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The problem with free agency is that all too often, to land the player you have to give him big bucks through to his iffy older years.

2 days, 5 hours ago on Dodgers won’t be a major player in 2015 free agency, says everybody

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>> I fully expect the trades to get increasingly more significant, culminating in one for a starting shortstop and/or catcher.

Also likely, another move - perhaps a free-agent signing - to land another starting pitcher.

3 days, 22 hours ago on Dodgers get Juan Nicasio from Rockies as potential bullpen piece

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@HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex @Lobo What's scary to me is how well they've done in recent years, much of the time with a really mediocre lineup (this year especially).

4 days, 6 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox

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@CodyStumpo Too many outfielders.  I've heard of that concept.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox

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@DodgerBytes @Omer (beercoozie) For the springtime.  Please come to Boston for the springtime.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox

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I thought the whole reason it was inevitable he would go to the AL was that he would be a designated hitter.  What happened to that idea?

4 days, 7 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox

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Is someone peeing in the photo at the top of this post?  :)

5 days, 18 hours ago on Dodgers Acquire Mike Bolsinger, A Name You’ve Now Heard Of

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But what about a post for Buck Britton?  :)

5 days, 18 hours ago on Dodgers Acquire Mike Bolsinger, A Name You’ve Now Heard Of

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Wow, Montero seems like the luckiest guy in the world - a below-average-hitting catcher getting WAY overpaid and even getting an undeserved place on this year's All-Star team.

Do.  Not.  Want.

6 days, 22 hours ago on Regarding the Dodgers interest in Miguel Montero or any other catcher

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Thanks for the excellent perspective.

1 week ago on Dodgers Lose Onelki, Add Lee, Schebler, Reed

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Should we be concerned about Onelki Garcia being claimed on waivers by the Sox?

1 week, 1 day ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: IF Carlos Triunfel

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Referring to the prior discussion...

With the benefit of hindsight, we now have the answer to the question Mike asked several years ago:

>> "really, is anyone excited about Rod Barajas and Miguel Olivo?"

And the answer turns out to be, yes - Alex Guerrero is excited about Miguel Olivo.  :)

1 week, 1 day ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5

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@- Casey - You forgot HBP as an outcome.

1 week, 3 days ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: 2B Dee Gordon

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>> Post coming later today. Hopefully before they trade for Alexei Ramirez.

A post about Jimmy Rollins? Or about how the Dodgers aren't going to sign Russell Martin now that he's off the market?

1 week, 3 days ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: 2B Dee Gordon

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@capnsparrow  @- Casey - >> Do we know if there are any additional Dodger Stadium upgrades planned this offseason?

One big one - moving Ned Colletti out of the GM's skybox.  :)

1 week, 3 days ago on Dodgers Acquire Kyle Jensen, Because Oklahoma City Needs Players Too

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@TheConman @Purple Drank We have great pizza where I live.  That's one area where Chicago is second to no one.

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

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@Raul Franklin @Mike Petriello Isn't that our minor-league team in Great Lakes?  :)

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

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Miguel Olivo is also available.  I'm ready to hear more about him; I'm all ears.  :)

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

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@Disgruntled Goat @nsxtasy Yeah, but the article says that Friedman is at the top.  And I'm not sure that's true; Kasten is, I think.

OTOH what really matters is not only how good each of these guys is individually, but how they can work together to make decisions as a management team.  Which is another point that is missing from the post.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on All Hail The Mighty New Dodgers Front Office

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Odd that there's no mention of Stan Kasten in this post.  Surely Kasten has something to do with the front office, too, no?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on All Hail The Mighty New Dodgers Front Office

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@Table (dick) As Richard Justice says, "Friedman also needs to find a shorting shortstop if Hanley Ramirez isn't re-signed."

