Dodgers fans are still riding the high from winning the 2020 World Series but we all know that 2021 is right around the corner and there is work to do. And with players like Justin Turner, Blake Treinen, and Joc Pederson entering free agency, there are still some tough calls to come for the club.
In a recent interview with John Hartung of Access Sportsnet, Dodgers President of Baseball Operations and MLB Executive of the Year, Andrew Friedman, shared a bit of insight on what his winter plans might look like.
Right now it’s kinda wrapping our arms around the offseason to-do list and fortunately we feel really good about the guys that we have on our roster right now. That being said there are some really talented players that are coming off our roster and are free agents right now, so its kinda that balance of figuring out ultimately what we want the 2021 team to look like and kinda balancing that on the trade front and on the free-agent market and just figuring out what puts us in the best position.
As already mentioned, Turner, Treinen, and Pederson are out on the open market. Additionally, long-time bullpen stalwart Pedro Baez is a free agent along with 2020 diamond in the rough Jake McGee. So the bullpen will certainly need to be addressed.
Going from that high of winning it all only to have to get right back to work building for another title run has to be daunting. Thankfully, it’s a challenge Friedman is up to.
I think what’s awesome was going through this and winning it all but, days after, just the text threads with coaches and various front office, the mindset was “let’s be pigs”, let’s do everything we can to go out next year and do it again. And so we switched gears pretty quickly and hopefully we’ll get a chance to really blow off some steam and celebrate the 2020 season. But right now, we’re kinda all focused towards doing all we can to put the best team together for 2021.
The Dodgers won the offseason last winter with the acquisition of Mookie Betts. You gotta wonder what could be in store this time around.