The World Champion Dodgers can add more hardware to their trophy case. This week, the team was named the 2020 Major League Baseball Organization of the Year. Baseball America has recognized the award annually since 1982.
The Dodgers were pretty much the best team from start to finish. They posted the best regular season record at 43-17. While they faced some challenges in the postseason like every winning team does, they eventually got the job done.
Also taken into consideration were several huge acquisitions such as Mookie Betts in the last offseason by MLB Executive of the Year, Andrew Friedman. Other key acquisitions were Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, and Alex Wood, who had all key moments in October.
With one of the deepest farm systems in the majors, the Dodgers look to stick around for a couple of years at the most elite level of baseball.
In some front office news, Dodgers senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes has interviewed for the general position with the Phillies. Byrnes has been with the Dodgers since 2014, after previously being a GM with the Diamondbacks and Padres.
The Phillies are also interested in another Dodgers front office executive, Jeff Kingston, who is the current Los Angeles vice president and assistant general manager. Kingston arrived to the Dodgers in late 2018, having previously been in the Mariners front office.
Friedman has had many successful baseball executives work with him in the past, so it isn’t a surprise that two Dodger executives are in the running for the GM position in Philadelphia.
In other organizational news, while the MLB has been restructuring the Minor Leagues recently, the Dodgers announced that they will longer be affiliated with the Ogden Raptors. The Raptors were the rookie level for the Dodgers in the Pioneer League.
The hot stove this offseason has been pretty quiet so far, as only rumors continue to flow in. Some of the biggest Dodgers rumors have been trade packages surrounding players such as Nolan Arenado, and Francisco Lindor or free agent acquisitions like Trevor Bauer or DJ LeMahieu.
Dodger Stadium also just recently kicked off their first night of the Dodgers Holiday Festival. The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., prices range from $55 – $115 depending on the size of the car.
Surely, the hot stove will heat up at some point while we all wait for some roster moves to take place.