The MLB’s winter meetings are the time of year when everything old is renewed again. Ball clubs that were in contention last season are looking toward players past their prime to provide temporary fixes while their team’s prospects need a little more time down on the farm.
The Dodgers acquisition of veteran infielders Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick give the boys in blue better defense, and decent bats, as Los Angeles looks to bounce back after their aborted playoff run. Ramirez and Gordon’s gloves just weren’t doing the job, so in the new court of Dodger law, defense overrules offense.
Andrew Friedman, the John Nash of baseball economics transplant from Tampa Bay, has also saved his new bosses some serious cash by replacing the resurging, but often injured Matt Kemp, with the unproven rookie sensation, Joc Pederson. Diehard Dodger fans have voiced their displeasure over the loss of their star player, but his poor fielding overshadows his prolific hitting; at least, that’s what this front office of sabermetricians say.
The addition of Brandon McCarthy for four years at 48 mil, on paper, seems to be a vast improvement over the unreliable arm of Dan Haren, but he also has had issues with injuries, so hopefully a healthy McCarthy will round out their already strong pitching rotation. It’s relief the Dodgers are in desperate need of, which you can bet your new, and hopefully improved, front office dollars, Friedman will surely address by the July deadline.
A.J. Ellis may be Kershaw’s right hand man, but his batting average of .191 through 93 games last season was dangerously close to the Mendoza line, so the addition of Yasmani Grandal and his 24 home runs was a very grand decision. Not to mention his phenomenal pitch framing abilities that will certainly be a big factor come 2015.
So with loyalty and sentimentality removed from the Dodgers dictionary, it remains to be seen if Andrew Friedman, the new president of baseball operations, has a beautiful baseball mind for the team that plays at Chavez Ravine.