The Los Angeles Dodgers came to spring training a year ago with a myriad of issues: Ownership was in flux, right fielder Andre Ethier wanted a contract extension and skeptics wondered if Don Mattingly could do much with his team. This year is a very different story.
Since being sold last April, the Dodgers have become the Yankees of the West, seemingly spending however much it takes to put together a winner, though that strategy failed to deliver a postseason berth in 2012.
The Dodgers took an even deeper plunge in the offseason, landing former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and South Korean import Hyun-Jin Ryu for a combined 209 million. Factor in last season's acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Brandon League and Carl Crawford, plus Ethier and Matt Kemp, and the Dodgers have perhaps more talent than any National League team.
The question now: Can they pull it all together into a successful team.
Many of the pieces were brought last year in a midseason trading f...