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.
But he’ll go down as Friedman’s first trade with the Dodgers, same as infielder Ryan Jackson was the first player he added after claiming him on waivers from the Padres.
His addition puts the Dodgers’ 40-man roster at 37.