GLENDALE, Ariz. -- MLB Network will turn its focus to the Dodgers today, as its "30 Clubs in 30 Days" series shifts to Camelback Ranch. The Dodgers will be featured as part of the 4 p.m. PT MLB Tonight broadcast.
Brian Kenny, Billy Ripken and former Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd will be in studio at MLB Network talking Dodgers, with Dan Plesac on site here in Arizona.
Last year we spoke with Plesac regarding the Dodgers, and this year O'Dowd was kind enough to take some time beforehand to talk about his former division rival.
O'Dowd said three of the biggest story lines for new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman were to establish an identity, to get younger, and gain payroll flexibility.
O'Dowd likes the improved defense, especially up the middle with Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Joc Pederson.
"They worked real hard to get more athletic," O'Dowd said.
Another thing O'Dowd noted was the roster depth accumulated by the new front office in their first offseason.
"Andrew's model in Tampa was fascinating," O'Dowd said. "He never seemed to have a lot of players below zero WAR, with most at least average."
That jibes with what ZiPS projections noted for the Dodgers this year, with 10 position players projected, if given enough playing time, for at least 2 WAR, more players than any other team.
O'Dowd also liked the bullpen additions made by the Dodgers, from Chris Hatcher and Joel Peralta to the many experienced non-roster invitees with a chance to make the division.
"I don't think anybody has enough depth in the bullpen. The attrition rate is astronomical," O'Dowd said. "Andrew knows you never have enough bullpen guys."
"They are the cream of the crop," he said.
MLB Tonight will be replayed overnight at midnight and 2 a.m. PT as well.