urgency. They have been so close that one more move could have made a difference and the legacy is established.

Written by Tim Rogers

A fan of the Dodgers since 1973 since I got my first baseball cards while living in Long Beach. I came to San Diego for college and never left nor did I ever switch my Dodgers' allegiance. Some know me as the "sweater guy". #ProspectHugger

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  1. Good article! I hope the Dodgers FO reads it. If for no other reason than to remind themselves that Dodger fans have already run one ownership group out of town and they could do it again! The consensus in my circle of friends is that if Dodgers don’t do something dramatic to change the narrative this off season, we’re done! My wife says she is going to divorce the Dodgers and start routing rooting for the Angels.

    • lol the Angels is a far worse alternative look at the disaster they’ve created over there with no farm and no resources to make big deals. I’d go with a team that can and is willing to legitimately try and win a title for fans

        • Sure, the Astros wouldn’t be a bad choice but they could be on there way out though we’ll see. The Nats owner cares only about winning it all for fans and for himself too they tried so hard and never stopped until they got the right group of players but if they can’t resign their guys they may be done too. Unpopular opinion but the Giants are also an organization like that, they may be in the doldrums right now but when it’s time to go for it again you can bet they will be trying to build a championship team not just an annual division winner for business purposes

  2. Hey Tim… good article but you missed an entire section holding Dave Roberts accountable. He has made some of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen in the playoffs, and has been out-managed almost every time. Additionally, I question his ability to get the most out of his players and team, the way other managers have been able to do. None of our “stars” show up for the playoffs and we have to hold him accountable for some of that.

  3. Good summary. Still I think we were 6 outs from beating the Nats. I blame Roberts for those blunders of Kershaw/Kelly.

    • Exactly despite everything in that series we still could’ve won it was a simple formula use a set up guy then use a closer. It’s a no brainer with 6 outs left he should’ve been fired for that

    • And if Smith’s fly to right in the 9th had gone 10 feet farther, we wouldn’t be talking about all this crapola either. But the point is well taken – the powers that be in the Dodger front office don’t give a rat’s arse about the fans. If they did, they would have settled the TV thing a long time ago.

  4. The author is writing this as a Dodgers fan not as a business investor, such is Guggenheim. When viewed as an investor, the Dodgers have hit the jackpot, and that is why Freidman was hired. Priority one was getting the team under the luxury tax, which they did. Selling seats was job two, which they do.
    Where’s the problem? A championship does not bring more money to Guggenheim. Guggenheim hit the mother load of all titles with their Time Warner deal, at $8 billion.
    And, few in Los Angeles can even watch it.
    You think the Dodgers care about that?
    C’mon.

  5. So well said! I’ve been saying the same thing to other Dodger fans, as well as the haters that continue to let me have it at the end of every season. That quote by S.K says it all. He knows they can spend just enough and give us a B+ product and the fans will show up. Well I have news for him. I will not be going to games next year, or buy any new gear. If the product doesn’t improve , more people will stop buying like myself. That said I will always remain a Dodger fan, but I’m going to defund their money ball scam.

    • Brandon – they won 106 games last year which is the most they’ve ever won. How can you say that’s a B+ team? The Yankees and Astros did not win the WS last year either, and they, along with the Dodgers, were the favorites. Baseball playoffs are a crapshoot which is how the Nationals won.

      They were willing to pay Harper last year, but he wanted the longer contract. The free agent pitchers over the last few years have not performed well (Darvish, Arrieta) other than Corbin. Giving out big contracts to free agents is often not a good investment.

      What is your specific recommendation to improve the product?

      • Oh boy here we go with the bogus cra.pshoot theory. Ask any champion if they were carried by some magical cra.pshoot force in the air or if they just went out and got it done because they had grit determination and togetherness

  6. What Mike said. They are a very successful business. They won’t do anything until people stop going to games.

  7. I knew they were scu mmy but after this year to year breakdown I’m thinking they are worse than McCourt because they actually could make the big moves that put them over the top but they want to use the fans and brand to pocket as much money as possible. Fans need to stop going immediately and don’t return until they do everything we want not just one little move

  8. My hatred for them has grown 10 fold after reading this. They are appalling. I’m proud to no longer be a fan

  9. I’m estimating if they dished out 1.7 billion, then with the $8 Billion T.V. contract and the revenues and ticket sales alone profited them somewhere between 15 or 20 Billion. And that’s being frugal..

    • Yet we are worried about a luxury tax. They are worse than McCourt atleast he wanted to make a big move but couldn’t. These guys can but don’t want to

      • Right on, Manny! No titles in these past 7 years?
        1. Not enough starting pitching to go deep into October games when it matters the most.
        2. A bullpen that has been flawed for quite a few years now, especially in October.
        3. An inept offense in October when facing elite pitching, such as in this year’s NLDS striking out 64 times in only 5 games and on many occasions with RISP.
        4. A too much of a LH heavy lineup witch lacks balance and has 1 dimensional players who cannot hit equally well enough against BOTH hands of a pitcher
        5. constant shuffling around with the daily lieups and positions on the field where most don’t know from 1 day to the next if and or where they are playing.
        6. A very incompetent manager who has poorly managed in October on most occasions within the last 7 years.
        7. The FO’s unwillingness to get the elite players they need to help get them over the top.
        8. A team with perhaps interchangeable parts but no real great (star) players.

