In addition to Maeda, the Dodgers added noteworthy international talent over the course of the offseason. From Cuba, high-profile prospects Yusniel Diaz and Yaisel Sierra will help solidify an already strong farm system that’s received praise from multiple national publications, including Baseball America and ESPN.
Los Angeles been connected to more big names, including Lazarito Armenteros, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Yulieski Gurriel, though it could take months for either of these players to sign with a Major League team.
Both the infield and outfield were provided with reinforcements this offseason, as the Dodgers brought back a few familiar faces while adding new players to the group as well.
Early on, the Dodgers re-signed veteran Chase Utley to a one-year contract as he figured to share a platoon role with Kiké Hernandez at second base.
That was until the Dodgers re-signed Howie Kendrick to a team-friendly two-year deal when other organizations were hesitant on giving up a draft pick to sign him.
Los Angeles also acquired two top prospects in infielder Micah Johnson and outfielder Trayce Thompson from the White Sox in the same trade that netted them Montas. Thompson is the son of former Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Mychal Thompson.
Both Johnson and Trayce Thompson will compete for a roster spot during Spring Training, but could very well open the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City, barring any future trades that may occur in the coming weeks.
Front Office Hires
The Dodgers didn’t only improve the team playing on the field — they also added to their star-studded front office.
Joining the likes of president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi and senior vice president of baseball Josh Byrnes is the reigning Sporting News Executive of the Year, Alex Anthopoulos, months after he guided the Toronto Blue Jays to their first playoff appearance in over 20 years.
Anthopoulos was hired by the Dodgers as vice president of baseball operations. Also added to the group was Hall of Famer and former Dodgers pitcher Greg Maddux and former All-Star Raul Ibanez, both of whom will with baseball operations.