A lot has been written about the lack of moves the Dodgers’ front office has made so far this offseason. In a recent article in the LA Times, part-owner and team president Stan Kasten took on the accusation that the team, up until now, has been “cheap.”
Well, Christmas has come and gone and Dodgers fans did not find a new starter or another right-handed batter under their tree. While many times here I have said that the Dodgers don’t need to make immediate upgrades, it still would have been nice to have a holiday surprise.
At one point during December’s Winter Meetings, it looked like the Dodgers were hot on the trail of reliever Dellin Betances, but once Los Angeles snagged righty Blake Treinen, it appeared that the interest in Betances may have subsided.
The good news is that Hyun-Jin Ryu is believed to want to remain on the West Coast, and he may even be willing to offer a bit of a returning discount to do so. The bad news is, even with the slight discount, the lefty’s contract value is seemingly increasing by the day.
While many teams around baseball have been very aggressive with their respective player acquisitions so far this offseason, Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers have been much more cautious, seemingly waiting to make the right move at the exact right time.