The Dodgers have been the best regular season team in all of baseball for the better part of a decade. They have won the NL West for 7 straight years and made it to the World Series twice during that time, losing to the Astros and Red Sox respectively.
The Dodgers obviously have a roster that is talented enough to win a World Series, but they continue to under-perform in the postseason every year. So what’s next?
The Dodgers have 2 starting pitchers going into free agency this year, those Being Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they were to re-sign both of those men, they could easily just run it back with almost the exact same roster and coaching staff that they had this year. That’s not how baseball works, though.
Realistically, the main thing the Dodgers need to do is fire their manager David Roberts and look to bring in Joe Maddon as their new manager. It’s obvious that Roberts is not able to manage a team to a World Series win, while Joe Maddon was able to do it back in 2016, beating the Dodgers in the NLCS in order to make it to the Series in the first place.
Another very drastic move that you can argue for is to bite the bullet and trade Clayton Kershaw while he still has high value. He has consistently under-performed in the postseason throughout his career and his stats prove that. His career playoff ERA is 4.43, almost exactly 2 points higher than his regular season average of 2.44. Even with that stat, you can still get a good group of players in return for Kershaw. Just this season, we saw Trevor Bauer get traded, and the Indians got 5 players in return, and Bauer hasn’t won a Cy Young award in his career, while Kershaw has 3.
If the Dodgers were to do this, they need to either go after a star 1st baseman, 2nd baseman, or outfielder. Players that they could target are DJ Lemahieu, Mookie Betts, and Whit Merrifield. While those options are not the most realistic, they are interesting to say the least.
The most realistic and the most plausible scenario out of those 3 is a 1-for-1 deal sending Kershaw to New York for Lemahieu. The Yankees are in desperate need of starting pitching and have the depth in the infield to send DJ to LA in order to get a former Cy Young Award winner to bolster their rotation.
Any other holes in their lineup they can fill with mid-to-lower tier free agents, such as Kipnis, Gennett, Hamilton, Schoop, or Asdrubal Cabrera.
The Dodgers have the talent on their roster to be a dynasty in the MLB, and a legendary one too. They have all-star or all-star caliber position players in Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Justin Turner, and Joc Pederson. They also have a great rotation in Kershaw, Ryu, Kenta Maeda, and Walker Buehler. They can’t run it back with the same exact team next year, though. Something needs to change, and the Dodgers need to be willing to make those changes if they want to have a chance at winning the World Series any time in the near future.