The Dodgers return all their starting position players, as well as their top three starters (we’re not counting Darvish) and their closer from 2017.
They won a Major League-best 104 games last year, seven games better than any other National League team.
Offensively, the Dodgers were tied for sixth in the Majors in on-base percentage (.334), tied for seventh in slugging (.437), and were 8th overall in on-base plus slugging (.771).
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The Dodgers reached base via walk 649 times in 2017, far and away the best mark in baseball.
On the pitching side, L.A. had the second lowest ERA (3.38), the lowest WHIP (1.155), allowed the fewest hits (1,226), the second fewest runs (580), the second fewest walks (442), had the third most saves (51), and struck out the fifth most batters (1,559) in the Majors.
Defensively, the Dodgers were above Major League average across the board.
So, with all that talent returning – Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, Yasiel Puig, Logan Forsythe, Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Yasmani Grandal, Austin Barnes, Kenley Jansen – as well as rookies Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo and the injured Urias all eventually joining the mix, the Dodgers are loaded for bear in 2018.
So, while it may not be the sexiest thing, not making another trade or not signing another free agent aren’t bad things for the Dodgers between now and Spring Training.
In fact, it’s probably the wisest course to choose.