The Los Angeles Dodgers had a payroll that exceeded $300 million dollars in 2015, and to say the expectations were high is a complete understatement. With two pitchers the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke heading your rotation and a slew of highly-priced hitters, the sky was supposedly the limit.
The Dodgers cruised to a National League Western Division Title, but once again in crunch time they failed to succeed. The offense seemed hard pressed to manufacture runs when it counted, and ultimately manager Don Mattingly was made a scapegoat for the team’s efforts.
Brand new general manager Farhan Zaidi and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, surely wanted a manager that was hand-picked by them. Mattingly was a holdover from the last regime of Dodgers management. Mattingly was successful as a manager and had an easy time finding work, as the Miami Marlins hired him almost immediately. The Dodgers are still currently holding interviews and it is said to be down to Bud Black, Dave Roberts or Gabe Kapler for the job. Who really knows if that the truth, but a new manager is expected to be hired and named with the next few weeks at the very latest.
A new manager will have his input on what to do with this roster. There are many questions to be answered. Zack Greinke opted out of his contract and is still a free agent. The Dodgers outfield is still overcrowded and needs to be trimmed down. Will Yasiel Puig ever show the promise he once showed or is he just a flash in the pan? There are many question regarding this team, but the Dodgers have what almost no other team has — the ability to buy their way out of any roster issue. The Dodger payroll is supposed to be at a limit at some point, but those around Major League Baseball have yet to see it.
Let us explore whom the Dodgers can add to their team to take them over the playoff hump.