The Los Angeles Dodgers are truly a top MLB franchise.
They had the opportunity to bring in outfielder Mookie Betts via trade a couple of years ago, and they took advantage of it.
And this offseason, they had the chance of signing first baseman Freddie Freeman to a long-term deal; and they weren’t about to let it pass, either.
As a result, they are one of the most competitive teams in the major leagues, with a 20-10 record as of Friday afternoon and enough firepower to fight with anybody in a short postseason series or over the course of a long season.
Whereas other teams think long and hard before making a huge commitment of resources (whether they are players or money), the Dodgers don’t usually hesitate if they think that investment (a player) will dramatically increase their chances of winning the World Series.
The Dodgers’ Game-Changing Talents
Betts and Freeman qualify as game-changing investments, and reporter Alden Gonzalez certainly thinks that way.
“Freddie Freeman is having the same effect on me now that Mookie Betts did two years ago — I knew they were good, but you have to watch them regularly to fully appreciate it,” he tweeted.
Freddie Freeman is having the same effect on me now that Mookie Betts did two years ago — I knew they were good, but you have to watch them regularly to fully appreciate it.
— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 13, 2022
As Gonzalez says, it’s better to appreciate their greatness from up close: everything they do, the way they train, the way they conduct themselves, and of course, the way they change the game with their play.
They have different ways of impacting a ballgame: Betts is more of an all-around producer who hits, runs, fields, and throws like a star.
Freeman, on the other hand, is a master of the strike zone and a formidable lefty-hitting slugger.
The former Atlanta Braves is currently hitting .310 with 20 runs scored, three homers, 13 RBI, and a .890 OPS with his new team.
More power should be on the way, too, but there is no question he has been an upgrade for the Dodgers’ offense.