Today’s ORSP has us returning to the City of Angels to take a look at the Dodgers.

Biggest Additions: Jon Garland, Juan Uribe, Matt Guerrier, Marcus Thames, Gabe Kapler, Tony Gwynn Jr., Blake Hawksworth, Ron Mahay

Biggest Subtractions: Russell Martin, Scott Podsednik, Reed Johnson, Brad Ausmus, George Sherrill, Jeff Weaver, Ryan Theriot

Offseason Review: Outside of the Padres, perhaps no team had as much turnover this offseason as the Dodgers.  There’s a lot of new faces, including first year manager Don Mattingly, who, from what I heard a few years back, is kind of a jerk.  The ownership situation didn’t have as much of an impact as people thought it would, which allowed the Dodgers to bring back Lilly, Kuroda and Padilla, and add Garland to the mix in the rotation.  All in all, they have a decent rotation, which is going to be important in the National League this season.

Season Preview: It’s hard to say what the Dodgers will look like this year.  I think they’ll be better than last year, but it’s going to be a difficult first season for Mattingly at the helm.  Their pitching will keep them in some games, but their offense may not, especially against the Giants, and some of the other quality pitchers in the division.  All in all, they are going to look better, but still fall short of the playoffs.

Final Record: 85-77, 2nd in the NL West.