The great thing about being the World Seris champions after 32 years is that the pressure if off. The Dodgers don’t need to go out and buy all of the biggest names or make trades that deplete their farm system. Andrew Friedman and the front office know what they have, and that’s one of the best teams in baseball. With that being said, let’s recap some of the moves made so far as we head into January.
Dodgers Get Bullpen Help
The big need coming into this offseason was bullpen help. With Blake Treinen, Pedro Baez, and Alex Wood likely gone, the Dodgers needed to add some arms for depth. And boy did they ever add some arms. Los Angeles signed Tommy Kahnle to a two-year deal as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in hopes that he can be a huge addition in 2022.
The Dodgers also traded for Brewers reliever Corey Knebel, who could end up being a huge addition in 2021. Knebel is under contract for the 2021 season, and Los Angeles is hopeful that he can return to his 2017 form. LA also added Brock Stewart, James Pazos, Jimmy Nelson, and Andrew Schwaab on minor league deals.
Most recently, the Dodgers swung a three-team trade with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia to land LHP Garrett Cleavinger.
Rule 5 Draft Additions
The Dodgers lost a whole lot of talent in the Rule 5 draft but were also able to gain some in the process. They selected catcher Ryan January from the Diamondbacks as well as Roimer Bolivar from the Rays. Unfortunately, Los Angeles ended up losing eight players between the two phases of the draft.
For the most part, the Dodgers have been silent other than being involved in plenty of rumors. They signed old friend Tim Federowicz to a minor league deal that will help them with depth at the catching position, a move that many speculated could hint to a prospect trade. They also scooped up second baseman/infielder Carlos Asuaje on a minor league deal, another depth move for Andrew Friedman.
Notable (Potential) Losses
The Dodgers’ main free agents have yet to sign any deals with other teams, but most of them will likely be heading elsewhere. Joc Pederson hasn’t been linked to any other teams for the most part, though his bat certainly fits in with plenty of teams around the league. Enrique Hernandez fits well with almost every team around the league, and the rumors would certainly suggest that. Justin Turner appears to have caught the attention of the Blue Jays, but even that rumor has lost its vigor as of late.
All in all, a slow offseason thus far. Expect things to pick up in the coming weeks as MLB tries to figure out what next season will look like.
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