It appears the Dodgers will miss out on the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. After trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds – it feels like the team may be on the outside looking in.
When these things happen, the team will be taken to task by talking heads. Moreover, one of those talking heads is Sirius XM’s Jim Bowden. Give a listen to what he had to say about the Dodgers. It’s not pretty.
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) January 13, 2019
The former general manager had biting words for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sirius XM airwaves on Sunday.
“You look at this Dodgers team right now. You’ve got Pederson and Hernandez in left, Taylor in center I guess, Verdugo in right, Bellinger at first and Muncy at second. And that’s a team that’s going backwards.”
Bowden expressed concern about the Dodgers no longer having Puig in right field.
“You know, Puig is gone. You’re going to miss Puig, he’s a pretty good right fielder. Are you gonna overpay for Pollock? How’s that gonna play out?”
Look, it’s fine for a talking head to express concern that the Dodgers haven’t accomplished enough this offseason. Browsing social media, it seems like the fan base also shares that sentiment. However, it’s important to remember this is still a team that has an over/under win total projection of 95.
The take home message? R-E-L-A-X.
In short, the sky is not falling. Jim Bowden climbing on the airwaves and screaming for the Dodgers to do something fast does not make it so. The 2019 Dodgers are going to win a lot of ballgames. While they aren’t automatic to be penciled in to the 2019 World Series, they will be spoken for.
Any team that aspires to get there in the National League knows one thing: they’re going to need to pass through Los Angeles.
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