Postmortem: LA Dodgers

111 wins. 22 games better than the second place Padres. That shouldn’t end in meekly bowing out in the NLDS to that second place team. Yet that is what happened. In fact, in the two years since their 2020 World Series championship, they’ve won 217 regular season games…and gone 7-9 in the playoffs.

A couple of their free agents have already signed. Tyler Anderson signed with the Angels. Clayton Kershaw re-upped with the Dodgers on a one-year deal, same as he did last year. Expect that to continue as long as he is productive and wants to play. Despite rumors during the season about the Rangers, I really can’t see him not in Dodger blue. (I will grant that his being from Texas and being friends with the Rangers’ GM did make said rumors seem plausible.) There’s still finding out whether they can re-sign Trea Turner or with whom they can replace him. I expect Craig Kimbrel won’t be invited back. Likewise to not receive offers from the Dodgers will be Joey Gallo, David Price, and Andrew Heaney. Justin Turner isn’t a sure thing; he can still hit, but is clearly declining with his defense. They’ve also already nontendered Cody Bellinger; of course the 2019 NL MVP has been nowhere near regular player quality, let alone a shadow of a MVP, since then.

The Dodgers have deep pockets, and will still have a lot of good players in 2023…but there will be more turnover in LA than on a lot of teams.

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