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>> Why not just exercise Ellis’ 2014 option when you had the chance?
Exactly. It's also worth noting that the option would only have cost the Dodgers $4.75 million more than the $1 million they had to pay him anyway to get out of the option.
2 days, 19 hours ago on What If Mark Ellis Returned For Some Reason?
New bullpen acquisitions/signings: None
Significant bullpen losses: Belisario, Tolleson, Howell, Wilson
(Although there's a report that we're close to signing Wilson on a one-year deal)
3 days, 18 hours ago on So Long, Ronald Belisario
@dodgersdan @nsxtasy @DBrim Well, SOMEBODY sure doesn't have a sense of humor. You post stuff with a smiley and an a-hole mod dumps on you...
2 weeks, 3 days ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #20: CF Matt Kemp
@DBrim There is nothing wrong with the grammar in that sentence. Do you exist only to show that you don't know what grammar is?
>> Kemp didn’t hit just two homers in the first two months.
Then how many DID he hit? :)
@Alan Nordoc According to MLBTR, the Dodgers are still interested in bringing back Uribe. Doesn't mean it will happen, especially in the unlikely event another team offers him three years - what could go wrong with that, right? :) - but apparently they're talking.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on It’s Quiet. Too Quiet.
@steelmohawk Josh might not get many starts with the Dodgers, since the Dodgers have lots of other possibilities, most of whom didn't suck in 2013.
@Weston Taylor @dodgerfn91 In his career, Kinsler has played 1,029 games at second base (where we already have Guerrero), 1 game (2 innings) at third base, and 0 games anywhere else in the field. No thanks.
@Omer (beercoozie) SF picked up Hudson instead.
For the rotation, the Dodgers can wait for the posting process to get sorted out. If they don't pick up anyone, there are internal options. Not great ones, but acceptable ones.
The one huge gap on the team is a starting third baseman. And given the thin market, they'd be better off moving sooner rather than later.
@capnsparrow @Mike Petriello @nsxtasy As Mike correctly notes, I indicated that if we want to promote to the bigs anyone not already on the 40-man, we would need to use an opening for them. I didn't say anything about needing the opening right now for rule 5 protection for those players.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Deadline Nearing To Protect Prospects From Rule V Draft
@KMT59 And there's a feline hidden in the bottom part of the robe. :)
>> The Dodgers currently have eight open spots on the 40-man, some of which they’ll certainly need for any new major league acquisitions, but do remember there’s some gamesmanship here.
Yup. Granted, we will need spots for any new acquisitions, which might include a starting third baseman and three bench infielders (unless you plan on using Gordon and/or Sellers for that purpose - I wouldn't), as well as any new starting pitchers (please please Tanaka), and anyone we might promote from the minors (perhaps Lee or Stripling). OTOH that assumes no one will start the season on the 60-day DL, and I would guess that Bills and perhaps Beckett or Elbert might fall into that category, thus opening up more spots on the 40-man, at least temporarily. Also additional spots could be opened on the 40-man by DFA'ing players such as Butera, Baxter, Sellers, and/or Buss, none of whom would likely be claimed by doing so. Bottom line, although eight open spots doesn't seem like much, it would be easy enough to open up more if needed.
>> The 2010 college draftees ... The only real intriguing names there are ... Red Patterson>> As best as I can tell, the other semi-notable names in addition to the ones we’ve mentioned already would be ... Red PattersonAnd in addition to the ones we've mentioned, one other name to consider is Red Patterson .And also don't forget Red Patterson .:)
>> As best as I can tell, the other semi-notable names in addition to the ones we’ve mentioned already would be ... Red Patterson
And in addition to the ones we've mentioned, one other name to consider is Red Patterson .
And also don't forget Red Patterson .
>> Juan Gonzalez — not that one, sadly — is also in the mix after seven years in the Colorado organization.
As usual, clicking on the link goes to the wrong one. The right one is here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=gonzal009jua
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Dodgers Sign a Bunch Of Guys You’ve Never Heard Of
Roster fodder for the minors.
@Chris Jackson He also pitched in two games in 2011.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #17: LF Scott Van Slyke
@SpaceDodger (math cat) That's reason number 369 out of 5,378 reasons not to get a cat.
Kershaw was the only pitcher to go long this year. With one HR for 77 AB, he showed more power than infielders Gordon, Hairston, Cruz, Punto, and Schumaker (all of whom had at least one HR), and Young, Herrera, and Buss (who had none).
@PagansOedipalComplex I am hoping that they would still consider Tanaka if he became available.
I think this strategy - not taking anyone on longer than a two-year deal - makes perfect sense when you consider that, other than Tanaka, there is no true "ace" out there in free agency. If there were anyone comparable to say Zack Greinke, I think the Dodgers would make it happen with an expensive long-term deal, just like they did last winter. But you don't want to go long-term (say 4+ years) with a pitcher who's a typical #2-3 type starter and where you're probably paying top dollar for their age 34+ seasons as part of the contract, and other than Tanaka, those are the best options out there (Garza, etc). Better to get a shorter less expensive deal on a #4 type guy and hope that you get results either from him or from one of the in-house questionable options (Beckett, Fife, Magill, Bills, Lee, Stripling, Reed).