5. Dave Roberts is the new manager. Now what?
After parting ways with Don Mattingly soon after their NLDS elimination at the hands of the New York Mets, Friedman and the front office led an extensive search for his successor that resulted in the hiring of former Dodger outfielder Dave Roberts. The hiring of Roberts, which was wildly praised by pretty much everyone in baseball (well, almost everyone), takes care of the most pressing issue facing the franchise. Now, the Dodgers just have to fill out a brand new coaching staff behind him, and it’s already a given that many major roles will have to be replaced.
Only pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is a lock to return in 2016, having signed a contract extension weeks before Roberts was even hired. That comes as no surprise since Honeycutt, who has already served under three different Dodger managers since first taking the job in 2006, is highly regarded within the franchise and is a favorite of both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Many other former members of Mattingly’s staff, including both base coaches, hitting coach Mark McGwire, and bench coach Tim Wallach, have left for other coaching jobs around baseball. As of this writing, none of those coaches have been replaced.
The hard part about building a coaching staff this late in the offseason is that most other would-be candidates have already taken positions with other teams. Therefore, it seems entirely plausible that much of Roberts’ new staff will be comprised of in-house promotions. Of course, given the deep pockets of the Dodgers’ ownership group, it’s still possible they could hire coaches away from other MLB teams as well.