I frequently hear this:
- “This is the same Dodger Team as Last Year.”
- “The Dodgers are standing pat.”
I guess some people think that if they say it enough, it will become true. If that’s the case, keep repeating over-and-over that you are Brad Pitt. Poof, it will happen!
READ THIS SLOWLY: This is not the SAME team as last year. Is it better? I don’t know…. MAYBE. Maybe not, but it’s not the same team. Let’s go over this:
Gone from last year’s edition of the Dodgers are Chase Utley, Andre Ethier (he did not play a big role, but he was on the playoff roster), Brandon Morrow, Brandon McCarthy, Adrian Gonzalez, Tony Watson, Luis Avilan, Grant Dayton, Josh Ravin, Charlie Culberson, Franklin Gutierrez, Scott Van Slyke, Chris Hatcher, Sergio Romo, Fabio Castillo, Yu Darvish (probably gone) and Curtis Granderson. I can’t count Scott Kazmir because he never played.
That’s at least 17 players who were on the roster for at least a time last year, who are now gone! It’s not the same team. Of course it could be even more different if the Dodgers make a trade or sign a free agent. Added to the 2018 Dodgers could be the following players:
- Andrew Toles – He was on the roster for a minute, but spent the year on the DL. He’s Backkkkkk!
- Matt Kemp – Yeah, he might make it.
- Scott Alexander
- Dylan Baker
- Tony Cingrani – For the full season
- Yimi Garcia
- Tom Koehler
- Henry Owens
- Dennis Santana (maybe)
- Julio Urias – Missed most of the season
- Jake Peter
Add in the fact that Walker Buehler could be on the team, for real and with subtraction and addition, this is certainly not the same team. At question is whether it is a better team? Maybe FAZ is done – maybe they aren’t, but I can’t say the team is better anymore than I can say the team is worse. I can say it is different and maybe it is better. That’s why they play the games.
I will say this: The 2018 Version of the LA Dodgers has the potential to be better!