Andrew Friedman's reputation as a pragmatic executive is no longer applicable. The Dodgers president of baseball operations is officially a big-game hunter.

The latest move -- plucking Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Nationals for a package of four prospects, headlined by catcher Keibert Ruiz and pitcher Josiah Gray -- might have provided the Dodgers with some distance in a tightly contested NL West and made them the favorites to repeat as champions.

"I feel like we had a championship-caliber team before this, with the group of talent we have, with the guys that are coming back from injury," Friedman said Friday. "But whenever you're in position to win a championship and you have impact-type players that you can add -- our mindset is to be aggressive on that and try to balance the today and the tomorrow. And some of the times that we've balanced the future have put us in position to do this."