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@DBrim "Magic 8 Ball says ask again later"?  The end.  (Or "Could be decent backup eventually"?)

1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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I liked the Giants better when they were this: 


1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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@TheOcelot @craigary In that case, my only defense of Ned is that there really weren't many sure things out there other than Andrew Miller and they had a lot of competition for him. Not many options this year. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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@capnsparrow  @craigary @BehindOrangeLines he was a starter period. He may be a starter still, going forward, but since we have no idea what he'll bring when he's back, and we know he's got some wicked stuff when healthy but also in his career a propensity for tiring in 5th or 6th innings (i.e., not a workhorse type) I would not dismiss this idea out of hand.

1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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@TheOcelot @craigary agreed this should be the plan. It's a big argument in favor of both Ned departing and bringing in better development guys. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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@capnsparrow  @BehindOrangeLines He was probably more of a reach as a 1st rounder than evidence of any mismanagement but maybe it did take them too long to realize it? At any rate he would've been one of our best relievers this season (for whatever that's saying) so would be nice to have him as an option again next year.


And i DO hope they find a good system development person as part of their restaffing, it's so huge.

1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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@BehindOrangeLines @capnsparrow Withrow could be back by May or June so could be in the 2015 plans for sure. So could Onelki. Maybe Stripling too for that matter, who would've been possibly considered for a call up late this year if he hadn't gotten hurt (imho). Then keep working on improving Baez and Yimi. Maybe even bring back Chad Billingsley as a reliever(?) See if you can get Dominguez's control to improve (can't give up on a guy who throws nearly 100). 

1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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@capnsparrow Yep, agreed (see below). Baez still has loads of potential -- he's really raw when you think about how briefly he's been pitching. They have some other good arms potentially, up and down the system. Maybe bringing in some better developmental staff will help nudge this along, and seeing how badly Ned's "sign veteran former closer" plan worked out will keep him or whoever succeeds him from going that route again.  They may need to trade for or sign one reliever, but the rest of the pen should be a mix of best current guys, and young arms within system. Period. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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Yeah the payroll will be down next season--but only slightly. More likely reduced again going forward, but it's never going to be a moderate payroll, let's be honest. More about being smarter about where the money is going. I do think they'll trade Ethier (or even Crawford instead, who has more value, but is another very hard to trade contract), eat much of the contract but at least save something and open up room for Joc.   But this is yet another reason to be suspicious about the chances of bringing in Russ Martin. Would also be nice if they had an obvious starting pitcher to step in to a 4 or 5 role next season and save them the need to spend there. Even if 5th starters typically don't cost much it's often a waste of money all the same. Maybe Zach Lee or someone else will step forward next season.  Truth is, this isn't a team that needs a lot of help -- just an upgrade at catcher, and, well, a lot of help in the pen--but as we've seen repeatedly, throwing money at relievers usually works much worse than developing cheap young arms in the system and going forward I really hope that's what they do.

1 week, 2 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?

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@YadierMolinasOedipalComplex @TellMyWifeISaidHello As the Dodgers new social media person? I'd be down! ;)  I do love that dude.

1 week, 3 days ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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@JackedNate @Bull Doggy Dogg Maybe fair to say both Dodgers and Martin miscalculated the whole situation. The Dodgers, with what value he brought them and deserved, Martin with what he expected and was ultimately worth coming off injury worries.

1 week, 3 days ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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@Raul Franklin @Purple Drank I definitely think he can bounce back on offense -- to an extent. It seemed clear the injuries nagged him much of the season and was no coincidence that he started hitting better when he felt better. That said, it's not like his ceiling is high there anyway, more than a solid OBP guy. Which would be fine if he were a stud defensively. But he isn't. (on the other, or third, hand, pitchers do work well with him and he may bring other intangibles to our pitching staff that are hard to quantify.) So again, would be happy to have him back, but as a full time starter, seems to ask for too much to, well, expect much.

1 week, 3 days ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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@foldamort Decently?  /analysis

Please give me a job on Fox Sports 1.

1 week, 3 days ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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@Mike Petriello @capnsparrow Just want to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you.

1 week, 3 days ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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damned good stuff Daniel. All the stuff I've been thinking about and obsessed over.  I really think it's a risk --- but... one they may have to try to take anyway. I'd love a Martin + AJE (as backup) combo but it may not be realistic to have both, for reasons you relay.   I wish some of the intriguing guys in the minors were closer than, say, 2+ years away. :/  If Ellis left at some point FedEx would probably be a capable backup, just doesn't seem like he has enough to start.  Martin is the only good option, and as you point out, not without pitfalls. 


