It was that kind of Monday in Los Angeles, on Day 42 of the Friedman administration.
And yet the team with the highest payroll in North American sports history has added these players since
Friedman understands that Dodgers fans do not want to hear about trusting the process. They want a World Series, that magical place visited by every other team in the
"Our mind-set is to do everything we can to put together the most talented and deepest roster that we can," Friedman said Monday. "How that shakes out will take time.
"I'm confident we'll be in the position, come opening day, that we feel really good about our collection of talent."
To this point, the talent brought in is relatively anonymous and low paid, but Friedman quietly has started to remedy the most glaring deficiency on last year's team: too many relievers getting paid too much money, with no choice other than to ride them out or let them go.
Peralta, 38, long has handled the seventh inning, but the Dodgers will not be restricted financially if he cannot, as they were this year when
Bolsinger and Liberatore are young and the Dodgers can shuffle them between the majors and minors based on how well they pitch — not stash them in the minors, as they did with Paco Rodriguez last season, because they didn't have the option to demote anyone else.
To the Dodgers, the only breaking news Monday on the Ramirez front was where he would land. The Dodgers extended him a qualifying offer and floated other short-term contract options, but he is a defensive liability at shortstop, and they did not consider him a viable option at third base, either. The Red Sox reportedly guaranteed him $88 million over four years to play left field, with designated hitter available if
The Dodgers do not have the DH option, and they certainly do not need another outfielder. In fact, the new outfield surplus in Boston could complicate the Dodgers' efforts to move one of their outfielders — why haggle with the Dodgers over splitting the contract of Matt Kemp ($107 million),
The Dodgers have one week to decide whether to offer catcher
If those names are not big enough to interest fans, the Dodgers have checked in on the top pitchers on the free-agent market:
These are confusing times. The Red Sox crowed about financial flexibility two years ago, when they dumped $250 million worth of Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and
Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is confused too, and understandably so. This is what he tweeted on Monday: "Sooo ... Who wants to turn DP's with me?"
In April and May, players and managers like to say, "It's early." In November, baseball executives say the same thing.