It’s fashionable in baseball to complain that the players just aren’t there. Friedman and Zaidi believe in innocent until proven guilty. There are, in fact, a ton of players who can help as long as they’re not overexposed.“You hear the term Quadruple A or 4-A sometimes,” Zaidi said. “But if a guy has been successful in Triple-A he might have what it takes to succeed up here.”Segedin hit .484 with an impossible OPS of 1.309 when he was a junior at Tulane. Since Friedman is a Tulane alum, the Dodgers noticed Segedin. But they kept noticing him when he was sent down to Double A by the Yankees last year and strongly considered retirement.Toles was dismissed by Tennessee and suspended from his Florida community college team, Chipola College, before Tampa Bay, with Friedman at the helm, drafted him. After Friedman went to the Dodgers, Toles was released. The Dodgers’ computer beeped.Dayton was trapped in the Marlins system, but was good enough at one time to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, where Friedman and Zaidi saw him and his hard, left-hand stuff. A recommendation from scout Bill Latham helped persuade the Dodgers to give up former first-round pick Chris Reed for Dayton.“A lot of credit goes to (manager) Bill Haselman and (batting coach) Shawn Wooten at Oklahoma City,” Zaidi said, “along with Bill Simas and Matt Herges, our pitching coaches at Tulsa and Oklahoma City. They got these guys ready to produce on this level.“And (farm director) Gabe Kapler was the driving force with Toles. He stayed in touch with him even after he’d been released and he kept pounding the table for him.”Segedin, 27, made his MLB debut on Aug. 7 and collected four RBIs against Boston’s David Price. He later homered off the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner to give L.A. a two-game lead.Toles, 24, has been hitting throughout, but on Aug. 31 his grand slam at Colorado finished a comeback from an 8-2 hole and gave the Dodgers a signature 10-8 win.Dayton, 28, has needed 19 1/3 innings to become the top left-hand reliever. He has struck out 25 and given up eight hits.Behind it all is manager Dave Roberts, who had never managed before and was presumed to be a front office puppet.“He gets my vote for manager of the year,’ Zaidi said. “He’s dealt with so much and he’s shown the qualities we saw when he hired him, great competitiveness and toughness, and yet a positive way of dealing with everything.”And maybe that’s the one plan that works for the Dodgers. Come with us and hit, field, pitch, travel, meet new people. That is why the city is getting excited, against its better judgment, over the Dodgers’ legitimate stars, but also their minor-league refugees; the ones they rescued from Trenton, Port Charlotte and Jacksonville.Through Wednesday, the Dodgers led San Francisco by four games in the National League West. They were 6 1/2 back at the All-Star break. They went 37-24 after Clayton Kershaw, their one and only Essential Man, got hurt.They have set the National League record for players on the disabled list. They have used 54 players on the major league level. Nine of their past 11 games have been started by rookie pitchers. And at Oklahoma City, the Triple-A outlet, there have been 59 batters (some of whom were pitchers) and 51 pitchers. Still, the club made the playoffs.“You look at our Triple-A stats and they just go off the page,” general manager Farhan Zaidi said. “But if we feel a player can help us, we’re going to give him that chance. Sometimes you’d say, well, he’s not on the 40-man roster, but we’ve been finding ways to include them.”The Dodgers have the most stable eight-man lineup since Zaidi and Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations, took over in 2014. But Segedin, Toles and Dayton, among others, represent the return of Moneyball, the thrift-store method Oakland’s Billy Beane used to augment his core players, and a concept that reached Hollywood just in time to fill theaters and become widely misunderstood. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They weren’t supposed to win like this.They were supposed to collect the gaudiest cards in the Strat-O-Matic deck even if the payroll surpassed Monaco’s GDP. They were supposed to hold a take-a-number bazaar at the Winter Meetings and watch the free agents line up for days.So that is why Dodgers fans are high-fiving over Rob Segedin and using their phone cameras on Andrew Toles and sitting there hoping Grant Dayton comes in. That is why they keep their eyes trained on the radar gun when Brock Stewart pitches.