We'll see what our future GM thinks. ;-)

1 week, 3 days ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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@deblueSilverEdition /blocked  /reported

2 weeks, 5 days ago on National League Wild Card: Giants @ Pirates

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If the Giants win will they have someone else do the patented Angel Pagan throat slash gesture?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on National League Wild Card: Giants @ Pirates

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Jeez Logan Lerman, I didn't realize how much that gif looped, sorry.   {cries}

2 weeks, 5 days ago on National League Wild Card: Giants @ Pirates

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@efb @craigary Probably.... but as an SF resident Dodgers fan I'm not sure I'd survive the anxiety of it all. (Which I know is selfish, I bet it'd be a tense and fun series. But I'd happily pass.)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on National League Wild Card: Giants @ Pirates

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@PagansOedipalComplex He's a great pitcher and competitor whom I'm sure we'd appreciate having on our team, but as a Giant his short-tempered bullshit grates on my nerves and I hope he's the crying one tonight (see: gif above)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on National League Wild Card: Giants @ Pirates

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If the Giants win I'm gonna be all like


2 weeks, 5 days ago on National League Wild Card: Giants @ Pirates

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@Mike Petriello Oh man, you must've screwed up somewhere then, Mike. Sorry! ;)


/eeyore sound to impersonate what Dilbeck must sound like

3 weeks, 6 days ago on A First Try At A Potential 2014 Dodger Playoff Roster

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The bullpen makes us all do a Mr. Creosote from Monty Python's Meaning of Life, but hey in happier news, I like our bench a lot!
I think you're right about Rojas, though I'd be fine with Barney or Arrrrby. None of them can really hit much, but Rojas gets the edge for the time he's put in this year, how valuable he's been defensively and that he can play 3 positions well, not sure the other two can.


About the pen, yipes. Well, I'm fine with League (he does get the ground balls, hopefully the right defense will be in there behind him if he's used), Baez has really looked good, Perez we know has been awful until he came back from the DL and admittedly DOES look much better but is that really enough to trust?  If we had a Chris Withrow around it might be easier to kick him off. And Frias has value but is just too unreliable to say the least. It's like Sophie's Choice at the backend and hopefully it won't matter. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on A First Try At A Potential 2014 Dodger Playoff Roster

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@Purple Drank how much have you had to drank? ;)

1 month ago on Paco Rodriguez and Carlos Frias should make postseason roster

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@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) I actually don't think so. I think Perez being used only in garbage time since he's been back shows where team ranks him right now. (Otoh, who knows, and he has admittedly looked much better since coming back from the DL. But hoping they won't be fooled by that. Would rather a less experienced guy with much more live arm, like Baez, Frias or Garcia make it over him.)

1 month ago on Paco Rodriguez and Carlos Frias should make postseason roster

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Yep, totally agree.  Was great to have both Paco and Elbert come back and get back in the mix at same time, after the pen was clearly starved for that 2nd LHP for a long while. Paco should get the nod over Elbert on account of being less rusty, more recent experience, probably a bit better.  Want to see how Frias manages in Denver (not that this should be anyone's final judgment on a pitcher) but he seems to have really earned that "long man" slot.  Are we thinking 12 pitchers on post season roster, or 11? Seems IF Ryu is back and healthy, they'd go with 4 starters and then decide on 7 or 8 relievers.


I don't have a problem with League making the cut (i'd personally rather leave Wright off, don't think he's been very good at all lately), but would be good to have potentially another young live arm in pen too -- maybe Baez has a shot?

1 month ago on Paco Rodriguez and Carlos Frias should make postseason roster

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@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Diane Nguyen I live in Frisco and have noticed people here don't mind it being called that as much these days, probably because there are so many more transplants from elsewhere who didn't grow up with weird provincialism and weird rules about things.

1 month ago on Scott Van Slyke’s Time To Shine

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@GinFizzBear @Diane Nguyen Nice pull.  The miracle of birth!

1 month ago on Scott Van Slyke’s Time To Shine

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@TellMyWifeISaidHello @craigary OK.  Was just tired of seeing all these dumb discussions 2 months ago and was tired of having to defend him.   Moving on.

1 month ago on Scott Van Slyke’s Time To Shine

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(Sorry for the curse-y tweet, forgot about that part. :( ) You get the gist, there are other rants to be found on that dumb hashtag until some of us took it over sarcastically more recently.)

