The Los Angeles Dodgers finished the 2011 season a hair above .500 at 82-79. They managed to survive the maelstrom of off-field drama somehow and walked away with the NL Cy Young, Clayton Kershaw, and NL MVP, Matt Kemp (yes, I said MVP).
This offseason the team is somewhat handicapped because the ownership situation is in such limbo. They find themselves in the young and competitive NL West that is currently being run by the Arizona Diamondbacks and, on occasion, the San Francisco Giants.
Compounding their issues with attendance, popularity and hope was their crosstown rival signing two of the biggest marquee free agents at the same time.
The Dodgers have been making moves of their own, however—moves that I think are flying under the radar, which is essentially just what the team needs at a time like this.
Here are my grades for the Dodgers' moves thus far this offseason.