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@Jeremy_N @craigary "Would you like to trade him now or wait til you get home?" 
"Trade him now, trade him now!"

"Oh no you don't, not this time.   Wait til you get home."  -- GMs Daffy and Bugs

3 days, 19 hours ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5

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@TheConman @FigurativelyTymathee Yeah I vote "stealth"!   Otoh isn't the risk that he will cost so much that they would then be left with no room for any other international signings? 

3 days, 19 hours ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5

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@Jeremy_N Personally I don't see the Dodgers trading him, but I could see him choosing retirement anyway, ultimately. I think he has value as a 5th starter and they might instead try to acquire a 4th starter type (say, a Bud Norris, or Brandon McCarthy to be 4/5 with Haren)...

3 days, 19 hours ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5

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Yeah I don't see any of those other guys listed sticking to a major league roster next year. Decent arms are usually the biggest threat to being lost, so as you mention Cash (Consideration) could be considered.  Maybe one of the catchers like O'Brien. But yeah... don't think there are many tough choices here, really. 

3 days, 20 hours ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5

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@Harry Twater too bad Twitter doesn't have a the edit my Tweet function.

1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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@BlueMarvin @Purple Drank @craigary @Mike Petriello do you really get the sense that Dodgers employees (mostly meaning players here) are unhappy with their set-up? Especially over the past year or so, with new ownership, new clubhouse, a good team, huge fan base, beautiful stadium, plus now a brilliant new management team. Sure they're unhappy they didn't win the World Series; the Giants players are jovial because they did. But as far as contracts, training, facilities, and just general happiness, I'm not seeing some big gap here.

1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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@BlueMarvin @Mike Petriello Yea I think you're paying too much attention to one of several false narratives about the World Champs (imho).  I *do* think they have done a good job in player development, but that's a totally different topic.

1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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@Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!) @Mike Petriello @BlueMarvin I, and I think the Dodgers new brass, are okay with AJEllis... as a backup. I think they realize how important he is to Kershaw, who is EXTREMELY important, obviously, and as a teammate, and also as Zaidi said this week they know he can do better, too. But I doubt they will be satisfied with him as a starter.  If they don't sign Martin it will be either a trade or someone else, as mentioned in this blog post but they will definitely make a move.

1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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@TellMyWifeISaidHello @craigary Yeah if there's ANY reason for me to root against Kershaw (which I'm not), it would be just so I don't have to listen to more of this garbage. (My fault for EVER turning on KNBR, and I don't follow these guys on Twitter, but I still see it from other locals I know, hard to avoid. Depressing.)

1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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@Bill Grabarkewitz Agree about Radnich, and he DOES sound good compared to these yahoos (at least he's not a total homer) - but yeah they're not only remarkably asinine, they're so provincial  too. That's what gets me. I think you nailed it--I live in SF and while I love many things about it I don't get the weird insecurity then that leads to nonsense like this.  Yeah, really sad, I don't get it. It's a supposedly cosmopolitan city but when it comes to the media and just general attitude about other places it's near the bottom, alas.

1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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Oh sorry,r eferring to several tweets like this:

https://twitter.com/knbrmurph/status/532891317202722816

which of course predictably stirs up the local masses to pile on. (Fans of course are welcome to, and will, say whatever. They aren't paid professional broadcasters.) Murph couldn't just leave well enough alone and congratulate Kershaw. 



1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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OT and maybe this is a rhetorical question, but what is up with Bay Area radio hosts who like to basically ring Pavlov's bell for the local yokel fan dogs, pandering to the lowest common denominator with classless homerism? Wish they'd take the high road once in awhile. I'm especially thinking of Brian Murphy who is King Homer around here (SF).

1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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I would take a flier on Jason Castro for sure. 

Also instead of Norris or Jaso, would Beane entertain offers for S Vogt instead? I like him more, but so do they probably?

1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

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@capnsparrow  @craigary Sure they are, if your scouting department does its job. The Dodgers blew most of their sandwich picks under White and co. IIRC but plenty of great, borderline first round-quality prospects have been found there.

1 week, 5 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Declines Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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@The Monocle Is the street Skid Row?

1 week, 5 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Declines Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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@HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex @craigary Well that is an extra bonus thing -- it is not THE reason to sign or not sign him of course.

1 week, 5 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Declines Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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I will miss his hitting. One of the very best in the game when healthy.

I will not miss him not being healthy.

Or his poor defense.


I will enjoy the extra high draft pick. 



1 week, 5 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Declines Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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yeah I hadn't even considered Texas but they would make a LOT of sense.

This list seems about right. Still no idea how much Dodgers are willing to pay for him, how far they're willing to go (or what I'd be comfortably with), yet alone where Martin wants to play (and he may not have a ton of choice -- but I can imagine if they paid him a ton, even if no more than LA offered Toronto would sound pretty good to him given where he's from.) But who knows. 

1 week, 5 days ago on How Much Competition Would The Dodgers Have For Russell Martin?

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Can we all agree this plushie represents Steve Dilbeck? 

(Eeyore + dinosaur) 

That article was horse-shit but at least everyone else seems to know it.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on So about all that Dodgers front office ‘Geek Squad’ stuff

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

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

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I liked the Giants better when they were this: 


1 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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@deblueSilverEdition /blocked  /reported

1 month, 3 weeks 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?

1 month, 3 weeks 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}

1 month, 3 weeks 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.)

1 month, 3 weeks 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)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on National League Wild Card: Giants @ Pirates

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If the Giants win I'm gonna be all like


1 month, 3 weeks 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

2 months 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. 

2 months 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? ;)

2 months, 1 week 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.)

2 months, 1 week 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?

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Scott Van Slyke’s Time To Shine

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

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.)

2 months, 1 week ago on Scott Van Slyke’s Time To Shine

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