Here is my MLB 2019 Offseason Breakdown Blog. This time it is on the Los Angeles Dodgers and I will talk about who the Dodgers acquired and lost, their starting lineup and pitching rotation and my prediction for them this season. Let’s get into the blog.
Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Manny Machado signs a 10 year $300 million contract with the Padres
The Dodgers traded for Machado last season and it did work out for them. They were able to make it to the World Series but did lose in the end. Now I don’t think anyone thought Machado was going to resign with the Dodgers, but then again no one thought he was going to sign with the Padres.
A.J. Pollock signs a 5 year $60 million contract
This is a very good signing for the Dodgers in my opinion. Pollock is a former All-Star and will be entering into his 8th season this year. Now Pollock hasn’t been playing his best the past few seasons, but a new team and new location could change everything. I expect him to get his numbers up this season and he could be a potential All-Star this season.
Dodgers trade Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, and Kyle Farmer to the reds for Homer Bailey and 2 top 30 team prospects
The Dodgers did really good on this trade as they were able to shed salary with this trade, not to mention the fact that they got good prospects for the team. Also, Homer Bailey will not be a problem as he was released one day after the trade.
Joe Kelly signs a 3 year $25 million contract
Good signing for the Dodgers as they get a good bullpen pitcher. Kelly was a little inconsistent last season, but it was the playoffs where he got his money when he had a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched.
C: Austin Barnes
1B: Max Muncy
2B: Enrique Hernandez
3B: Justin Turner
SS: Corey Seager
LF: Joc Pederson
CF: A.J. Pollock
RF: Cody Bellinger
1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Walker Buehler
3. Hyun-Jin Ryu
4. Rich Hill
5. Kenta Maeda
Offseason Grade: B+
The Dodgers are still the same ole boring team that they were last year, and I don’t say that trying to be mean or anything it’s just they had two chances at the World Series and lost both of them. I would like to see someone different in the World Series this time and that’s what’s going to happen. The Dodgers are going to finish 1st in the NL West and make it all the way to the NLCS, but lose.
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