Dodgers Quick Hits: Zaidi, LeMahieu, Coaching, Trade
By Jacob Rudner
In what has become an unnerving trend, the Dodgers coaching and front office staff has been dropping like flies. The Dodgers now find themselves in a position where they will be filling the front office as much as they are the roster.
The most recent casualty to what has been widely regarded as one of the best staffs in baseball is general manager, Farhan Zaidi. Zaidi, the GM of the Dodgers since 2014 has been a key cog to the success of this franchise and his absence could be felt greatly next season. Zaidi’s decision to leave came after the San Francisco Giants offered him a contract to be the next President of Baseball Operations. As for replacing Zaidi, it is still very unclear who the candidates may be to fill this role. Chaim Bloom, the top choice for many people will not be the one to get the job as he will be staying in Tampa Bay according to Ken Rosenthal. The Dodgers will have to continue to search for that next person.
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- Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reported on Tuesday that the Dodgers expressed early interest in former Rockies’ second baseman, DJ LeMahieu. The Dodgers are looking for a second baseman to put an end to the platooning days and fill that spot with someone that can play there every day. LeMahieu, 30, seems to just be another option that would continue the Dodgers problematic habit of signing an older player with declining offensive numbers. While his defense is the best in the Majors, DJ LeMahieu would be the wrong move for this Dodger team and you can read about that here.
- As was mentioned earlier, the Dodgers coaching staff has been picked apart to start the offseason, leaving Andrew Friedman in a very tough place. On Tuesday, November 7th in addition to Farhan Zaidi, beloved hitting coach, Turner Ward left the team to assume the same position with the Cincinnati Reds. Ward has been the Dodgers’ hitting coach for the last three seasons and in that stretch, the Dodgers have been one of the best batting teams in the majors. Losing Ward will be a big blow and the Dodgers will need to replace him, Zaidi and third base coach Chris Woodward.
- The Dodgers have holes to fill beyond the front office believe it or not and one of the holes they have is at second base. While they will look at free agents, the Dodgers could benefit from looking at the trade market with a few teams looking to rebuild. The Mariners may be abandoning ship for a full-blown rebuild which would make Jean Segura available. Along with Segura, Whit Merrifield of the Royals would be a nice move. The Dodgers could also look to fill holes in their bullpen by making trades with the Indians, who recently announced that they too are considering a rebuild.