The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on a New York Yankees-style spending spree since the beginning of June. But the team’s lackluster performance of late has them no closer to a World Series title than they were on June 20, when they still had the best record in Major League Baseball (42-27).
The Dodgers are 32-41 since then and fans are understandably beginning to worry.
The on-field results haven’t inspired the same level of excitement that was sparked by the news of free agent signings, contract extensions and major trades. But it’s way too early for Los Angeles general manager Ned Colletti and the principle members of Guggenheim Baseball Management to start panicking.
The new ownership group’s generosity with their wallets has been matched by their honesty about the organization’s rebuilding strategy. Team president Stan Kasten has been clear that, while the Dodgers wanted to get better immediately, they would not compromise the team’s future to do so.
This turned out to be a classic case of under-promising; which is good because Los Angeles certainly isn’t over-delivering.
Fans wanted to believe that the team could compete for a World Series this year. But building a model for success that is sustainable in the long term is the top priority in Los Angeles.
None of this means that the Dodgers should regret any of the moves that they’ve made, as they are still in the best interest of the team’s future. In fact, there are several reasons why Los Angeles isn’t close to being a championship contender in 2012.