The Los Angeles Dodgers were the talk of MLB with their 2012 blockbuster trades and offseason transactions. Here is a quick recap of the biggest deals GM Ned Colletti and the Dodgers organization made in the past year or so:
– July 25, 2012 – The Dodgers get star shortstop Hanley Ramirez in a trade essentially for end of the rotation pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.
– August 25, 2012 – Colletti makes a huge splash in acquiring Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford from the Boston Red Sox in a deal that sent over James Loney and several non-important players to Boston. The Dodgers also received utility player and huge asset Nick Punto in this deal.
– December 10, 2012 – The Dodgers signed Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to a six year, $36 million contract.
– December 12, 2012 – It only took two more days for the Boys in Blue to bolster their pitching staff even more with former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke.
Although the Dodgers paid a pretty penny for each of these stars’ contracts, none of them have been a disappointment since coming to Los Angeles. With all of these additions to an already solid ball club, the Dodgers were expected by many to be the best team in the National League and possibly even in all of baseball. The expectations were so high, sportingnews.com reported that Las Vegas had given the Dodgers the highest odds to win the 2013 World Series.
Then, the Dodgers started the season horribly and all of the critics came out. After sitting in last place in the NL West standings for quite some time, the Boys in Blue looked to be one of the biggest disappointments of the 2013 season. On June 22, 2013, the Dodgers sat 9.5 games behind the pace for the division lead and appeared dilapidated.
Somehow, the unthinkable happened and the Dodgers turned their season around. Currently sitting 7.5 games ahead in the NL West with one of the best records in baseball, the Blue Crew is one of the most feared teams in either league. The Dodgers have not lost a series (six sweeps, five wins, and four ties) since losing two games to one against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 21.
The Dodgers have finally risen to the lofty expectations that were placed on them before the season began. Only time will tell if Los Angeles can match those expectations, bringing home their seventh World Series championship and their first since 1988.