The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t made any huge splashes this offseason, but the moves they have made have done nothing but help their cause for 2014.
The Dodgers have cut ties with aging veterans such as Chris Capuano and Mark Ellis. Los Angeles re-signed relief pitcher Brian Wilson which now gives the Dodgers a solid set-up/closer combination of Wilson and Kenley Jansen. The trade talks have come to an end involving center fielder Matt Kemp, and the Dodgers have decided to keep Kemp on the team which was the right choice in the long run. Los Angeles finally has a starting third baseman for 2014 after they came to an agreement with Juan Uribe on a two-year deal. Finally, re-signing left hander J.P. Howell just continues the solid offseason moves the Dodgers have been making.
Paco Rodriguez was the left hander used the most in late-game situations for the Dodgers during the 2013 regular season, but once the postseason came around Paco fell apart. Whether it was too much pressure for the young man to handle or what, Rodriguez struggled in his very brief postseason appearances. This was when Howell proved his true value in Los Angeles.
J.P. had a solid regular season, but the fact he was able to step up in the postseason was huge. Howell hasn’t always been a dominant lefty during his career, but his veteran leadership is another quality he will bring to the Dodgers’ bullpen. When it comes to the need of a solid lefty, the combo of Howell and Paco give the Dodgers a huge advantage over opposing teams.
These moves the Dodgers have made may not seem big to many, but they are the exact moves Los Angeles needed to make. A big splash isn’t necessarily the only way to improve a team, and the Dodgers are proving that this offseason.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org