Extending Max Muncy
Prior to his days roaming the Dodgers' infield, Max Muncy was a weak-hitting infielder for the Oakland Athletics who seemed destined for a life in Triple-A. He was released in March of 2017 after posting a combined .195 average through 96 games and was signed by the Dodgers just one month later.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Friedman brought Muncy aboard and saw him blossom into one of the best power hitters in the game. In his very first year on the club, the lefty slugger hit 35 home runs. The following year, 35 more. He finished 15th in the NL MVP voting twice and made the first of two All-Star Games of his career as well.
Things have not been perfect for him along the way, as he struggled in 2020 and 2022, but Friedman had the foresight to extend Muncy in the middle of last season when he was struggling, and the move is looking genius. Muncy leads MLB with 11 home runs and has seemingly rediscovered his MVP-like self.
Adding James Outman to the 2023 Opening Day roster
After getting into just four games last year for the Dodgers, James Outman was a highly-touted prospect prior to the 2023 season. After all, he hit .462 across 13 at-bats last year, doing more than enough (albeit in a small sample size) to keep his name near the top of the list to make the 2023 Opening Day roster.
So here we are, over three weeks into the regular season. Outman made the roster after the path was seemingly cleared for him and he has been tearing it up what feels like every single night. He has emerged as the club's primary center fielder while also playing the corner spots.
At the plate, the lefty-swinging youngster has been incredible. In 74 at-bats, he already has two doubles, three triples, seven home runs and a .311 average. If this play continues, an All-Star Game nod is not out of the question. If not, Outman surely will have an NL Rookie of the Year Award in his sights.