"Clubhouse culture" was a big talking point of the later months of the 2023 season, with multiple in-depth reports coming out about teams like the Padres and the White Sox, whose clubhouses/player management are either a little fishy or totally in ruins, depending on how you read things. It's no surprise that an organization that has their ducks in a row and players who are welcoming and focused on the same goal are important factors in enticing players to join a club. No one wants to submit themselves to a toxic work environment.
The Dodgers clearly have something good going in their clubhouse. Their team chemistry was easy enough to see on the field last year, free agents keep coming and coming and coming to LA, and when you have a guy like Mookie Betts on your team, who could have a bad time?
However, Max Muncy recently threw some shade at past players who have messed with the Dodgers' "clubhouse chemistry" on Foul Territory, alluding to some perhaps controversial players who he thinks the club is better off without.
Max Muncy blasts departed Dodgers players who upended team chemistry
We'll stop short of explicitly naming players Muncy might've been talking about — look no further than the replies of the Foul Territory tweet for that. However, the Dodgers' clubhouse does seem to be in great shape at the moment. Morale is high after the front office's hustle (though that might be an understatement) this offseason, especially with the addition of Shohei Ohtani being an explicitly named reason as to why some want to come to or stay with the team. The Dodgers know that their team is in great shape, so a singular goal of putting it all together, winning 100 games, and avoiding the playoff embarrassment of last year is paramount now.
Basically, the Dodgers know that they're very close to having it all going into the 2024 season. Concerns now lie with getting another starting pitcher, but the lineup is in great shape from top to bottom. Muncy himself will likely slot in the order right above newest addition Teoscar Hernández, who will bring a righty bat that crushes lefty pitchers.
The pitfalls of having a diva or a player at odds with management or other players are clear — we can look all across the league for examples of that. A lot has been said about the Dodgers' success on the back end of things, but the team who has to play 162 games together has to translate that onto the field. We shouldn't need to worry about that with the Dodgers, though. They seem to have things figured out.