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@socalkid21 @Lobo Hey, Socalkid21. Lobo is practically the only one here trying to keep perspective and keep people from the "sky is falling" mentality. Lobo might be only 19, but he's seems more mentally mature and has a more grounded view of baseball than you. So maybe you should take a step back and calm down and re-read what he said. That is, if you have time after all your "big boy" responsibilities. I read what he writes all the time, and if he's using Managing for Dummies, maybe you should read it too. Because you don't hit the panic button and burn down the forest on May 7 when half the team is injured. Sorry the Dodgers ruined your life.
1 year, 5 months ago on D’Backs @ Dodgers, May 7, 2013: What Fresh Hell Tonight?
@EephusBlue @JeffKlein Yeah, I think a minor league deal is more what I had in mind. Not immediately putting him in the rotation. I like getting someone who can work the 5th spot because I prefer Capuano in the bullpen and only doing spot starting.
1 year, 5 months ago on A.J. Ellis, Still the Best
I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts on picking up Jonathan Sanchez who was placed on waivers. He sucked since he went to the AL and played for KC, and didn't do well in his first 3 games in Pittsburgh. But maybe bringing him back to big NL West parks where he's more comfortable. He'd be cheap and a guy at the back end of the rotation.
@Tycho Blue @Paul(am I doing this right?) @JeffKlein @unhelpful comments (VND) Oh and add Gordon to that mix.
1 year, 5 months ago on Giants 4, Dodgers 3: Swept Right Out of Town
@Tycho Blue @Paul(am I doing this right?) @JeffKlein @unhelpful comments (VND) Well, I took that part of it to mean that right now, with the lack of any meaningful depth, they don't have the talent. And regardless of only losing by 1 run each game, I don't think anyone serious thinks an infield consisting of some combination of Cruz, Sellers, Uribe, Schumaker, and even Hairston (or adding Gonzalez to the mix even if he comes back in a few days) is exactly quality. I didn't think Schoenfeld meant June when the Dodgers come back healthy for the most part. Because of course they do when they are healthy, even moderately healthy.
@unhelpful comments (VND) Yeah, I thought the paragraph he wrote was fine. If you are mad about his less-than-serious hyperbole of "Kershaw requesting a trade" then you should be happy about his equally less than serious hyperbole of Uribe developing the plate discipline of Ted Williams.
@LA Woman @JoeyE @Morry @Deuce That's true. Just pointing out that we don't really know all the details that go on behind the scenes. I am on the side of DFA'ing Uribe, though. I generally agree with everyone here who wants him gone.
2 years, 2 months ago on Tough Night for Don Mattingly As Dodgers Lose to Braves in 11
@JoeyE @Morry @Deuce It may not be Colleti's decision to DFA Uribe, for all we know. Ownership would have to eat a lot of money, they may not want to do it.
@JoeyE @ThtsaPaddlin Zing!
2 years, 2 months ago on Dodgers Acquire Joe Blanton
@Frank J Lapidus And we also know that ownership puts it's money where it's mouth is. Good on them!
All I want to say, no matter what happens, it feels good to have ownership and management that's actually committed to winning again.
@DBrim Plus I don't think the Giants would risk taking on that much salary, even if they had a shot.
@Bob Meripol Win loss records for relievers mean almost nothing.
2 years, 3 months ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers August 1, 2012: Fife Hard With a Vengeance
@JakeHorvitz I agree. Abreu can still get on base and he's a smart hitter. When you need a quality bat from a lefty off the bench, I feel comfortable with Abreu. Not sure who I would have moved to make room though.
2 years, 3 months ago on Capuano & Dodgers Downed by Diamondback Dingers
@Gilbert_Venge @EephusBlue @Cadtalfryn Hamilton comes with a lot of red flags. Amazing talent, but big injury risk. If we are going to spend a lot of money, would rather put money into someone less risky - even if the talent is not as great.
@EephusBlue Prior to 2012, he was pretty good. Maybe he can get back to those numbers moving to the NL? Would be nice. Maybe he will be a reverse George Sherrill.
2 years, 3 months ago on Trade Deadline Passes... Quietly?
