The Los Angeles Dodgers’ off-season has not been going according to plan.
First, they were unable to re-sign Zack Greinke after he opted out of his contract. Rather than stay in L.A., Greinke head east to Phoenix lured by a contract north of $200 million.
Second, their acquisition of Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman hit a snag when it was revealed he had been involved in a domestic incident with his girlfriend and had allegedly used a firearm.
Now, the team has backed away from its signing of free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma after the Japanese pitcher failed a physical. Iwakuma has since re-signed with the Seattle Mariners.
But sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make. Especially in the Chapman trade. As I argued at the time, the Dodgers already have an outstanding closer in Kenley Jansen.
While it’s true the Dodgers have a big void to fill in the starting rotation after Clayton Kershaw, the team is not without options. Even though Greinke is with the D’Backs and the San Francisco Giants have added Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, I am still inclined to favor the Dodgers to prevail in the NL West and beyond.