All offseason, people around baseball have been talking about the winter of Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani was the biggest free agent in the history of the sport, but in reality, this may be the winter of Andrew Friedman.
The Dodgers‘ president of baseball operations has put together arguably the best offseason of all time. Landing Ohtani, Tyler Glasnow and Yoshinobu Yamamoto make the Dodgers into a legitimate superteam that we haven’t seen before.
This was never the winter of Shohei Ohtani.
This was always the winter of Andrew Friedman. pic.twitter.com/ADuDcyVUNX
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 14, 2023
But it looks like L.A. isn’t done just yet either. MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that the team is still looking to add another starting pitcher and possibly upgrade at the shortstop position.
“The Dodgers’ luxury tax payroll, according to Fangraphs, stands at about $282 million, or about $15 million below the highest threshold. The team still could trade for another starting pitcher to go with Yamamoto, Glasnow, Walker Buehler and Bobby Miller. They also might attempt to upgrade at shortstop.”
Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic
L.A. still needs one more starter to fully round the rotation out, preferably someone who can eat innings for them. This could come in the form of a Lucas Giolito, but they also have a need for a left-hander.
The rotation is dominated by right-handed pitchers, so the Dodgers may look to add a lefty to the mix.
Even by trading for Glasnow, the Dodgers didn’t give up too many prospects. They still have a loaded farm system that they can use in different trades to upgrade their bullpen, or even bring in more talent for depth purposes.
L.A. has plenty of options to choose from, and they don’t seem to be sitting on their hands. The front office is being very active, and it has resulted in the Dodgers putting themselves at the top of the list for the favorites to win the World Series next season.