Originally written October 29, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The 2012 Dodgers started out like a house of fire....and then hit the wall once Matt Kemp went down with hamstring issues, missing most of May and June. The team eventually ceded their NL West lead to the World Champion Giants, despite a summer spending spree that saw them acquire Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Joe Blanton, and Shane Victorino. Needs The Dodgers are put together pretty well going into 2013. All three of their outfielders (Kemp, Crawford, and Andre Ethier) are all signed long-term, and the team also doesn't need to worry about corner infielders with the presence of Gonzalez and Ramirez. I'd imagine the team will make something work at the middle infield positions with Dee Gordon, Mark Ellis, Nick Punto, Juan Uribe, and Jerry Hairston all signed for next season (and beyond, in the case of Gordon). The Dodgers could use another starting pitcher due to the injury issues with Clayton Kershaw (hip) and Chad Billingsley (elbow, ...
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