Whether the management crew of the Dodgers is prepared to admit it or not, the bullpen is continuing to prove itself as the weakest link on an otherwise very talented ballclub. Monday night’s loss to the Angels was another example of how the relief corps imploded, as it surrendered four combined runs in the seventh and eighth innings, spoiling a very fine outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu.
About three weeks ago, Andy put together a story about the prospect of the Dodgers improving the player roster by exploring what was still available in the free agent market. She wrote this a week before the peak of Bryce Harper‘s decision, and believe it or not, there were still plenty of fans who thought that Andrew Friedman could get creative enough and find a way to lure the superstar to Los Angeles.
Depending on how you look at it, the Dodgers either missed out or dodged a financial mess in not signing Bryce Harper. The Dodgers flew to Vegas to meet with the well-coiffed free agent, reportedly offering him $45 million per year for either three or four years.
(Editor’s Note: Some previous content was used when compiling this post.)
Since officially moving to Los Angeles in 1958, many player trades occurred that were instrumental in winning 11 National League pennants and five World Series championships. However, along with the deals that were beneficial came the deals that were dreadful. Consequently, people often wonder what may have transpired if a number of these trades could have been undone.
Even if the Dodgers are finished making any significant roster moves for the winter, it’s safe to say that things have indeed turned out quite well for the team, at least as far as player personnel goes.
Another day, another rumor of another player the Dodgers are interested in. On Thursday, I discussed how Joc Pederson might fit into the Dodgers’ plans. Over the weekend, rumors started to fly that maybe the Dodgers don’t have him in their 2019 plans at all.
When rumors surfaced late Saturday about the Dodgers reaching out to outfielder A.J. Pollock, many media outlets jumped on the story immediately, primarily because there has been very little to report in recent days and it was at least something to write about.