A series of high-profile trades and free agent signings since last July leaves the Dodgers with seven players beginning their first full season in Los Angeles.
Hanley Ramirez kicked off the excitement when he was acquired from the Miami Marlins before last year’s July 31 trade deadline. The Dodgers completed the last of five in-season trades last August, acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from the Boston Red Sox, but the fireworks didn’t end there.
Of the three free agents the Dodgers signed this winter, two of them continued the team’s recent habit of going hard or going home.
Los Angeles signed the best available starting pitcher on the market, signing right-hander Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million contract last December. Less than 24 hours later, the Dodgers landed South Korean lefty Hyun-jin Ryu with a six-year, $36 million deal after winning his negotiating rights with a $25.7 million posting fee.
As one might expect based on their salaries, all seven players will be heavily depended upon this season to help the Dodgers reach the World Series for the first time since 1988. Given that a championship would be the ultimate payoff for L.A.’s bold moves, here are bold predictions for each of the newest Dodgers’ 2013 season.