First and foremost, Happy New Year to all fans of the Dodgers. While 2020 was a year like no other on many different levels, the Dodgers finally winning the World Series after recent playoff disappointments surely had to put a smile on many of your faces.
While the Dodgers have made it no secret that the bullpen is an area they’d like to address this winter, they still haven’t made any significant upgrades in terms of a true difference maker.
They tend to seek out reclamation projects in the bullpen, hoping that the player comes close to recapturing the glory of years past.
The World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers had many key players show up in big moments during the October playoff run. Seven players of the championship roster are currently free agents. With the off-season hot stove being pretty cold at the moment, there hasn’t been much action.
In route to their 2020 World Series Championship, the Dodgers relied on many players that were products of the great talent development team. Recent prospects like Victor Gonzalez, Will Smith, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, Matt Beaty and Edwin Rios all made their MLB rise through the Los Angeles farm, eventually playing contributing roles in the club’s championship success.
Even though it’s only been less than a week since the Dodgers claimed the 2020 World Series Championship, there’s already been a ton of speculation in the baseball world as to which player will open next season as the club’s primary closer.
While many folks close to the team are still reveling in the franchise’s first World Series Championship since 1988, the Dodgers got down to business on the transaction side of things on Friday, announcing that they have declined the option for veteran pitcher Jimmy Nelson.
Before the beginning of Sunday’s games, the Dodgers still had the best record in the majors at 32-14. They sat in front of NL West rival San Diego by a full three games, and their inclusion in the 2020 postseason playoff picture is imminent. However, there’s been a ton of discussions about potential home field advantage and what it might mean in the postseason.
Without question, as the 2020 playoffs rapidly approach, the biggest roster issue currently on the minds of Dodgers fans everywhere is the state of the starting pitching rotation.
Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson, both of whom have been very instrumental in the Dodgers’ success in recent years, aren’t just facing roster consequences with regards to the playoffs, but they’re also conceivably playing for their upcoming contracts in 2020.