Look at all those moving pieces. Excuse me, those reportedly moving pieces. Are you keeping up?
Staying on top of this doesn’t figure to be easy, because despite Wednesday’s apparent flurry of Dodgers’ activity at the winter meetings, it’s hard to imagine this is the end of it.
According to multiple reports, the Dodgers have picked up Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins for a pair of minor league pitchers. Having found their one-year bridge to ballyhooed prospect Corey Seager, they then traded All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon to the Marlins.
Now they need a second baseman. Included in the Gordon deal was starting pitcher Dan Haren, which smells a lot like a player dump. Haren has said he would retire if traded out of Los Angeles, which apparently both sides are counting on.
So the Dodgers are done with Haren, maybe the $10 million he was owed next season and now apparently need two starting pitchers. None of this is official yet, so more pieces figure to fall. I mean, they have to, don’t they?
Because right now the Dodgers are down a second baseman, another starting pitcher and still have at least one too many outfielders.
All this for a team that won 94 games last year. Guess Andrew Friedman, the team's president of baseball operations, figured it needed more than just tweaking.
Right now absolutely anything seems possible, which is pretty wild considering Friedman said he didn’t really expect to do anything at the winter meetings heading into San Diego. Or that General Manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday, despite reports, Gordon was the Dodgers’ second baseman and they were not dangling him to other clubs.
As night fell in San Diego, there was still no news conference, still no official word on any of this, still no total sense to make of it.
For Gordon and Haren, the Dodgers are reportedly going to get reliever Chris Hatcher (30 in January), 23-year-old utility man Enrique Hernandez, minor league utility man Austin Barnes and 23-year-old left-hander Andrew Heaney.
Heaney was the ninth overall draft pick in 2012 and made it to the majors last season, though he struggled (0-3, 5.83 earned-run average, 1.33 WHIP) in seven games. Still, in theory, he could replace Haren in the rotation and return the Dodgers back to needing one starter.
Say this for Friedman, he did not arrive gun-shy.
He has clearly formulated his plan, though it’s impossible to judge it all until it’s done and all official and everything. But it is quickly becoming his team. The Dodgers will have a new second baseman, shortstop, two new starting pitchers, maybe four new relievers, and by the time the smoke finally clears, a new catcher and outfielder.
For a team that won its division the last two seasons and seriously expects to win the World Series every year. And has all these pieces moving.