September 17, 2021

NL West offseason preview — Will anyone challenge Dodgers’ division dynasty? (ESPN)


With free agency underway, the offseason is going to pick up steam. What are the big questions facing all 30 teams?

We now turn to the NL West, where the Dodgers have a streak of consecutive titles going while the rest of the division ponders how to catch them.

Team-by-team offseason previews: NL East | NL Central | AL East

2019 record: 106-56
2020 World Series odds: 5-1

The Dodgers have built a sustainable powerhouse largely through discipline. They excel in player development, focus on versatility, navigate toward youth and steer clear of the mega-contract. It’s an approach that has helped them win a major league-best 485 regular-season games since 2015 and has kept them on a path for continued dominance. The Dodgers could do nothing this offseason — literally nothing — and still field a roster capable of winning 90-plus games and capturing an eighth consecutive division title in 2020.

But, alas, that is not the ultimate goal.

The Dodgers are still in search of their first championship since 1988. They followed back-to-back World Series losses with a 106-win season in 2019, then suffered a gut-wrenching first-round elimination at the hands of the Washington Nationals. Now…



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