The 2022-23 MLB offseason isn't complete, per se, but it certainly seems "complete" enough for analysts to determine which teams (and players) have already lost.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers haven't had the most productive offseason, they've got the "trust factor" going for them. No matter how underwhelming it looks on the surface, anyone who knows MLB knows that two (or three, or four) hidden pitchers will emerge as dominant in 2023 thanks to Mark Prior's ingenuity. Experts also know that the prospects and moving parts who will be filling in for previously-beloved Dodgers will eventually replicate the missing production pretty seamlessly (though Trea Turner will be missed, any way you slice it).
Miguel Rojas, JD Martinez, Noah Syndergaard, JP Feyereisen (at some point), and Jason Heyward may not be enough for some, but it's been enough for insiders like FanSided's Robert Murray to keep the Dodgers out of the bottom three this offseason.
Farhan Zaidi's Giants, who suffered some very public embarrassments? Not so much.
When pressed on Thursday's episode of The Baseball Insiders, San Francisco joined the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox -- fresh off swiping Justin Turner -- in the L-taking column. Fitting.
Giants, Red Sox among Robert Murray's MLB offseason losers; Dodgers escape
"The Giants are (a loser) because of their inability to close on a deal for a shortstop," Murray stated. "The Carlos Correa thing was not their fault, but I thought it was pretty important for them to leave with an elite player, whether it was Correa or whether it was Aaron Judge. And they missed on both of their guys."
No matter how San Fran's brass wants to spin it, and no matter how vindicated they've been on their skepticism of Correa's medicals, they went into this offseason with a large chunk of money and didn't spend it on any As or A-plusses. Mostly Bs, at best.
Seeing the Red Sox by their side, too, should sit well in Hollywood, considering Boston's major offseason move was letting their shortstop and DH depart, then replacing that DH with a player the Dodgers bid a fond farewell to (and whose time was probably up in Los Angeles).
The Dodgers, sadly, are probably going to end up on a few of these offseason "loser" lists, too, before Opening Day blessedly arrives. It seems, to most outsiders, like the team is gearing up for Shohei Ohtani/Manny Machado, while letting the chips fall where they may (and letting the kids get some run) in the interim.
At the end of the day, though, the Dodgers operate in silence, while the Giants loudly declared their intentions and face-planted. Advantage, Andrew Friedman.