The Los Angeles Dodgers recently solved their huge question at second-base but that does not mean they should sit back and relax. Their are still a couple of other things the team can do to improve their 2017 outlook.
In baseball, or in sports in general, there will always be places to improve because no team is perfect in every single area. This means that whenever a team tries to upgrade a certain position it does not always have to be the best player at that particular position. Front offices are always looking to make any kind of upgrades, even if it’s just a marginal one, as long as the price is right. This is why the Los Angeles Dodgers did not trade for Minnesota Twins second-baseman Brian Dozier.
As you know already, the Los Angeles Dodgers have solidified their offseason by trading away prized but expendable pitching prospect Jose De Leon to the Tampa Bay Rays for second-baseman Logan Forsythe. The Los Angeles Dodgers did not feel that the additional cost of valuable prospects for Dozier was worth the difference for a slightly less-talented player. Forsythe did not hit 42 home runs in 2016 like Dozier but did hit 20 while also playing better defense (according to most metrics). The Dodgers should apply this same strategy to fill out their roster.
Even after filling their most glaring holes, the Los Angeles Dodgers should not ignore the fact that there are some other question marks still surrounding the team. Even though the big splashes are the fun ones, teams can also make small improvements, via in-house options or under-the-radar players, to help solidify weaknesses and question marks.
Here are the three biggest ones for the Los Angeles Dodgers and how they should handle them: