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The saga of the Dodgers sale has overshadowed the offseason, and has meant that the team is hamstrung for transactions. They could have chased Prince Fielder, which would have removed the sour taste from the mouths of the fans, but it’s hard to commit $200 million without owners in place to sign off on it. The Dodgers represent a huge fan base, although the cross-town Angels are now receiving most of the kudos, thanks to their stellar offseason. The Dodgers have been valued over $1 billion, which is quite something when you think about it—more than any European soccer team, a sport that has far more fans worldwide. The Dodgers kept Matt Kemp, but can they resign Andre Ethier, and does it make sense when the whole team is shaky, to commit so much to two or three players? It’s up to the new owners, but they’ll need to give fans something to cheer for.
Strength: Kemp and Ethier are the big two, and Clayton Kershaw is a genuine star at the top of the rotation, and the rest of the pitchers are decent, if not frightening.
Weakness: James Loney has promise, but has to prove that his bat can sustain the team, for in the NL you can’t give up your 1B slot to an underperforming hitter. Same goes for light-hitting Juan Uribe, who must come back with a big year at the plate.
Manager: Don Mattingly
Projected Rotation: Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano