The Los Angeles Dodgers begin the 2016 season late Monday afternoon against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. With that, it puts the an end to an interesting offseason for the three-time defending National League West champions.
Soon after getting defeated by the New York Mets in five games of the 2015 NL Division Series, the Dodgers and former manager Don Mattingly mutually agreed to part ways. That paved the way for Dave Roberts to become the first minority manager in Dodgers franchise history.
Roberts inherited a team that returns much of the nucleus from the previous three seasons, though there was certainly a significant change as Zack Greinke bolted for the Arizona Diamondbacks on a six-year, $2065. million contract.
Los Angeles did re-sign Brett Anderson, Howie Kendrick and Chase Utley, added Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda to round out the rotation, and avoided arbitration with several key contributors.
Injuries during Spring Training have robbed the Dodgers of some expected starters for the time being, and played a role in six newcomers to the organization making the 2016 Opening Day roster.
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