The Dodgers have been the biggest spenders throughout this offseason, adding to their elite roster by recently signing outfielder Teoscar Hernandez. The Dodgers have spent well over one billion dollars adding marquee free agents, but they might not be done just yet.
The Dodgers bullpen was one of the best in all of baseball, particularly in the second half, headlined by star relievers Brusdar Graterol and Evan Phillips. With the departures of Shelby Miller, Victor Gonzalez, and Bryan Hudson, the Dodgers might be interested in adding another high-quality reliever to fill in the back end of the bullpen.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today predicts that the Dodgers will sign All Star closer Josh Hader, who wrapped up his brief tenure with the San Diego Padres.
“If Hader is still on the market in a month, and they can grab him for less than the five-year contract in excess of $100 million he’s seeking, they’ll seize the opportunity and sign him, too. Yes, they are all-in, scaring the daylights out of everyone in baseball.”
The Dodgers have established a culture that is focused on the success of the team and the chemistry that the players share within the clubhouse. While the current members understand the mentality, there have been some players who preferred to care more about individual success rather than how the team is performing.
Max Muncy appeared on the Foul Territory podcast to discuss what it’s like to be a part of the Dodgers and how the players seemingly mesh every single year.
"People aren't focused on their numbers ... we've had some guys that kind of cared about themselves a little bit and they've been shipped out."@maxmuncy9 talks Dodgers clubhouse chemistry - in case you missed it, watch the full interview below— Foul Territory (@FoulTerritoryTV) January 6, 2024
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Having superstars like Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani, and Freddie Freeman at the top of the Dodgers’ lineup brings any opposing team a level of unease. These three MVP-caliber players aren’t the only thing that makes the 2024 Dodgers’ lineups a daunting task to get through.
Juan Toribio of MLB.com examines the Dodgers lineups against both right handed and left handed pitching, displaying the amount of depth the Dodgers have gained and which players will show the most versatility defensively.