How Dodgers can get even better
October, 18, 2013
By Jim Bowden | ESPN Insider
Elsa/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers must make sure that Clayton Kershaw is a Dodger for life.The Los Angeles Dodgers' ownership group, led by Mark Walters, Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten, has to be pleased with how quickly it's been able to turn the Dodgers into a legitimate World Series contender, even if it took spending more than everyone else in the industry to do it.
And while the Dodgers' World Series bid fell short in 2013, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, they can point to injuries to Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Chad Billingsley as part of the reason they won't be visiting the White House. Had this team stayed healthy there might have been a better outcome.
That being said, there is still a lot of work ahead this offseason if the Dodgers want to bring a world championship back to Los Angeles in 2014.
Here are the issues that must be addressed this winter if the Dodgers want to take another step forward.
1. Give Kershaw a contract extension
Extending Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher in baseball, is the team's top priority and it should be.