Major League Off Season Report Card (Dodgers)

Moves so far

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo Credit Wikipedia)

  • Signed SP Dan Haren to one-year deal worth $10 million
  • Re-signed RP Brian Wilson to a one-year deal
  • Resigned 3B Juan Uribe to a two-year, $15 million deal
  • Re-signed RP J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11.25 million deal
  • Signed RP Jamey Wright to a one-year, $1.8 million deal
  • Signed International Prospect , 2B Alex Guerrero, to four-year, $28 Million deal
  • Signed RP Chris Perez signed a one-year deal

Rumor Mill

  • Among favorites to land Japanese SP prospect Masahiro Tanaka
  • Don’t plan on moving an outfielder at this time

Whatever grade the Dodgers get here may change very soon, as they are among the favorites to land Tanaka, the hottest international prospect this offseason. The Dodgers already have a stacked rotation. Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren, Josh Beckett, and Chad Billingsley were already on the roster. If they can land Tanaka, they would easily have the best rotation on paper. They seem determined to land him, with GM Ned Colleti saying “we won’t be outbid.”

They haven’t put all their eggs in the Tanaka basket though. Even without him, they have had a solid off season. Haren is solid as a 5th starter, and they managed to solidify their bullpen. Re-signing Brian Wilson and bringing in Chris Perez, two pitchers who could be closers on other teams, were great moves. They also resigned Howell, and brought in Wright, two solid middle relievers.

They didn’t make many changes on the offensive side. They brought back Juan Uribe after a surprisingly solid season. They also grabbed another international prospect, this time the cuban Guerrero, a second basemen. A.J. Ellis was awful last year, and the Dodgers needed to find a replacement. The Dodgers have had luck with Cuban prospects in the past, so they will try again with Guerrero. They didn’t make any other moves, but besides for catcher there weren’t many places they could have improved. With a very crowded outfield, and first and shortstop occupied, the Dodgers lineup is already very good on paper.

Coming into the season the Dodgers were already paper champions. With a lineup and rotation like this, there aren’t many ways to improve, they just need to execute. The Dodgers still managed to improve in small ways though, and have a chance to go big on Tanaka.

Since money is clearly not a concern for the Dodgers, it’s hard to fault them for overspending. They may get burned if they sign Tanaka, but it doesn’t look like they care. They have a lot of money and they want to spend every penny.

Dodgers get a B+ for now, an A+ if they land Tanaka. The Paper Champs don’t always win though, just ask the red Sox two years ago, the Blue jays, and the Marlins two years ago.

If the Dodgers make any moves, an update will be posted.

Next up is the AL West.

 

 

 

 

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