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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
>> 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
@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
@CodyStumpo Too many outfielders. I've heard of that concept.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox
@DodgerBytes @Omer (beercoozie) For the springtime. Please come to Boston for the springtime.
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?
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
But what about a post for Buck Britton? :)
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
@LiterallyPFP @nsxtasy I was thanking Mike.
1 week ago on Dodgers Lose Onelki, Add Lee, Schebler, Reed
Thanks for the excellent perspective.
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
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
@- Casey - You forgot HBP as an outcome.
1 week, 3 days ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: 2B Dee Gordon
>> 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?
@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
2 weeks ago on Clayton Kershaw, Most Valuable Everything
@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?
@Raul Franklin @Mike Petriello Isn't that our minor-league team in Great Lakes? :)
Miguel Olivo is also available. I'm ready to hear more about him; I'm all ears. :)
@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
Odd that there's no mention of Stan Kasten in this post. Surely Kasten has something to do with the front office, too, no?
@Superba big > small
3 weeks ago on So about all that Dodgers front office ‘Geek Squad’ stuff
@Superba good > bad
@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". :)
@Table (dick) http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/11/white-sox-receiving-interest-in-alexei-ramirez.html
So maybe we'll have another year with Ramirez at shortstop after all! :)
Congratulations to Mike for his FG article about the Dodgers outfield getting cited on MLBTR:
Well done, sir!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on So about all that Dodgers front office ‘Geek Squad’ stuff
Brandon McCarthy shoots down the comments of another idiot claiming that a GM in MLB must have playing experience:
@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.
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.
@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
@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.
@itsthatguywhodoesstuff Ride Like The Wind.
@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
@Disgruntled Goat @Dave! (Or Justin Turner, Maybe) @SabrDodgers He means HamRam and Arrey.
@Spork in the Road Disco Demolition Night!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Hanley Ramirez Receives Qualifying Offer, Obviously
@Tymathee Shortstop is an infield position.
@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"
Woo hoo! We re-signed Barry Enright!!! :)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Mailbag No. 13: Solving The OF Squeeze, Filling The Rotation, Trading Puig
>> 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. :)
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @nsxtasy Thank you.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman
@foldamort Me gustan churros.
@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.
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
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.)
How is Friedman generally regarded among knowledgeable baseball experts?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era
@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.
>> 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".