The Los Angeles Dodgers have made headlines this offseason with their bold acquisitions, including Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Tyler Glasnow. These moves have sparked discussions among baseball fans, with some declaring their reluctance to support the team. Mookie Betts, who is slated to play second base for the Dodgers in 2024, weighed in on the team’s flashy offseason and the criticism they’ve received.
Betts expressed his excitement, stating, “What a time to be a Dodger, I mean this is crazy, it’s really a blessing.” He emphasized that being a Dodger comes with a certain culture and expectation of winning. Betts added, “We’re gonna win. We’re gonna compete. We’re gonna put the best team out there. We’re gonna do anything and everything to bring home a championship, and that’s why guys want to come to the Dodgers.”
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Indeed, players have shown a strong desire to join the Dodgers. Shohei Ohtani, who signed a significant contract with the team, had similar offers from other clubs. Yoshinobu Yamamoto also appeared eager to be a part of the Dodgers during his contract negotiations.
While these high-profile signings have painted a target on the Dodgers’ back, it’s worth noting that the team has been a World Series contender for much of the past decade. The 2024 season will provide an opportunity to see how these new additions seamlessly integrate into the Dodgers’ roster.