Entering the offseason after being eliminated for a second consecutive year by the St. Louis Cardinals, changes were expected throughout the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. It began with the hiring of Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations and continued with Farhan Zaidi being added as general manager, as well as several other front-office hires.
Friedman and Zaidi then went to work on the roster, tinkering with the outer edges and overall organizational depth before shifting their attention to larger moves. Through the first two days of the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the Dodgers were quiet and their silence came with losing out on Jon Lester.
Once Wednesday rolled around, the Dodgers broke their silence — emphatically. It began with a reported trade for Jimmy Rollins, which as of late Wednesday evening had yet to be made official, and it ended with the Dodgers officially announcing two trades with one being a seven-player deal with the Miami Marlins.
Dee Gordon’s All-Star campaign in 2014 led to him being sent to the Marlins along with Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas, and a player to be named later or cash considerations. While Haren was included in the trade, whether he reports to the Marlins or retires is in question.
In exchange, the Dodgers received pitcher Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Kike Hernandez. Of the haul, Heaney was the headliner, though rather than perhaps cracking the Dodgers’ rotation in 2015, he was flipped to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Howie Kendrick — giving the Dodgers a replacement for Dee Gordon.
Kendrick hit .293 in 157 games with the Angels last season and posted career-highs marks in hits (181), RBIs (75, tied with 2010 total), and on-base percentage (.347 tied with 2007). To clear room on the roster for the newly-acquired players, the Dodgers announced Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment.
As for pending moves, the Dodgers are expected to sign Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million contract.