1 month ago on Scott Van Slyke’s Time To Shine

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Join me in laughing at people who were dumb (yes, people who say dumb things on Twitter, it's probably been any of us at some time or another, but today I'm singling someone out:)
https://twitter.com/ShoeAffliction/status/490631546089390080

1 month ago on Scott Van Slyke’s Time To Shine

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@DBrim @Chat dans le chapeau @Lobo Yes, he is absolutely worse than Donnie for on-field decisions. I think when it comes to managers, with very few exceptions, this sums it up:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wXHwVpIUByw/UGCk7vNh2cI/AAAAAAAADMY/0nTEWJJ-Cfg/s1600/grass-greener.jpg

1 month, 2 weeks ago on My 2014 Dodgers’ Minor League Players of the Year

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@Dustin Nosler and if we know you we know you're a master debater! ;)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on My 2014 Dodgers’ Minor League Players of the Year

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Also, Cotton doing what he did in a hitter's league is amazeballs (and cottonballs). I would imagine he'll start '15 in Chattanooga and take it from there? Urias will be in Rancho and then join him in Chattanooga, and maybe Anderson or Windle won't be far behind, De Leon up to Rancho, and g'damn that is starting to sound awesome.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on My 2014 Dodgers’ Minor League Players of the Year

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@KMT59 Those guys are mentioned for other GM jobs (along with Kim Ng) about as often as the Dodgers have traded Ethier for Middlebrooks.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on My 2014 Dodgers’ Minor League Players of the Year

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Nice. It's GREAT to actually HAVE choices, good choices, for once. That we can actually look at several players for each and debate it, well it's nice to be there.  I might have leaned towards De Leon or (just for sheer amazingness for his age) Urias but can't disagree really. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on My 2014 Dodgers’ Minor League Players of the Year

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Or "Mike" -- didn't mean to make his name Japanese. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Alex Guerrero Is Heating Up At The Right Time

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If you think Donnie plays Rojas because of his bat you're being...silly. I guarantee you he doesn't think he's much of a hitter. Now whether Guerrero gets much pt remains to he seen but I think Mije is right that he will be a factor, even if mostly as a PH.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Alex Guerrero Is Heating Up At The Right Time

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@thestevesaxtrio Sorry, will try a non  gif, non-linked version:

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Matt Cain Is Out For The Year, And That’s Bad

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@moneynow27 How do his projections change with a Dan Haren looming on Wednesday? :/

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Matt Cain Is Out For The Year, And That’s Bad

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But he also comes with a free frogurt!  

That's good!

(But the frogurt is cursed. That's bad.)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Matt Cain Is Out For The Year, And That’s Bad

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Mike, you should pay a hefty fine for even typing this!  :-P
"2.3% chance that the reliever is Octavio Dotel"

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 48 Hours Until The Trade Deadline

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLlLtSG7xe4 (I really do want to be sedated at this point.)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 48 Hours Until The Trade Deadline

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Can we post that Ramones video here at this time tomorrow?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 48 Hours Until The Trade Deadline

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@P_F_P @tsneddy ETHIER FOR MIDDLEBROOKS!  /a yearly macro

3 months, 1 week ago on Mailbag #8: Recall Seager, DFA Ethier, Trade Gordon, Acquire Cain, Vin Still The Best

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Mike P., the patience of a saint!  ;)


Hey, if Farmer ends up not being that exciting, I sure am excited about Leon. Maybe he's our next Catcher of the Future!

3 months, 1 week ago on Mailbag #8: Recall Seager, DFA Ethier, Trade Gordon, Acquire Cain, Vin Still The Best

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That Saxon article also seems like he keeps thinking that kemp is most likely to be traded. But I'm with you Mike, I don't think that's the case at all, for reasons you mention, and to trade away a RHH outfielder to make room for another LHH makes little sense to me. The dodgers would narrow their options in dangerous ways that way. No, they need to find a home for Ethier basically (Crawford harder to trade IMHO) even tho alas Andre is at low trade value. But that could get even lower...

At any rate, let's try an actual centerfielder in CF shall we? Bring up Joc.

3 months, 1 week ago on The Path To Joc Pederson

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I rarely say this but good lord I hope that person is trolling on purpose, otherwise ... The stupid, my god the stupid. The goggles, they do nothing!

3 months, 1 week ago on The Path To Joc Pederson

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@Dang88 @Disgruntled Goat @moneynow27 No, but I could see him trying to acquire a reliever from the Red Sox, and I wouldn't mind that.  

3 months, 1 week ago on Hanley Ramirez’ All-Star Break Starts Early

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