Despite seven-straight NL West titles and two World Series tries, the Dodgers front office has made plenty of mistakes over the last decade.
That has meant a long track record of successful trades and signings for the front offices of Ned Colletti and Andrew Friedman, even if neither could bring a parade to LA.
From deadline acquisitions like Yu Darvish and Manny Machado to salary-dump deals that brought Adrian Gonzalez back to the West Coast, the Dodgers have made plenty of notable moves over the last decade. Headliners like Manny Ramirez and Hanley Ramirez found homes in LA for the early part of the decade, while homegrown stars like Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon found themselves being shipped off during the middle part of the decade.
These marquee names were largely out-of-towners who came in to try and help supplement the prospects that had graduated up to the big league level, like Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen early in the decade, and Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, and Walker Buehler over the last four seasons.
Big names and high-profile prospects aren’t all that’s helped the Dodgers rise to the top of the NL West though. Rehabilitation projects and fresh starts for players like Justin Turner, Brandon Morrow, and plenty more.
But even with all of the success and bargain-bin acquisitions, the decade has seen plenty of front office gaffs and blunders (though none could rival the 2008 season of Andruw Jones). For every Chris Taylor or Max Muncy, there have been plenty of notable mistakes, often with large price tags attached.
In this article, I’ll give a brief run-through of all of the notable Dodgers busts (not including minor league prospects), going around the diamond by dividing things up into the infield, the outfield, and the pitching staff. The divisions are meant to help organize things, and also to demonstrate just how many mistakes the front office has made.
Let’s get into it.