The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offseason started earlier than anticipated after they were officially eliminated from the National League Wild Card race on Tuesday night. While missing the playoffs was a huge letdown, the Dodgers brass needs to quickly move past the disappointment and start preparing for what’s sure to be a busy offseason.
Los Angeles has been the major league’s most active franchise since being sold to Guggenheim Baseball Management last spring.
GM Ned Colletti and president Stan Kasten—with the blessing and financial backing of the new ownership group—made several major investments in the team’s future over the past six months.
Each move was designed to improve the Dodgers immediately without compromising their plans to build a franchise ideally set up for long-term, sustainable success.
To ensure that those moves were not made in vain, Los Angeles will need to continue to be aggressive this offseason. The Dodgers were given somewhat of a grace period in 2012, but their will be no excuses if the team fails to reach the postseason next year.
Here are five moves the Dodgers need to make this offseason to prepare for World Series contention in 2013.