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@Weston T @†ymathee @Purple Drank @PagansOedipalComplex @Disgruntled Goat Oh, and why do I hate the Cubs?  Because they're losers whose fans still fill the ballpark, giving management no incentive to spend on player salaries.  Which is why they don't, despite being in one of the biggest markets.  Last year they were what, around 27th in team payroll.  And this year they're not much higher than that.

Some managements are happy to screw the team as long as it still brings in big profits.  And the Cubs are one of those teams.

Also, shame on the fans for falling for that scam and buying tickets anyway.

1 day, 12 hours ago on One Week To Go, Who Makes It To Opening Day?

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@Weston T @†ymathee @Purple Drank @PagansOedipalComplex @Disgruntled Goat I hate the Cubs, but not for that reason.  It's management's prerogative to keep a player in the minors for two weeks so they can extend them for a year.  Heck, I bet all 30 front offices would do that (and any who don't, are stupid).

But this goes back to Mike's excellent suggestion, that the CBA be changed so that, basically, to get that extra year, you have to wait to call up a guy till mid-season rather than two weeks into the season.

1 day, 12 hours ago on One Week To Go, Who Makes It To Opening Day?

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@BlueMarvin (Not Freaking Out) @Weston T If there were a "love" button, I'd hit it for that post.

1 day, 12 hours ago on One Week To Go, Who Makes It To Opening Day?

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@†ymathee They could, but as you note, only with a minor league contract.  Nothing to get so excited about.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Who is David Huff and why is he going to break camp with the Dodgers?

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Correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm guessing - the two opt-out dates noted (May 1 and June 5) mean, he could become a FA if he's not on the 25-man on May 1, and even if he stays, again do the same on June 5... right?

I also assume he doesn't need to be placed onto the 40-man roster until he's needed on the 25-man.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Who is David Huff and why is he going to break camp with the Dodgers?

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What surprises me about this possibility - and I'm not doubting it's true, but it surprises me - is not that David Huff could make the team, but rather, that they would keep a spot for a long man in the bullpen.  Both because long men are disappearing (as the Fangraphs article in the link notes), and because it seems like they would only keep a guy as a temporary starter while Ryu isn't available, otherwise send him down.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Who is David Huff and why is he going to break camp with the Dodgers?

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@DBrim @nsxtasy Ah, gotcha.  Thanks.

4 days, 2 hours ago on Brandon League Helps Clear Up The 40-Man Roster Crunch

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Why does Olivera need to be added to the 40-man roster immediately if he's going to start the season in the minors?

4 days, 2 hours ago on Brandon League Helps Clear Up The 40-Man Roster Crunch

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@PagansOedipalComplex @nsxtasy My point, though, is that you're then forced to DFA someone now (because you need their space on the 40-man) and then DFA someone else later (because you need their space on the 25-man).  And you wouldn't need to do either if you put the guys with options in the 'pen instead.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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@PagansOedipalComplex @nsxtasy So let's say we add Santos to the 25-man on OD, and lose Bolsinger and Barney for him and Olivera.  So the OD bullpen has Santos and Paco.  When Jansen and League come back, Paco can get sent down, but will we have to DFA someone (Santos or someone else) to get Jansen and League back on the 25-man?  IIRC, Santos becomes a FA if he's not on the 25-man after May 1, so he can't get optioned to the minors (at least, not without his consent).

4 days, 11 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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Incidentally, the above article assumes that at least one NRI reliever is added to the 40-man, along with Olivera.  Meaning that we will prefer holding onto that NRI reliever rather than keeping Bolsinger or Barney, whoever gets DFA'ed instead.  That's a legitimate decision.  If instead they decide they would rather hold onto that person instead of adding a NRI to the 40-man, they could do so by filling out the last couple of spots in the bullpen with roster guys with options (Baez, Yimi, Liberatore, Paco) instead of the NRI guy(s).  At least guys with options can get sent down when Jansen and League return; that may not be true with NRI guys, so we not only lose someone when they get added to the 40-man, but also lose them when we need their space on the 25-man.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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@Mike Petriello @nsxtasy In 2014, the Dodgers designated the following players for assignment: Justin Sellers and Javy Guerra (both during ST), Mike Baxter, Nick Buss, Jamie Romak, Clint Robinson, Scott Elbert, Chone Figgins, Colt Hynes, Carlos Triunfel, Red Patterson.  All of whom were on the 40-man (honest - you can look it up) and NONE of whom will be missed as much as Barney or Bolsinger might be.  Too bad we don't have a Nick Buss or a Jamie Romak type on the 40-man now!  (Of course, it's not really too bad - this means we have more depth, more good players towards the bottom, than we had in the past.)

4 days, 11 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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My, how things change quickly.  It was only what, last year? that it was easy to see players with no value getting DFA'ed, and we'd shrug because probably no other team wanted them, and even if they did it was no great loss.  Now, we're talking about the possibility of losing players who have significant value and will almost certainly get claimed on waivers.  That's what having such depth will do for you.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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Huh?  I thought Brad Penny retired several years ago.

5 days, 5 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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I love this article.  The Mets say "we'd like to have one of your pitchers, but we can't afford to pay them, so we certainly don't want to give you anything significant in return."  :)  http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/03/mets-monitoring-dodgers-lefty-relievers.html

5 days, 5 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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Best headline for an article about our newest acquisition: "It's Olivera Now, Baby Blue" - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=25877

(apologies to those too young to remember Bob Dylan)

5 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Casey the DeliMan @deblue Fangraphs and BP are projecting around 94 wins, which would be the same as last year.  Sounds about right to me, with an equal chance of going over that number as under.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@ABSmileBunch @Batted Bob @deblue @PagansOedipalComplex Better depth not only in the rotation, but all over the team.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@deblue Go to dodgers.com and click on SCHEDULE.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@666foldamort My favorite place for lunch in the Southland is Musso & Frank's in Hollywood.  Especially on Thursdays, when they serve their chicken pot pie!!!  Another tip - they have cheap validated parking in the lot behind the restaurant, and a rear entrance from that lot.  Since 1919 (Charlie Chaplin ate there a lot).  http://www.mussoandfrank.com

5 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Batted Bob @ABSmileBunch I think we should still remember Eugenio Velez around here.

