Led by newly signed Second baseman Jeff Kent (.289 29 105), the Los Angeles Dodgers published an unimpressive 71-91 record in 2005. 1st basemen Olmedo Saenz (.263 15 63) and Hee-Seop Choi (.253 15 42) signed up with outfielder Milton Bradley (.290 13 38) and late season pickup Jose Cruz (.301 6 22) to offer the majority of the group’s offense for the year. Catcher Jason Phillips (.238 19 55) and outfielder J.D. Drew (.286 15 36) also assisted include some appear the lineup as Los Angeles ended 2005 a full 11 video games behind the Department Champ San Diego Padres.
Pitchers Jeff Weaver (14 11 4.22), Derek Lowe (12 15 3.61) and Brad Penny (7-9 3.90) integrated to provide a majority of the team’s quality starts while reducer Yhency Brazoban (4 10 5.33 21 saves) anchored the back end of the bullpen.
Off Season Relocations:
The Dodgers signed a bunch of free agents in the off season to resolve their needs. Free representative Nomar Garciaparra (.283 9 30) was signed to play very first base, Bill Mueller (.295 10 62) to play third, Rafael Furcal (.284 12 58) to play shortstop and Kenny Lofton (.335 2 36) to play centerfield. Milton Bradley was sent out to the A’s and the team included NY Met Jae Seo (8-2 2.59) and Giants totally free representative Brett Tomko (8-15 4.48) to the starting rotation.
The LA Dodgers addressed their bullpen needs by picking up better Danys Baez (5-4 2.86) and reliever Lance Carter (1-2 4.89) who was signed from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Mueller, Garciaparra and Furcal were all strong pickups and should help in reducing the requirement for Kent to do all the scoring in 2006. The Dodgers are hoping Garciaparra can play healthy for a full season and they anticipate him to amaze doubters who think he is harmed products. Furcal is an anchor in the infield and has an absolute canon for an arm. Fans need to anticipate him to step up his game another notch in 2006 after the Braves let him get away.
Seo had perhaps the best 2nd half of any of the Met pitchers last season. The Mets felt his 2005 season was basically a fluke so they were willing to trade him for reliever Duaner Sanchez. The Dodgers are hoping Seo can provide a considerable amount of quality innings in 2006. Fans shouldn’t anticipate Tomko to do better then in 2015 but the Dodgers still need him to improve on his 8-15 record though. Fans likewise must be positive that the off season bullpen finalizings will assist. Both Baez and Carter will be welcome additions. Baez in particular was chased after by a couple of various teams and the Dodgers were fortunate to get him.
If a few of the offending pieces can come together the Dodgers might surprise some people in the NL West. Most professionals would indicate the fact that the beginning pitching is still too shaky to select the team for any major contention in 2006.