While it hasn’t been a complete overhaul this offseason, Andrew Friedman and the Los Angeles Dodgers front office have remade the team that won 94 games and the NL West.
Gone are Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and Drew Butera, and in are Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick, Brandon McCarthy and Yasmani Grandal. In the bullpen, Brian Wilson was released last week, and Brandon League is currently being shopped. While the front office have made moves to acquire Joel Peralta, Chris Hatcher and others, the bullpen was seemingly the biggest part of the roster that needed help after the end of the Dodgers season.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, Friedman noted that they might not be done with the bullpen:
I don’t think we’re ever going to get to a point where we go, ‘OK, let’s sit back and put our feet on the desk,’ “Friedman said. “We’re always going to be looking at different areas, whether it be on the margins or more significant. I think any time you ask me this question, the bullpen will always be an answer I’ll give. It has to be my nature never to feel comfortable with a bullpen in the offseason.”
The Dodgers have seen most, if not all, of the big-name relief pitchers sign with other teams this winter. Andrew Miller, Pat Neshek, Sergio Romo and others are all off the board, with Neshek accepting less money to pitch in Houston. There are no prospects ready to come in and take on the later innings, meaning the Dodgers could be looking at deals to bring in more help. Many believe another outfielder will be traded this winter and that could mean Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford could be shipped out in a possible deal for another arm.
One thing that is for sure is that the Dodgers aren’t done and the later innings could have a whole new look come April.