Los Angeles Dodgers Offseason Transactions Grade Report

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2013

Los Angeles Dodgers Offseason Transactions Grade Report

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers have made some drastic acquisitions this offseason because they have the money to do it.

    Most of the moves the front office has made is to bolster a certain position in their lineup. 

    Adding pitchers like Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyun-Jin were important for making their starting rotations one of the best in the majors.  

    These acquisitions have made them one of the preseason World Series favorites.

    We will see if the Dodgers get the bang for their buck in the upcoming season.

    Here are the Dodgers offseason transactions grade report:  

Signing Ryu Hyun-Jin

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    The Dodgers spent a pretty penny in order sign the Korean left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin.

    It took $25.7 million just to negotiate with Ryu. Then a six-year, $36 million contract to sign the 25-year-old.

    According to a Yahoo article, Ryu pitched for over seven seasons for Korean Baseball's Hanwha Eagles. His record was 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA, and he led the league in strikeouts five times and ERA twice.  

    Those are pretty solid numbers. Can he bring those same stats or better to the best professional league in the world?

    Most people have been calling him a middle of the rotation starting pitcher once the season starts.

    I'm not sure if you want to spent that kind of money on a player who could turn out to be a risk.  

    The biggest question is will Ryu become a stud or a dud for the Dodgers? 

    Grade: C+

Skip Schumaker Trade

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    Former St. Louis Cardinals utility player Skip Schumaker was traded to the Dodgers for minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman.

    Schumaker will be a quality versatile player in manager Don Mattingly's arsenal. 

    Schumaker's stats over eight seasons with the Cardinals include a .288 batting average and 121 doubles. 

    Skip has played all three outfield positions and second base for the Cardinals. 

    In 2011, Schumaker went 8-for-21 with four RBI in the NLDS and World Series.

    Lemmerman could've been a good future player for the Dodgers, but the front office seems to be focused on having a good team now.

    Grade: B- 

Brandon League's Contract Extension

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    The Dodgers needed to bolster their bullpen for some time, and extending Brandon League's contract certainly helps. 

    League was traded from the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguers Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom, right before the trade deadline last season. 

    He finished the year with a 2-1 record, a 2.30 ERA and six saves.

    League extended his contract for three-years, $22.5 million. It is certainly a lot of money to be giving League, but hopefully it pays off for the Dodgers

    The interesting thing to watch for throughout spring training is will League or Kenley Jansen get the majority of the time at closer.

    Grade: B+ 

Zack Greinke Signing

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    Zack Greinke's blockbuster six-year deal for $147 million led many people to wonder if he is worth that much.

    I'm not sure if he is worth that much, but he is a very talented starter that should do big things for the organization down the road.

    This was the largest deal for a right-handed pitcher.

    Greinke has a collected a 91-78 record with a 3.77 ERA, 1,332 strikeouts (148 per season) and a Cy Young in 2009 through his first nine years in the league.

    The Dodgers couldn't have signed a better No. 2 starter in the offseason. 

    The signing gives the Dodgers a deadly starting rotation that will compete to be one of the best in the league. 

    Grade: A-    

Overall Grading Report

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    The Dodgers made some necessary signings and trades through the offseason. 

    The relief pitching additions of Brandon League and J.P. Howell should help strengthen a below par bullpen.

    The Dodgers are willing to put a lot of money into their starting rotation with signing Greinke and Ryu, but I believe those risks could turn into rewards.

    Schumaker looks like useful multi-purpose player that has experience in the playoffs and the Dodgers could use that.

    The offseason isn't over yet with spring training just over a month away, but I don't think the Dodgers will be making anymore big buck acquisitions until then.

    Honorary Addition:

    Adding Mark "Big Mac" McGwire as hitting coach was another quality move by the front office. He was born and raised in southern California and will always be recognized as one of the best hitters in baseball history. 

    Overall Grade: B+