In a few hours, I’ll post Matt Kemp‘s 2013 in review, and we can all wallow in just what a disaster his season ended up being. The season in review pieces have been sort of dominating the posts here lately, and that’s fine, I think; in the offseason, it’s nice to have a reliable source of content, and I like putting one up every day so that they don’t stretch beyond the end of the year.
Still, it’d be nice to have something more meaty to chew on than which obscure minor leaguers have been signed to flesh out the Albuquerque roster. We’ve got our usual rumors about free agents asking for more than they’re worth, hypothetical trade ideas that may or may not make any sense, and stories barely worth touching on about how the Dodgers might be one of a dozen or so teams that called a particular player’s agent, but otherwise it’s been quiet so far.
That’s been true for everyone, not just the Dodgers, really. The only moves we’ve seen since the season ended are the Phillies picking up Marlon Byrd and retaining Carlos Ruiz, and the Giants adding Tim Hudson. The latter two of those happened just yesterday, it of course remains early in the offseason. Still, I wonder if the market is going to be slow to develop because of the still-unresolved NBP posting agreement — meaning teams won’t know when and if they’ll need to save money for Masahiro Tanaka — and because of the never-ending Alex Rodriguez saga, which puts the Yankees in an odd situation while they wait to hear how much of his salary they’ll be on the hook for.
We should remember that last year, the Dodgers didn’t sign Zack Greinke until December 10, soon added within hours by Hyun-jin Ryu. (The team had won Ryu’s posting by this time last year, but again, the system is now up in the air.) And, don’t forget, the team did already collect Alexander Guerrero during the playoffs. It’s not unexpected that there’s nothing big happening before Thanksgiving, it’s just tough for fans to handle. We know something big will happen eventually, of course; maybe it’s Tanaka, maybe it’s signing Clayton Kershaw, maybe it’s trading an outfielder. It’s just a matter of when. And that’s the toughest part.