1.) Los Angeles Dodgers
The picture pretty much sums up the Dodgers problems. The Arizona Diamondbacks shocked the baseball world, when they swooped in at the last second to sign former Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. This was a massive blow to a relatively thin Los Angeles pitching staff. Beyond Clayton Kershaw, there’s very little to get excited about. Alex Wood, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, and a recovering Brandon McCarthy round out the rest of the Dodgers rotation. Again, not exactly an exciting bunch.
Losing Greinke was only the beginning of LA’s problems.
It was reported earlier this week that the Dodgers had acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds. However, news later came out that the trade was on hold, due to a pending Domestic Violence investigation surrounding Chapman. Suddenly, a bleak offseason became even worse for the Dodgers.
In a pair of lone bright spots, the team did make a pair of signings.
Chase Utley re-signed to the tune of $7 million over one season. The 36-year-old provides Los Angeles with insurance, in the event that they fail to re-sign second baseman Howie Kendrick. This move is viewed as a stopgap, with Jose Peraza‘s pending arrival in the majors.
In addition to re-signing Utley, the team also announced the signing of free-agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. The Dodgers signed the 34-year-old Japanese starter, in the hopes of filling the gap left behind by losing Greinke. While Iwakuma is clearly no Zack Greinke, he’ll serve a solid #2 behind Kershaw.
Over the course of the offseason, the Dodgers have lost their controlling grip over the NL West. While they’ve been sitting by as spectators, Arizona has acquired Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, while the Giants have added Jeff Samardzija– and are rumored to be adding an outfielder, as well. With many names still on the market, the Dodgers are figured to be linked with practically everyone. We’re seeing something that is an unusual sight to us this year, a conservative Dodgers team. That may be good for the team financially, but if they have any aspirations of continuing their dominance out west, it’s about time that the “Big Boys” dig deep into their wallets.