The offseason has been pretty full of trades and signings already. Dodgers fans had thought that maybe, the team they root for would be involved in more of them. One by one, fans have watched Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, and even Madison Bumgarner sign with someone else.
So far, all the Dodgers have done is sign free agent reliever Blake Treinen.
Now, of course, there are many caveats to go with the Dodgers not signing any of the above players. As we’ve gone in to detail here before, Cole was going to be a Yankee no matter what, and the same goes for Strasburg going back to the Nationals. While some fans would have accepted it, I don’t think the majority of Dodgers fans really would have handled MadBum in Dodger Blue well, at least in the beginning.
The thing that sticks with me is that the Dodgers were tied to all of these free agents. The players seemed to have interest and they all stated they wanted to play for a “winner,” yet they ultimately signed somewhere else. Do these and other players not feel like the Dodgers are actually primed to win a World Series soon? Or is it just a big coincidence that this is what players say, even when they already know what team they’d most like to play for?
The Dodgers have been rumored for years to be working on a trade with the Cleveland Indians for someone. The latest is that they are interested in Francisco Lindor and Mike Clevinger, and were in on Corey Kluber some, too. Talks are now rumored to have “stalled.” The Indians insist on Gavin Lux being the centerpiece of the trade if they were to fully engage with the Dodgers. Los Angeles has repeatedly said that Lux is a no-go in any trade talks.
According to some rumors, if the Indians were to include both Lindor and Clevinger, the Dodgers might budge on giving up their top prospect. It may also involve including Dustin May and a current big leaguer, along the lines of a Joc Pederson. Make no mistake, Lindor and Clevinger are worth a top-tier return. But with the Indians just trading away Kluber for what most agree was a less than stellar return, there is definitely some negotiations to be done.
But, probably nothing will come of this, because there is nothing wrong with the Dodgers. I know many fans will disagree with me, including some regular readers of this blog, but hear me out. As it stands now, the Dodgers should still win the National League West pretty easily. It’s much closer now, but the Dodgers are still the class of the National League. The farm system is stacked to keep the team very good for years to come. The Dodgers don’t need to do anything right now. The have the luxury of time.
Case in point, Dan Szymborski came out with a sneak preview of the upcoming Zips projections with the team’s current players, and yeah, it’s pretty good
So, while it sucks to see other teams making moves and trades and signings and the Dodgers mostly standing pat (although I do really like the Treinen signing), for now we can focus on the positive—that this team still is pretty darn good (as long as they show up in the postseason) and the Dodgers have the resources to make it better, when the time and price is right. Just as long as they do end up making the team better, I’m okay with however long it takes.