To begin the 2023 campaign, the Los Angeles Dodgers sit around .500, good for second place in the NL West division. Surprisingly, the only club they trail is the Arizona Diamondbacks, who still seem closer to "pretender" than "contender".
Offensive performances from Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy and rookie outfielder James Outman have carried the team so far this year. The former trio have all carved out established big league careers. while the latter is doing everything right in his quest for the 2023 NL Rookie of the Year trophy.
Most of the pitching staff has done well, too. Outside of subpar showings from Michael Grove and Alex Vesia, the rotation and bullpen have looked sharp.
Many of the former names in the middle of the club's lineup or atop the rotation have moved on to new destinations. Guys like Kiké Hernández, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson and even Cody Bellinger have started off 2023 on a high note on the offensive side, while Kenley Jansen has returned to form for the Red Sox.
On the opposite end of this spectrum, there are a handful of players the Dodgers should be happy are no longer on the club. From former All-Stars to guys who at one point were surefire Hall of Famers, some former Dodgers are off to terrible starts on their new clubs.