Update on that Andrew Friedman checklist: First player added (check), first trade (check), first impact deal … hey, it’s the middle of November. Possibly you just might want to give him a tad more time.
He did make a deal Monday night, completing his first trade as the Dodgers’ new president of baseball operations, picking up infielder/outfielder Kyle Jensen from the Miami Marlins for a player to be named later or cash.
The Dodgers may have spent big to make over their front office this off-season, but they’re going the slow route on player addition.
Your first legitimate question is naturally: Who the hell is Kyle Jensen?
Because chances that you’ve ever heard of him are less remote than the Lakers reaching .500 this season.
Jensen is 26, 6-3 and 250, has never appeared at the major-league level, looks like Tim Belcher in his mug shot and has demonstrated some impressive power and ability to whiff.
Last season with the Marlins’ triple-A New Orleans club he hit .260 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI and struck out 147 times in 497 at-bats. He also cost the Dodgers zippo, so maybe he turns into the next Scott Van Slyke and maybe you never hear from him again.
His addition puts the Dodgers’ 40-man roster at 37.