Counter question: Does it even matter?! The Los Angeles Dodgers are arguably the best team in MLB despite various offseason departures following their disappointing postseason exit at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.
But, as you could’ve guessed, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman properly supplemented those losses with talent at least year’s trade deadline and in free agency, both before and after the lockout.
At 12-6, the Dodgers haven’t really missed a beat, but it’s worth tracking a lot of the formidable names that departed this past offseason, especially since many still reside in the National League! A lot of these guys will be directly competing with LA at some point or another, so fans should be aware of what’s to come as the year progresses.
In all likelihood, you know most of the guys who left, but there are a few who might’ve slipped under the radar since so much has happened after the lockout was lifted. We’re already almost in May! Insanity.
Would most of these guys helped the Dodgers in 2022? Sure. But they’ve moved on, and so have we. We’ll just be checking in from time to time to see what’s up.
Tracking how former Dodgers are performing during the 2022 season
4. The Not-So-Important: Steven Souza
Any guesses where outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is? Any clue even? He’s at Triple-A Tacoma after signing a minor-league contract with the Seattle Mariners.
Yup, a man who logged very important at-bats with the Dodgers last season both down the stretch and in the postseason doesn’t even have a job in MLB right now. And he’s hitting .200 with a .725 OPS across 13 games in the minors! How was this the best the Dodgers could do last year?
On that note, Souza was bad for LA in his 27 total games, hitting .222 in the regular season and .125 in October. No surprise the Dodgers let him walk.
Additionally, he actually defended the Houston Astros from cheating criticism recently, so fans should actually be glad he’s gone. Didn’t need that energy in 2022, especially since the Astros all but officially stole a World Series from the Dodgers.