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Dodgers believe they've upgraded, but will that make grade with fans?
Dodgers believe they've upgraded, but will that make grade with fans?

The Dodgers can no longer wait for Matt Kemp to rescue them with a home run. In the wake of a frenzied 24-hour period during which they traded the 2011 MVP runner-up to the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers returned from baseball's winter meetings with a new look. In addition to Kemp, they unloaded second baseman Dee Gordon and pitcher Dan Haren. They picked up shortstop Jimmy Rollins, second baseman Howie Kendrick, catcher Yasmani Grandal and, very likely, pitcher Brandon McCarthy. But are they better? Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations, won't comment on the ramifications of Kemp's departure until the deal with the Padres is finalized....

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