In 2017, the Los Angeles Dodgers were clearly one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. The team had a very deep roster full of talented players that were able to put up big runs while also having a great pitching staff. Ultimately, the team was able to win a very impressive 104 games and winning their division by more than 10 games. The hot streak continued into the playoffs where they were able to beat the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, but eventually fall to the Houston Astros in the World Series.
While the Dodgers were able to have a great season and make it to the World Series, there is now a lot of work that has to go into making the team a success again. As Spring Training is set to open, the team is looking like it is finalizing its roster to start preparing for the 2018 season. One player that the Dodgers are in talks with today is Chase Utley (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2759150-dodgers-rumors-chase-utley-la-engaged-in-serious-talks).
Utley is a long-time veteran in Major League Baseball who spent the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies. However, he was traded to the Dodgers a couple years ago and has been a very product member of the team ever since and also a great influence in the locker room. In around 300 games with the Dodgers, he has hit about 25 homeruns and 100 RBIs. While these are not great numbers, he has continued to provide great depth for the team. Due to the success that he has had and the role he fills, it appears that the Dodgers would like to bring him back. They are currently working on a one or two year deal and hope he will be back in time for training camp.
While Utley will be a good addition to the 2018 Dodgers, the success of the team will continue to revolve around the production of their star players. Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will continue to be a huge player for the team. Despite missing about 8 starts last year, Kershaw was one of the best pitchers in baseball and finished with around 200 strikeouts and 18 wins while losing only four games. He will now be entering his tenth season with the team.