Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been aggressive in upgrading their roster this offseason, committing nearly $1.2 billion to add the likes of Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow and Teoscar Hernández.
The spending spree comes on the heels of the team suffering another early postseason exit at the hands of a division opponent.
The Dodgers already had a deep enough roster to get back to the playoffs, but the club made it clear their biggest goal is winning the World Series.
While the moves undoubtedly have made the Dodgers a better team on paper, Max Muncy believes they additionally helped improve the clubhouse chemistry, which is something they have been conscious of in the past as well, via “Foul Territory” show:
“Everybody is focused on one goal. People aren’t focused on trying to get their numbers, they’re not focused on things that don’t really matter on winning the game. We’ve had some guys that kind of cared about themselves a little bit and they’ve been shipped out. I think that’s just the cool thing about it. This clubhouse, it’s such a great clubhouse every single year.
“We have a lot of guys, new faces every year, and we always just mesh together. And that’s something the Dodgers also care about, is having clubhouse chemistry. That’s something they’ve always been focused on. When they bring in new faces, they like to do their homework and research on what kind of person they are, what kind of person they are in the clubhouse, what kind of person they are off the field, and it creates a really fun environment and it’s a place that a lot of people want to be.”
Ohtani, Yamamoto and Glasnow are three of the most talented players at their respective positions, but what also makes them special is the positive presence they bring to the clubhouse.
Each player has been lauded by their former teams for being good teammates, which can be just as valuable as their skill on the field.
Aside from those three, the Dodgers roster features plenty of high-character players that have been key to their stretch of 11 consecutive postseason appearances.
Max Muncy ‘surprised’ by Ohtani and Yamamoto contracts with Dodgers
Muncy said he was surprised by the massive contracts given to Ohtani and Yamamoto, but he fully expected the Dodgers to pursue them given their longstanding interest in both players.
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