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Three of our four have only one year left on their contracts (Hi, Adrian), and at least two of those are highly unlikely to be re-signed.  The 2016 infield will almost certainly be considerably younger.

1 week, 3 days ago on How Old Is Too Old For the Dodgers Infield?

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When do the prospects start getting interesting?

1 week, 4 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: No. 75-51

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@Purple Drank @Disgruntled Goat All contracts by that team are made out of a Satan sheet.  :)

1 week, 4 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: No. 75-51

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It seems like the only way to acquire an ace, after his arbitration years, is either (a) by free agency, which means overpaying for his age 34-37 (or so) years, or (b) by trade, which means overpaying with players in addition to having to pay a big salary.

1 week, 5 days ago on Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

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@I Am PFP And So Can You Except for Packers fans.  :)

1 week, 5 days ago on Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

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@just Paul  @nsxtasy @Jeremy_N I don't care if they do it with an insane payroll.  Either way is fine, with or without.  :)

1 week, 5 days ago on Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

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@cvrinc I agree.  Too bad I almost always see them in their road grays.

1 week, 5 days ago on Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

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@ABSmileBunch My biggest concern is about how the playoffs seem to be such a crapshoot, rather than the better team having a better chance of winning.

1 week, 5 days ago on Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

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@TheConman But the question remains, is there a house that's a big GOAT?  For you-know-who.  :)

1 week, 5 days ago on Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

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Don't forget, Kershaw can opt out too, after the 2018 season...

1 week, 5 days ago on Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

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@Jeremy_N >> i think the FO will make the right moves

Me too.  But it's also worth noting that this is a whole new feeling.  I didn't have the same level of confidence with the previous FO.

Me like!

1 week, 5 days ago on Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

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@0ptimus Yup.  Especially with eleventy billion relievers as NRI's.  :)

1 week, 5 days ago on One Whole Year Of Dodgers Digest

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@Tymathee Netscape 0wnz joo

1 week, 5 days ago on One Whole Year Of Dodgers Digest

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@ABSmileBunch @Tymathee @VietnamPadre You can always do your own taxes, but have an accountant to consult with you by answering questions you're not sure about how to handle.  Such as the one you bring up.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: No. 100-76

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@Disgruntled Goat @isanz33 Yes, unless we extend him first.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@moneynow27  @nsxtasy IOW - the Nats knock off the Cardinals, before we have to face them in the NLCS.  :)

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@moneynow27  @nsxtasy I'm looking on the bright side.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@Sangro Azul Nobody's in play until the government says go.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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So we can all hope that the Nationals face the Cardinals in the NLDS this year.  :)

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@capnsparrow  The Cubs certainly have a glut of shortstops.  I'm not sure they would trade Russell rather than Castro.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@capnsparrow  If Rizzo is on the phone with Epstein, Rizzo could trade for Rizzo.  :)

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@Purple Drank @nsxtasy @DodgerDodger Doesn't make it worth a whole lot less, actually.

The big hit is still using present value instead of actual dollars.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@Amblin @nsxtasy I think the Nats would ask for at least one, maybe two, of our top four prospects.  And we should say no to that.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@Purple Drank @nsxtasy @DodgerDodger That's a good analysis - but it points out how ANY $210 million contract isn't a present value of $210 million.  For example, if the contract were for $30MM/year for 7 years, the present value (assuming an optimistic 7 percent interest rate) would be $161 million.  Yet we would all call that a $210 million contract.  So in that respect, a $210 million contract is NEVER a $210 million contract.  The fact that it's spread out even further into the future makes it worth a little less than that, but the bigger difference is the fact that discounted present value is not the same thing as actual dollars.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@Amblin Do you mean, how much would we have to give up to get him, or how much would we have to pay to extend him?

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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Nice article in SoE about how teams are no longer all that eager to "go all in" by sacrificing the future to "win now":

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/106659128/mlb-wins-losses-2014-offseason-regular-season

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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Wow, I can't believe Scherzer is getting the same $210MM for his age 30-36 seasons as Kershaw is for ages 26-32.  Good for him!  It improves the Nats slightly, at least for the first few years, but that's a whole lotta money.  And they lose a draft pick too.  Now I'm REALLY glad the Dodgers didn't hop on that bandwagon!