I know BA doesn't matter, but 0 for 37 stinks no matter what anybody says.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Purple Drank Don't forget, about 74 percent of MLB at bats are against RHP.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@†ymathee @Casey the DeliMan @efb The big question is whether there will be a full year of health for both Hanley and Kemp.  History shows the odds are long on that.  And if they're not healthy, whatever the ISO is, is only relevant for the portion of the season in which they play (and will be worse whenever they are playing hurt).  Remember, this is Hanley and Kemp.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@uosɹədəɔıu sɹəƃpop ʎɹəʌ™ Los Angeles is in the American South.  :P

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@ABSmileBunch @Dustin Nosler Based on the games I've attended, I nominate the fans at Busch Stadium as the WORST in baseball.

However, the perp who did this may not have been a baseball fan.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@uosɹədəɔıu sɹəƃpop ʎɹəʌ™ Missouri is not the South.

The sad part, though, is that incident could have happened ANYWHERE.  Including L.A. (look at Bryan Stow), Chicago (where I live), etc.  All it takes is one idiot bigot.  And there are idiot bigots everywhere.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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I want to know (in 25 words or less) what Mike said about Bumgarner.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@BlueMarvin (Not Freaking Out) No, because the Gordon deal could not have gotten done without Haren.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@ABSmileBunch @nsxtasy @Purple Drank @Table (dick) Yes, but OTOH if he needs surgery in the first year, that matters less than in subsequent years, since we already have a full complement of infielders this year.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@ABSmileBunch @nsxtasy @Table (dick) If you forget the money (which doesn't matter to us), and look at the players we gave up and the players we gained, five of the six deals are great.  The only significant player we gave up was Kemp.  Remember, we didn't give up any of our top prospects - not just the "big three", but no one who mattered.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Lobo @TheConman @Mike Petriello I can't read the article for some reason.

Probably because I didn't pay to subscribe to ESPN Insider.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Purple Drank @Table (dick) But the extra option year takes that risk into account.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@ABSmileBunch @Table (dick) The survey resulted in similar overall scores for all the moves.  Which means either (a) all the moves were about the same, in terms of how smart they were, or (b) most people answered the same thing for every move, and didn't give much thought to one being any better than another.  Alex, I'd like to take answer (b) for $1000.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@uosɹədəɔıu sɹəƃpop ʎɹəʌ™ So is Kevin Correia, but that doesn't mean we have to go around saying he's any good.  :)

Note, we used to say things like this about Eugenio Velez.  I guess his 15 minutes have come and gone.

5 days, 12 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Dave! (Or Justin Turner, Maybe) @nsxtasy Lest we forget, it wasn't long ago that the Dodgers had mediocre players on both rosters - 25-man and 40-man - so giving up a roster spot was no big deal.  Seems like those days are gone now.

Which is A GOOD THING!

5 days, 12 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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It's extremely likely that we get more value for this $63MM than for the similar amount owed to Andre Ethier.  Just sayin'.

5 days, 12 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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Bottom line to this article - it's only money, and didn't force us to give up any players (via trade), or the ability to sign any players (as in the international prospect market).

5 days, 12 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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>> The Dodgers could either look to extend/re-sign Kendrick or fill his spot with the likes of Turner, Guerrero, Darwin Barney and/or Darnell Sweeney.

I love the way a QO turns into a nice draft pick!

5 days, 12 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@ABSmileBunch @Mike Petriello The problem is that catchers don't receive starts on a random basis, and pitching staffs aren't all equal either.  For example, if - as widely assumed - AJ gets most of the starts catching Kershaw, AJ's contributions will seem huge, but how much of it is actually attributable to him and not the pitcher, well, you can see how that's a problem.  Another example would be whoever catches a team with a bad pitching staff, or a pitching staff that pitches half its games in Denver (or both).

6 days, 14 hours ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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>> the Dodgers also have Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner, who have both seen time at first base in major-league games.

So has Uribe.  And Ethier, a bit too.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@MrBlue214 How do you know when a car salesman is lying to you?

Whenever you can see his lips move.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Dodgers Spend A Ton Of Money On Hector Olivera, Because They Can

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@TheConman @nsxtasy The Dodgers have five division titles and six playoff appearances in the past 11 years.  Yes, even under McCourt.

During the same period, the Gnats have two division titles and three playoff appearances.  And three frickin' rings.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Dodgers Spend A Ton Of Money On Hector Olivera, Because They Can

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A half hour ago, Mike posted a link to his article about Coors Field.  Interesting and excellent, as usual.

But the sentence in that article that sticks in my craw is this one: "Entering their 23rd season, the Rockies have won more than 83 games just twice".  It sticks in my craw because during that period, the Rockies went to the World Series, and the Dodgers didn't.  The damn playoffs are such a crapshoot.  Crappy teams like the Rockies and the Royals get to the Series, and some crappy teams (like the 2014 Gnats) even manage to win.  The Dodgers are perennial contenders, but haven't been for the past 26 seasons.  Grrr...

6 days, 15 hours ago on Dodgers Spend A Ton Of Money On Hector Olivera, Because They Can

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