To say the least, Andrew Friedman is having a good time at his first Winter Meetings with the Dodgers.
After being taken out of low-revenue, low-cash, no-free-agent Tampa Bay, he was given a job opportunity in L.A., to clean out a toxic clubhouse. And so he did.
In the past four days, Los Angeles has dealt 2nd baseman Dee Gordon to the Miami Marlins for Andrew Heaney, Andrew Heaney to the Angels for Howie Kendrick, Matt Kemp to the Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and prospect Zach Eflin, and Jimmy Rollins for players to be named. Yeah, Friedman is having a good time.
The sparkling acquisitions of their efforts are veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Howie Kendrick, replacing the former dynamic duo of Hanley Ramirez and Dee Gordon.
Rollins batted .243/.323/.394(101 OPS+) with 17 home runs last season for the Phillies and 55 RBI while Kendrick batted .293/.347/.397 for Los Angeles (Angels) in their AL West Championship season.
Rollins and Kendrick had both been with their respective teams for their entire careers, Rollins batting .267/.327.424 over 15 seasons and Kendrick.292/.332/.424 over nine seasons. Rollins is the all-time Philadelphia hit leader.
In the meantime, Los Angeles’ just took a burden off of their back after unloading Matt Kemp on the San Diego Padres. While Kemp posted MVP stats in 2011, he has been inconsistent, injury-riddled and not worth the mega-deal the Dodgers signed him to since. (This year, his W.A.R. was a measly 1.1) Thus, unloading him for three relatively low-cost players makes large amounts of sense for the Dodgers’ salary cap, as well as their four outfielder method that was not working.
Los Angeles’ next step looks to be signing Brandon McCarthy to a four-year deal.