        Roberts is returning for 2020 and most fear the same things happening again expecting better results, but unless a change in over all philosophy occurs from the FO on down, 2020 will again be a lost season.

        • great post, you nailed it… as a lifelong fan frustration is an understatement these days. playing for the long ball might work in June and July against the Padres/Rockies/Giants but in October against elite teams at key moments.. strategy is what wins, Roberts has no clue how to sacrifice or work a bullpen..never has! That game 5 against the Nationals you could feel it coming! I agree with many other comments on here if they don’t significantly improve the bullpen, find a top level starting pitcher and a powerful RIGHT HANDED bat… I’m done.. I can’t go through this another season… sadly these guys running our Dodgers couldn’t care less.. as long as those millions and billions keep on rolling in

  10. You’re cancelling season tickets next year maybe? I’m giving serious thought to turning off baseball. We root and spend money and invest our time and energy for a group of guys to win a title, but what exactly do we win? The 2019 season might have broken my spirit.

  11. Great article! I’ve been in the minority for several years now by voicing my displeasure over this front offices lack of commitment to doing what it takes to deliver a title.

    While I’d be happier with an actual title, I’m happy to see that I’m no longer in the minority with regards to my disdain for the front office. I’ve been on a Self-imposter spending strike for the past three seasons and haven’t seen anything yet this offseason to motivate me to end it.

    Stan Kasten led teams have been to the postseason 31 times during his career with only one title to show for it. Kasten has always been about fielding a competitive team, but has never been willing to go all-in to sow up every hole and deliver a title. Competitive team = ticket sales and ultimately huge profits. At the end of the day, this team is a business and doesn’t give a hoot about winning a title. Dodger fans are loyal and continue to set attendance records year after year – ownership knows and can count on this.

    The fans have held up their end of the deal, it’s time for ownership to do the same or else fan loyalty will start to change. As painful as the 2019 postseason was, my hope is that this is the smack in the face that the ownership needs to finally make bold moves.

  12. I will be watching more Angel games this year on the tube . Can’t stand Roberts ineptness , Friedman can go anytime (soon) . I can never forget those back to back homers and Joe Kelly pitching back to back inning , giving the Nats the win GRand slam , by an ex dodger .. Find Kelly a new home along with A.J. they stunk up the place …

    • Well another thing that has bothered me is that Dodgers have now been eliminated from PS play on their home field for 3 years in a row! It’s amazing to have sen that the Dodgers, with an NL team record of 279 Hr’s in the regular season got beat by a taste of their own medicine in Game 5 of NLDS and that IMHO was completely caused byt he irresponsible and inept managing of the pitching on the part of Roberts.

    • Have fun watching the Angels score lots of runs but blow every game with bad pitching. At least pick a better team if you’re going to find a new one

  13. Well written & researched piece. As a lifelong Giants fan who married into a crazy Dodger family, a few observations:

    – You’re absolutely right. The park needs to open sooner. Only one road in & one way out? With no rail or subway service? Insane!

    – Now I know why Dodger fans have the rep of arriving in the 3rd inning & leaving in the 7th. Traffic is simply that bad. It’s not a matter of being flakey or casual fans; it’s just transportation logistics (or lack of them).

    – Food is terrible at Dodger Stadium. Dodger dogs completely overrated. Only good item is dessert cart in suites.

    – You raise another solid point: merchandise should be the same cost at the stadium as online

    – The stadium has improved a lot in the past 7 years, in terms of safety. The lighting & security has improved. Still won’t wear my Giants gear, though. Verbal & sometimes physical harassment still exists, which is so “last millennium.” Respect for all fans.

    – Finally, and most importantly: the TV deal with the blackouts is borderline criminal. I bought the MLB.tv package, and yet my Giants games are blacked out whenever they play the Dodgers. Even the ones in SF! Simply crazy.

    – I’ll close by saying that a baseball rivalry is fun when you pretend to hate the other team. Only psychopaths genuinely hate the fans & players of the other squad. Despite the laundry, we’re all baseball fans, and that should trump everything.

    – P.S. Vin Scully is a baseball god. Kershaw a pitching legend. Even Giants fans won’t talk trash about those two national treasures. Peace out.

