In a matter of several hours on the third day of Winter Meetings, the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to retool their middle infield and later cleared the way for Joc Pederson to take over in center field.
The hirings of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi signaled a shift towards a more progressive-thinking front office that wouldn’t hesitate to heavily incorporate sabermetrics into their decisions. According to Bill Plashcke of the LA Times, Friedman’s goal is to assemble a dynamic roster:
Our intent coming in was to field as dynamic and complementary of a roster as we could. Obviously we still have the rest of the winter to do that.”
As for the means by which Friedman would go about upgrading the roster, he said there weren’t strict rules to abide by:
We came into this situation with no hard and fast rules, we wanted to be open-minded and nimble in terms of opportunities that presented themselves. The last couple of days, we’ve had the opportunity to add players that complement our existing group of players very well.”
Prior to completing the larger trades that sent waves throughout the Winter Meetings, Friedman was busy working on the edges of the 40-man roster and lost out on marquee free agent Jon Lester.
Now in a situation where there are resources to sign free agents as opposed to trading them before running the risk of losing them to free agency, Friedman has yet to acquire a player on the open market; though it appears his first may be right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy.
With the Dodgers still looking to add pitching, and Max Scherzer and James Shields available, it’s possible Friedman will set his sights on one of the coveted pitchers. Although they’ve gotten older at second base and shortstop, one directive for Friedman to follow is fielding a roster with youth on it, which team president and CEO believes is key to contending.