The Los Angeles Dodgers endured a successful yet long year, which included making headlines in February with the signing of Trevor Bauer, and following that up with retaining Justin Turner. As for the season, the Dodgers tied a franchise record with 106 wins.
On the latest “DodgerHeads,” host Jeff Spiegel was joined by DodgerBlue.com managing editor Matthew Moreno and senior editor Daniel Starkand to reflect and analyze everything 2021 brought about for the Dodgers.
The trio additionally discussed whether or not the Dodgers misstepped in the offseason after winning the 2020 World Series.
Although re-signing Turner was imperative, and adding Bauer was expected to prove dividends on the field, losing key bench players Kiké Hernandez and Joc Pederson wound up proving costly. L.A. hoped the likes of Zach McKinstry and Edwin Rios would fill the void, but both suffered injuries.
Spiegel, Moreno and Starkand also reflected on the blockbuster trade the Dodgers completed to acquire Max Scherzer and Trea Turner at the deadline. Even with Scherzer having gone on to sign with the New York Mets, the “DodgerHeads” trio agreed the trade was necessary.
The 2021 discussion concluded with addressing whether or not the season should be considered a failure, the silver lining in eliminating the San Francisco Giants from the National League Division Series, and trivia.
2022 Dodgers outlook
In closing the book on this past season, the “DodgerHeads” trio also began to peek ahead to 2022. The Dodgers have question marks — namely with Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen — but do still figure to be a World Series contender.
One key the group agreed on is the future of Trea Turner, who is entering the final year of team control before becoming eligible for free agency.
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