  14. I hear your pain and frustration and as a fan since my father took me to the Coliseum as a very young boy I have rooted for the Dodgers and sometimes for Scoscia’s Angels. I now have retired in AZ. Come watch the Fall League and Spring Baseball it’s a lot of fun.
    I truly believe that as long as Roberts is the Managér they will not win the WS. He has been responsible for losing a game by mismanaging in ever final playoff series loss.
    I do not believe they need starting pitching as I am very impressed with Urias, May and Gonsolin.
    They must stress moving the man over making contact. Trade Taylor he is a SO waiting to happen at the worst possible moment. I believe Seager will be more
    consistent in 2020. Betts is not a good move, Rendon will want Harper contract length and money. And sorry guys those deals are ridiculous. The Dodgers just need bullpen help. They should be better in 2020 with Smith, Verdugo and Lux hopefully full time and not platooned. I agree with Paul. Barring trades or acquisitions they should only platoon left with Pederson and Pollock. I would keep Bellinger in RF and Verdugo in Center.
    But Roberts inabilities are the elephant in the room.

  15. In 2019 NDLS, Dodger’s coaches left pitchers in too long & the staff wasn’t catching the pitcher’s tipping of pitches. The National’s staff caught their pitcher’s tipping quickly & adjusted. Difference in the game. Adding one extra person to catch tipping makes the difference between winning & losing; Nats had same issue.
    If not catching tipped pitches, pull pitchers & not load the bases because the pitching staff believes they can get out of it. Multiple homers (tipped pitches) by same pitcher; no adjustments & not pulled.

    Game 5 Pitching vs Nats:
    Sit Rich Hill.
    Bring in the Bueller for 1st inning, then Goose (Cat man) for 2 innings as most batters couldn’t connect (instead of an injured Hill wearing a brace), 1 inning of May, 1 of Ryu, Sadler (reliever), and finish with Maeda. Dodgers needed a game 5 win so why chance it with Hill in a brace, and use your starters 1 inning each finishing with Maeda to guarantee a win. Nats used some of the same starting pitchers in back to back games or as closers/relievers after starting in order to win due to their bullpen issues. Nats were bullpen creative; Dodgers weren’t. Nats caught tipping pitches; Dodgers didn’t.
    Dodgers pitching loaded up bases numerous times, had multiple homers & weren’t pulled or adjustments weren’t made (tipping pitches); Nats adjusted for all of the above!!

    Be in the now & worry about Game 6 after Game 5 is won; what is the team willing to do in order to win in order to get it done? I’m sure certain pitchers would’ve been happy to pitch an inning in Game 5 in order to have an edge & win the game 5.

    I’m a huge Dodger fan, but Nats didn’t have all the money & still got it done due to bullpen creativeness & a pitching spotter.

    Why release Rhu when he has been so great as well as a positive influence just to spend more money to acquire Gerit? Dodgers need another 2-3 Walker Bueller’s in our system to develop while continuing to develop May & Goose. I wouldn’t give up Seager as he drove in Bellinger & Muncy when many weren’t connecting with the bat; he’s has the most Dodgers doubles batted in.

  16. I seriously hope Kikè Hernandez isn’t traded as he is right handed; righty’s are extinct on the team. Freese was a righty & has retired leaving Hernandez & Will Smith. Kikè seems to come through in big moments & his fielding is on standard with Bellinger; making impossible plays everywhere all over the field as an utility player & rarely ever makes errors if any. Hernandez has incredible speed & easily steals bases & the fans love him.

    Dodger fans are already upset Legron was let go. On Twitter, Latina fans connected with Legron & were happy he was on the team. If Hernandez is traded, a very fun, & popular fan player, it may impact Dodger games in stadium attendance.

    Hernandez played right field second best to Bellinger when Bellinger was playing first base in the playoffs. No one has replaced Bellinger as well with speed and glove skills except Hernandez. Even though a part time player, he’s always ready at the plate, comes through & has a good batting average for a part time player. Hernandez is a Los Angeles fan favorite, but even more so with the Latina community who support him. It would most definitely affect stadium attendance if Hernandez was traded.

  17. I have a feeling that once again, this entire off season is going to be we Dodgers fans only talking about other teams moves to try and win. Haunting echoes of Manny Machado in the on deck circle last year.A heckler was razzing him about going to the Padres. Not that I think Manny is everything Manny thinks he is, but his words say it all. ” They wouldn’t pay me!!”….. Then to top it off, Manny says “The Padres will win a world series before the Dodgers” Quote… I don’t care what or how much Manny deserved to be paid, but if he says it openly, then the players also acknowledge the Dodgers penny pinching ways. Already reports that the Padres will get Cole, as he has ties to the Yankees pitching coach that the Pads just hired. The Giants have a lot of money also, so it’s just a matter of time that this 7 year run is going to be over while the Dodgers find themselves on the outside looking in once again…….

  18. Man what is going on with the masses according to the World Series in bases today the regroup of the games is coming straight from the TOP (up above) they better mean because the games mess… Hey listen dodgers nation better straighten up ?? cuz sooner ur later is back to the basics. Start looking in smaller #$$$ for The whole# ya digg#?????

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