First baseman Adrian Gonzalez's season ended in controversy. Ruled out because of a back injury, he spent some of the playoffs in Italy but returned to participate in pregame workouts and meetings during the World Series. After the Dodgers lost twice when he was around, Roberts asked him to continue as a spectator.
Gonzalez is 35 and, with the emergence of rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger, lacks a clear role on the Dodgers. Next season is his last under contract. Still, Friedman said he expects Gonzalez in camp in February, "strong and healthy."
General manager Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers did not see any "glaring needs" on a roster that won 104 games during the regular season but wasn't quite good enough to defeat Houston in the World Series.
"I'm not sure if I'll ever really get over it," Friedman said of the loss.
Said Zaidi: "Going to a Game 7 of a World Series, it really makes stark how fine the line can be between having a somber press conference like this one," Zaidi said, "and having your players show up on 'Saturday Night Live.'"
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