Welp, that's it. The Los Angeles Dodgers once again went out with a thud, falling to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS after appearing to be gifted the best matchup of any remaining bonafide contender.
Instead, they'll be going home early once again, as injuries, regressions and off-field issues have plagued them in 2023. Their 100-win season and NL West title were no doubt accomplishments to be proud of, but much like the record-setting 111-win 2022 campaign and the "most talented MLB roster" in 2021, it's all for naught. Nobody will remember much about any of those teams because of the lack of postseason thunder.
The Dodgers have experienced a lot of changes dating back to the conclusion of the 2019 season. There's been a lot of turnover, but Andrew Friedman has done an admirable job patching up the roster deficiencies with star acqusitions, shrewd trades, or bargain free agents.
This offseason was designed to feature a lot of turnover. Friedman brought in a number of players on one-year deals after the 2022 campaign and the team had various guys slated to hit free agency anyway. The belief was that the organization was setting itself up to be financially flexible to sign Shohei Ohtani plus other pieces to become an undisputed powerhouse in 2024 (though that's far from a guarantee, and the rest of the clubhouse needs to sort out the postseason poison pill side effects).
What we do know, however, is that these players will be suiting up elsewhere next season because upgrades are essential.