Monday, December 18, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, December 18, 2023 -- "Dodgers/Rays Trade"

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"For the Dodgers, though, there’s more to the deal. They’ve quietly gotten old. Mookie Betts is 31, Freddie Freeman is 34, Will Smith is 29, Max Muncy is 33. Shohei Ohtani is 29. Parallel to this, the Dodgers haven’t turned their highly rated farm system products into inexpensive young replacements who might have kept them from needing to commit so much to thirtysomethings. Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz are in D.C. I mentioned Busch and Vargas above, two guys who failed to launch in 2023. The Dodgers’ playoff exit was accelerated in part because a whole crop of young pitchers, save Bobby Miller, didn’t contribute."