1 week, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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@package206 @nsxtasy @OSaltyOne Well, I think Urias and Seager would be the least expendable, just because they both are looking like they are going to be superstars.  So I would have to go with Pederson or Holmes as most expendable.  That may be just because they're not as much of a sure thing as the other two.  But giving up Pederson would leave a hole in the lineup, as well as in center field, so I don't think we would do that.  Holmes, maybe - not because he isn't promising, but because we have other promising pitchers too.  (In addition to Urias, I wouldn't be surprised if Jose De Leon got a top prospect ranking in another year.)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@PagansOedipalComplex @nsxtasy Yeah, like an Albuquerque lineup.  For the exact same reason.  :)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@package206 @nsxtasy @OSaltyOne Yup.  Obviously he needs time, and there's no such thing as a sure thing, especially for someone at the low levels of the minors.  But I think he's a top prospect.  I also think there's a big gap in potential between him as #4, and whoever is #5.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@package206 @nsxtasy @OSaltyOne And I said I wouldn't want to trade any of them for a three-month rental.  I didn't make a flat-out statement that I would never be willing to trade any of them.  Not that I want to trade them, either, but I would expect a lot in return.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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I was reading how the Rockies are willing to trade Charlie Blackmon, so I looked up his home-away splits for this past season.  OPS .915 home, .617 away.  Wow!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@OSaltyOne @nsxtasy You know I was just joking, right?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@OSaltyOne Stop posting comments on DoDi.  :)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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So when the Dodgers are televised nationally on non-subscription networks like ESPN, Fox, and MLB Network, is the game carried in L.A. by Time Warner, or is it blacked out?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@DINGERS!  I think the only reason Zack would not opt out would be if either (a) he has an off year in 2015 (not necessarily bad, but bad FOR HIM), or (b) Scherzer's actual contract makes it look like Zack might not get much more than he's already got committed.

Oh, and unless I'm mistaken, Zack would have to decide whether or not to return at a point in time when Price and Cueto will not yet have signed a FA contract, unless it's an extension with their current team (whatever team that happens to be by the end of the 2015 season).

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@PagansOedipalComplex I agree.  They're similar - some of Price's stats are ever so slightly better - but Price is two years younger, and that's a significant difference.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@package206 @Purple Drank @nsxtasy Also, I'd be willing to trade any other prospect in the system right now for a three-month rental.  Just not the big 4.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@package206 @Purple Drank @nsxtasy I would not want to give up one of our top 4 prospects for a three-month rental.  That's a one-sided deal.

Hamels would not be a three-month rental, so I'd at least consider it.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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@PagansOedipalComplex I'd be happy with either one.  Better yet, both!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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I like the idea of not going for Shields/Scherzer, especially since it means losing a draft pick.  I like the possibility of picking up an ace in a deadline trade from a team that isn't contending and doesn't care about losing an expiring contract.  Doing it that way means not giving up a draft pick, of course.  In addition to Cueto (an ace) and Samardzija (not an ace IMHO), David Price may be available also, if Detroit doesn't do all that well this year.  (But I would guess that Detroit's chances are better than the Reds or Sox.)

Also, while we're all thinking about the 2015 season right now, we face the possible loss of Greinke for 2016, so it would be nice if we could not only pick up Cueto or Price for this year, but sign him (and/or Greinke) to an extension.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

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John Fox.  Hooray!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Dodgers Avoid Arbitration Entirely, Because Dodgers

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@capnsparrow  We didn't start last season with Fauxsto or Correia, either.  They came in because of injuries, which by their nature are unexpected.  Let's hope the boys can stay healthy this year.  (Our two big often-injured hitters are gone now, though, so there's that.)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Dodgers Avoid Arbitration Entirely, Because Dodgers

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So no Dodgers are going to salary arbitration.  Good.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Important Yasiel Puig Update

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@I Am PFP And So Can You Outlook cloudy, try again later.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Chris Heisey Gets Paid Actual American Dollars

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@I Am PFP And So Can You Or, you can also ask the Magic Eight Ball.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Chris Heisey Gets Paid Actual American Dollars

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