Similar to years past, the Dodgers waited until the closing hours of the 2018 non-waiver deadline to make multiple additions to the player roster. To compliment its move two weeks ago in gaining Manny Machado, the club acquired infielder Brian Dozier from the Twins and righty reliever John Axford from the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Although it probably felt as if the search for a second baseman lost all momentum when talks surrounding Brian Dozier eventually fizzled, the front office crew of the Dodgers is outwardly busier than ever, considering all conceivable options as the countdown to spring camp now stands at a mere 25 days.
Quite obviously, the Dodgers‘ ties to the Minnesota Twins and second baseman Brian Dozier have dominated most of the Los Angeles baseball news for much of the current offseason. In addition to Dozier, rumors surrounding Ian Kinsler of the Tigers and Brandon Phillips of the Reds swirled early during the Hot Stove, but ultimately lost any type of momentum due to the potential complexities of completing a trade.
If the Dodgers do indeed sign Rich Hill sometime very soon like many news outlets have been suggesting, Los Angeles will almost certainly follow with some type of 40-man roster adjustment, mainly to create some breathing room to play in the Rule 5 Draft and open the door for other potential free agent signings in the near future.
While the Hot Stove season seemed to begin with a somewhat steamy start at the general managers meetings in Scottsdale last week, many rumors surrounding the Dodgers have since settled to whispers, as the club could be waiting on news regarding Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen before creating a game plan for the remainder of the roster.