The Dodgers' seemingly magical 2019 season came to a swift and familiarly painful end in the NLDS when they lost to the eventual champion Washington Nationals in five games.
Now, with key players hitting free agency in a deep offseason market, they face the intriguing task of retooling for yet another run at a World Series title that has eluded them since 1988.
Dodgers Let Hyun-Jin Ryu Walk in Free Agency
Hyun-Jin Ryu had a stellar year for the Dodgers. The 32-year-old put up elite numbers, including a 2.32 ERA while issuing just 24 free passes in 182 2/3 innings of work.
But he's going to command quite a hefty payday this offseason, and the Dodgers will be keen to spend their money elsewhere. With Walker Buehler emerging as a bonafide star and Dustin May still waiting in the wings, the rotation is deep enough that they'll feel comfortable enough to let him go.
Dodgers Sign Anthony Rendon, Justin Turner Moves to Second Base
All that money that the Dodgers saved by not bringing back Ryu will go towards bringing in Rendon to build one of the most fearsome offenses the league has ever seen. His 154 wRC+ and .598 slugging percentage will play nicely in Chavez Ravine, and with him at the hot corner, Justin Turner will shift over to second base.
Dodgers Sign Dellin Betances
The bullpen was a massive weakness for the Dodgers in the playoffs last year, and they'll be sure to address it this offseason by signing Dellin Betances. Despite the fact that he dealt with injury for almost all of 2019, he still stands out as one of the best strikeout artists in baseball. His five consecutive seasons of 100 or more strikeouts from 2014 to 2018 will be too much for the Dodgers to resist.