San Francisco Giants 2017 Preview of NL West Opponents: The Dodgers
The Dodgers didn’t really add that much this offseason as much as they resigned players.
Most importantly they resigned third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen. Turner signed for 4 years, $64 million, while Jansen received 5 years and $80 million.
Turner had a career year in 2016 playing in 151 games, scoring 79 runs, with 27 home runs and 90 RBI to go along with a solid .275 average.
Jansen has been the Dodgers’ closer for nearly five years now. In 2016 he saved 47 games – his most ever – with an era of 1.83.
The Dodgers also resigned Rich Hill for 3 years and $48 million, which was a bit of a shock. In 34.1 innings for the Dodgers last year he had a 1.83 ERA.
The question has never been about Hill’s stuff, but his health. Last year was the first time since 2007 that he’s thrown more than 100 innings in a season.
They also resigned second baseman Chase Utley to a one year deal to backup newly acquired Logan Forsythe.
Forsythe was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason in return for Jose De Leon. In 2016 Forsythe hit .264 with 76 runs scored, 20 home runs and 52 RBI.
Those numbers really aren’t all that better than what Utley did in 2016, so it’s not much of an upgrade.
A move that irked many San Francisco Giants fans was the signing of Sergio Romo. After spending nine years with the good guys, Romo flipped over to the dark side.
During his time with the Giants Romo had a collective 2.58 ERA in 439.2 innings with 498 strikeouts and 84 saves. Oh, and he helped the Giants win three World Series titles.
Overall, the Dodgers didn’t do much upgrading, just maintaining. We’ll see if that’s enough for them to hold onto the NL West crown.