Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Off Season Plans: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers were a team that had a real shot at winning a world series last year. The timely hitting of Yasiel Puig and company vaulted them into the playoffs. The real question is if this was a one year wonder team or are they set up for long term success? The one thing that the team did lack as they made their way in to the playoffs was starting pitching. They seem to be addressing that by pursuing Dan Haren. Haren is not a number 2 or even 3 at this stage in his career, but what he does offer is innings and a veteran presence. It will be interesting to see if they go after more similar pitching options.

The big question of the off season is which outfielder will they trade? There have already been reports that Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Puig could be traded. My guess is that Ethier will be the odd man out. I see no reason to trade Puig and Kemp is younger that Ethier with a higher career batting average. Once again we will see what happens as the winter meeting approach. I'm sure there will be plenty of rumors until that time.

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