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Batting Around: Are the Dodgers the best team in baseball after their billion-dollar offseason?

Batting Around: Are the Dodgers the best team in baseball after their billion-dollar offseason?


Throughout the offseason the CBS Sports MLB experts will bring you a weekly Batting Around roundtable breaking down pretty much anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts about the future of baseball, all sorts of stuff. Last week we discussed Blake Snell’s future. This week we’re going to debate whether the Dodgers are the best team in baseball.

Are the Dodgers now the best team in baseball? If not, who is?

Matt Snyder: I think they probably are but I also think it’s laughable how much of a mass freakout there’s been over the signings of Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, flanked by the trade for and extension of Tyler Glasnow. The Dodgers are still very top heavy and a few injuries would expose their lack of depth. By no means is this team a call for sweeping changes to the game. Ohtani, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman is a generational top three, but we’re looking at James Outman, Chris Taylor, Jason Heyward and Gavin Lux at the bottom portion of the lineup. The rotation is all question marks. Yamamoto has never thrown a pitch in the majors. Glasnow hasn’t thrown more than 120 innings in a season and he’s 30 years old. Walker Buehler is coming off Tommy John surgery. Bobby Miller was a rookie last year, falling shy of 125 career innings pitched. The bullpen has a lot of questions, too. 

So, yes, this is probably the best team, but I don’t think others like the Braves or Astros are all that far behind and, most of all, I think a lot of people need to settle down. 

R.J. Anderson: They’re clearly in the running for that designation right now. Are they definitely the best? If you go off the early forecasts from projection systems, the answer is no. Now, I think the Dodgers are a riddle for those systems because they have so many…

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