After getting eliminated in the 2014 NLDS despite winning over 90 games, the Dodgers fired their longtime general manager Ned Colletti and rebuilt their front office into one focused on cutting-edge statistics headed up by new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Friedman went on to orchestrate one of the most active offseasons in franchise history, trading away fan favorites like Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon to acquire some much-needed depth. When the dust settled, half the starting lineup, the back end of the starting rotation, and the bullpen looked completely different.
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The massive roster overhaul resulted in… a 2015 NLDS loss despite winning over 90 games. Now, after what can best be described as a year in transition, the Dodgers head into winter with a new manager, sans coaching staff, some big pitching holes to fill, and a giant question mark in the form of Yasiel Puig. The championship aspirations remain, as does the massive payroll.
As we head into the biggest part of the offseason, here’s five burning questions that need to be answered by the Dodgers this winter.