The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves playing their 162nd game of the season on Wednesday with absolutely nothing to play for.
At least for this season.
With their loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, the Dodgers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. This despite the fact they added sluggers Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, brought in Josh Beckett and Joe Blanton to bolster the rotation, added Shane Victorino to fortify the top of the batting order, all the right pieces they felt they needed to get over the hump.
It still didn't work.
Before even making these deals, the Dodgers raced out to the best record in baseball. Then came the injury to star center fielder Matt Kemp, followed by a 9-17 slump. After adding almost $300 million in overall payroll commitments, they still came up one game short.
The trade that brought Gonzalez, Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto was supposed to be the final stroke from the brush of GM Ned Colletti. Following the trade, the Dodgers went 17-18—not exactly playoff-caliber.
Now, Colletti, team president Stan Kasten and others must huddle in a bunker somewhere in LA and figure out what went wrong, and what they need to do to right the ship for next season.
Here are some suggestions.