Ya think Dave Roberts is happy? You’re damn right he’s happy. Why? Because he has the team he wants in place, that’s why.
More importantly, to the extent that reinforcements may be required during the 2017 championship season, Doc’s confident that Andrew Friedman and company will go out and get them.
Dave Roberts. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images).
Prediction: This is the year the Dodgers front office pulls out all the stops. Not 2018, not 2019. This year. 2017. Friedman goes for it, during the season, with a trade (or trades) to get his club over the hump.
L.A.’s president of baseball operations has been careful with the family jewels; careful to a fault some might say. Friedman did part with three from his treasure chest last summer — Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas and Grant Holmes — which netted him Rich Hill and the since-departed Josh Reddick, and Cotton paid immediate dividends for Oakland (2-0, 2.15 ERA, 0.818 WHIP in five starts), but he’s remained steadfast with the tippy top best.
Before “settling” on new second baseman Logan Forsythe, Friedman balked at the Twins asking price, reported to be Jose De Leon, Willie Calhoun and Yadier Alvarez. Alvarez impressed at two levels at age 20 in 2016 (2.12 with 81 strikeouts in 59 innings) and is coveted around the league.
So are Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo, Yusniel Diaz, Walker Buehler and a bunch of others, some of whom may be used as chips down the line. In fact, count on it if the Dodgers are a player away in July or August. Only Bellinger and Alvarez are untouchable.
Not to be forgotten, of course, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Julio Urias are mainstays. Because, apparently, resistance is not futile.
And, oh by the way, L.A.’s front office gets an ‘A’ grade for the winter’s work.