Yes, "a shorting shortstop".  :)

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/100635766/hot-stove-andrew-friedman-theo-epstein-brian-cashman?partnerId=ed-8783673-658620023

3 weeks ago on So about all that Dodgers front office ‘Geek Squad’ stuff

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Congratulations to Mike for his FG article about the Dodgers outfield getting cited on MLBTR:

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/11/west-notes-rockies-gasparino-dodgers-rangers.html

Well done, sir!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on So about all that Dodgers front office ‘Geek Squad’ stuff

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Brandon McCarthy shoots down the comments of another idiot claiming that a GM in MLB must have playing experience:

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/100628184/ryan-theriot-twitter-dodgers-gm-moneyball-doesnt-work

3 weeks, 1 day ago on So about all that Dodgers front office ‘Geek Squad’ stuff

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@Condorave You're giving too much credit to the folks at the LAT who hire.  Remember, these are the same folks who hired Plaschke and Dilbert.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on So about all that Dodgers front office ‘Geek Squad’ stuff

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Sounds like Dilbeck didn't bother to do his journalistic responsibility by familiarizing himself with Zaidi's reputation as the "tools police", someone who isn't just focused on numbers.  So Dilbeck is a shoddy journalist.  And it also sounds like he's attacking Zaidi only because Zaidi went to better colleges than Dilbeck did (if Dilbeck went to college at all).  So Dilbeck is massively insecure, too (and probably not all that bright, either).  I don't know why the Times hires these trolls.  But it may be the reason why we come here to Dodgers Digest for Dodger news and opinions instead of that rag.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on So about all that Dodgers front office ‘Geek Squad’ stuff

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@itsthatguywhodoesstuff Wow, just looked it up, and not only was I right about the dates (Cross hit in 1979, MTV began in 1981), but the Wikipedia entry says pretty much the same thing: "As the 1980s wore on, however, Cross' star quickly dimmed. As MTV grew to dominate the mainstream music scene in the U.S., Cross appearance proved to be a bad fit for the network, and Cross' brand of adult contemporary music declined in popularity."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Cross

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dodgers set to hire Billy Gasparino as scouting director

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@itsthatguywhodoesstuff @nsxtasy People bought his music (at least, that song) for the sound, not for his looks.  Remember, this was before Youtube, even before MTV, I think.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dodgers set to hire Billy Gasparino as scouting director

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@moneynow27  @Disgruntled Goat I love the way tuna grows in the perfect shape to fit in those round flat cans.  :)

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Receives Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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@Spork in the Road Disco Demolition Night!

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Receives Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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@Tymathee Shortstop is an infield position.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Receives Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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@Tymathee I wonder what other posts Mike has already prepared...

"Welcome Max Scherzer, Dodgers are the first team with three pitchers with nine-digit contracts"

"So long Andre Ethier, good luck in Houston"

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Receives Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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Woo hoo!  We re-signed Barry Enright!!!  :)

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Receives Qualifying Offer, Obviously

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>> I just don’t see the point in trading Puig unless he’s literally going around peeing in his teammates’ lockers before games or something.

I would have thought of that as the most outrageous thing possible.  But then came the Olivo-Guerrero Chowdown, and now nothing is too outrageous to consider.  :)

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Mailbag No. 13: Solving The OF Squeeze, Filling The Rotation, Trading Puig

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@TellMyWifeISaidHello @nsxtasy Thank you.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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@foldamort Me gustan churros.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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@P_F_P That's a lengthy, articulate, and well-written post.  And even though it may be buried in comments posted during the NLCS (HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH), it presents a very good case, one with which I agree.  No, Ned was not the best, but he wasn't the worst, either.  Well done, sir.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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Someone - maybe Mike - can you please outline the likely division of responsibilities between the president (Kasten), the president of baseball operations (Friedman), and the GM (TBD)?

Are we the only team that will have THREE top executives, in addition to the owners?  (Yes, I am aware that Kasten is also a part owner as well.)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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How is Friedman generally regarded among knowledgeable baseball experts?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era

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@Old Bearded Donk @nsxtasy If they had won the WS, the Dodgers probably would not have fired him, only because doing so can seem pretty darn embarrassing and they would have feared flak from the non-knowledgeable fan base.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era

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>> we’re talking about decisions made based on a four-game sample size.

I've got to believe that this decision was already being seriously considered before the NLDS began.  I really doubt that the NLDS was the cause, except possibly being merely the "straw that broke the camel's back".

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era

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