In just the last few months, the Los Angeles Dodgers have transformed their roster via trade in a clear sign to the rest of the league they are serious about winning now. The amount of players they have acquired, and the money they have taken on, is shocking, but according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post may be just getting started.
After adding Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford, the Dodgers apparently also inquired with the Yankees about C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. New York told them no and a deal is not expected, but it further shows the Dodgers mean business and could be on their way to building a genuine super team.
Los Angeles may have heard 'no' from the Yankees, but it doesn't mean they won't be looking for something similar perhaps in the offseason during free agency. They clearly have money to spend and want to address every position on the field. If they were to acquire Teixeira for instance, either he or Gonzalez would have to play third base.
The Dodgers have yet to take off even with their new players, they have lost six of their last ten and remain in second behind the Giants in the N.L. West. But a full offseason of moves and time for the players to gel could produce the most talented team in the National League.
As the Dodgers simply get to know each other as new teammates, the Nationals are moving forward with the best record in the National League. But could the Dodgers be the future team to beat in the N.L.? With a roster imitating the Yankees as far as depth and payroll, the potential is there. We have, however, seen teams load up and look good on paper only to fail and never win a World Series.