By Nicholas Logan
The offseason in baseball is a perfect time for teams to change their roster or even the management. This offseason the Los Angeles Dodgers went out and did both. It started when they fired general manager Ned Colleti and brought in Farhan Zaidi to replace him. The Dodgers also hired Andrew Friedman to be the new president of the team. Both of these guys have received heat in the last few days for trading away all-star players.
Once the Dodgers lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez in free agency to the Boston Red Sox, many fans were upset that the Dodgers front office did not give Ramirez more money. Having a player decide what team he signs with in the offseason is something teams really have no control over, but teams to have control over what players get traded away.
The Dodgers started the set-up of their new roster when they received shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for two prospects to fill the whole of Ramirez at the shortstop position. This move did not upset most fans because it was understandable. What upset the fans is when all-star second baseman Dee Gordon and all-star outfielder Matt Kemp were traded for prospects.
Dee Gordon, who led the Major League Baseball (MLB) last season, went to the Miami Marlins with pitcher Dan Haren, and shortstop Miguel Rojas for top prospect pitcher Andrew Heaney, catcher Austin Barnes, and utility man Enrique Hernandez. The Dodgers then turned around and traded Heaney for veteran second baseman Howie Kendrick to fill the spot of Gordon. Dee Gordon will play in his home state and hopes he can continue to put up all-star numbers.
Matt Kemp was next to go for the Dodgers. Kemp was traded to along with catcher Tim Federowicz and a reported $30 million to the San Diego Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland, and pitching prospect Zach Eflin. This trade upset many fans because the Dodgers lost Dee Gordon and now Kemp who had a great comeback season in 2014.
Many fans think the Dodgers will not have another good season next year by losing these two players. I on the other think this move is good for the Dodgers and I am happy with what the new front office is doing. The Dodgers went to the National League Championship Series in 2013 without Kemp and Gordon in the lineup. Both players were injured and unable to play and the Dodgers made it father in 2013 than in 2014 when they had Kemp and Gordon in the lineup.
The Dodgers still have players like MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, pitcher Zach Greinke, MLB runs batted in (RBI) leader Adrian Gonzalez, and all-star outfielder Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers now have money that they can put to free agents such as James Shields and Max Sherzer. They also have new prospects that can make the Dodgers’ minor league system is stronger. Dodgers can also use the new prospects they got to go after ace pitcher Cole Hamels from the Phillies. I am excited with the changes the Dodgers have made and I am glad they are not only concentrating on winning now but also in the future.