Year 1 of the new Los Angeles Dodgers ownership is in the books and the book was closed a little early for team president Stan Kasten's taste. But while he was disappointed the team didn't make the playoffs after a historic midseason trade, in an interview with ESPNLA's Max Kellerman and Ramona Shelburne on 710 ESPN on Friday, Kasten said he was "so optimistic about this team going forward, I have a very strong reason to believe our season won't be ending at Game 161 next season and the years beyond."
Of the midseason trade for Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Kasten said, "It's L.A., they've experienced winning, they expect winning. They expect stars. So we took whatever opportunities we had to speed the process up and to be competitive this year.
"You look at the team we had in June or July and I have to tell you truthfully, I didn't think that team was going to get to Game 161," Kasten said. "I think the moves we made this year got us further along this year than we might have without it."
Listen to the full interview at this link as Kasten dishes on the team's offseason priorities, manager Don Mattingly and improvements to Dodger Stadium you’ll see next season.