@EephusBlue Yeah. Me too. Keith Law is notorious for being really harsh on trades that involve relievers. So if he isn't ripping this and giving a somewhat positive spin on that trade then seems like a worthwhile deal. If I take it one step further - for this season, League replaces Lindblom for two fringy prospects. Say, at the very least, League and Lindblom are a wash (though I'd give an edge to League because a good, veteran presence is helpful in the bullpen during a pennant run), you could think about this as two fringy prospects plus Ethan Martin for a solid upgrade in LF. Seems like not a huge price to pay, even though it's a rental.
@Gilbert_Venge Giants have an easier schedule.
From Keith Law Re: Brandon League, if anyone is curious (was written before the Victorino trade):
The Dodgers get a right-handed specialist in League without giving up anything of value, giving the Mariners some salary relief rather than handing over prospects.
League has a plus fastball with great sinking life that generates ground balls, keeping his overall home run rates low because it's hard for hitters to elevate the ball when he keeps it down. His splitter has been an adequate second pitch for him, although he's still shown moderate-to-large platoon splits even since that pitch developed for him, with left-handed batters accounting for six of the seven extra-base hits he's allowed this year and more than half of the total baserunners. He is a free agent after the season, so the Dodgers are just on the hook for about $2 million, but it's not clear to me what need League fills; the Dodgers' bullpen is strong and deep, especially from the right side. Perhaps they feel it frees them up to include Josh Lindblom in a trade, but otherwise, it doesn't seem like the team is better in any meaningful way.
In exchange, the Mariners get two very fringy prospects. Outfielder Leon Landry can run, but his pitch recognition and overall instincts are weak; his swing is pretty short with almost no load, so he lacks power. His stats this year are largely a function of great hitters' parks in the southern half of the high Class A California League, and Landry's age relative to his competition. If he could play center field well, he'd be a good fourth outfielder candidate, but his defense out there remains weak so he doesn't profile even as an extra outfielder right now. Right-hander Logan Bawcom might surface as a middle reliever, but his command right now would make him an up-and-down guy. Despite some tail on his fastball, he doesn't generate enough ground balls to survive without cutting his walk rate.
Start riding that Fife train all the way to October ;-)
@LA Woman @JohnM @EephusBlue I would work a deal that included Sands for Beckett. But not Gordon. A change of scenery to a more pitching friendly environment might do him well.
2 years, 3 months ago on Next Up, Shane Victorino, And More to Come?
@The_Real_Paul @Bill Grabarkewitz @EephusBlue @LA Woman Maybe they are blocking Chris Paul to the Dodgers?
@ThtsaPaddlin @mixdr077 He doesn't strike me as that type of player. He's always been a hardnosed guy.
Broxton to the Reds.
@lafan4life78 @Mike Petriello I like Dempster, if you can get him for cheap. Otherwise, he's not a make or break player for the rotation.
@EephusBlue @Mike Petriello @lafan4life78 I agree. Good hold out by Dodgers management.
@JoeyE @Frank J Lapidus You don't know that.
@MFYG @LA Woman Yes. Free agent in 2014.
@JohnM @LA Woman Yeah, ok. So I see why the Dodgers didn't do the Pence deal. Too costly for him. I see he's a Free Agent in 2014 - arbitration eligible in 2013 (super 2). But still, I know some people have reservations about him in the long term.
So Giants gave up #3 prospect, #14 prospect, and a player off the major league roster to get Pence?
@Deuce @EephusBlue @LA Woman After suffering through McCourt, we know how to play through and work with all kinds of residue.
@EephusBlue I think of it as more of scraping off the dead skin. A cleanse.
Great post! I totally agree and glad to see my thoughts aren't crazy.
@WestonTaylor @DavePomerantz @phattonez7 I feel just fine about myself, before and after this trade. These are all different situations. And, besides, you can't compare what we gave up for Ramirez or what SF gave up for Pence with Cliff Lee. You have to look at what pitchers are going for. Detroit gave up it's #1 prospect. The Angels gave up their #4, #9, and #11 prospects for Greinke. Cliff Lee was not going for cheap, especially because they are happy to just keep him and the rest of their rotation in place for next season. We'd either be taking on a ton of salary and still probably giving up a top prospect or two, or having the Phillies eat a lot of that contract and give up a boat load of prospects which we don't have.
2 years, 3 months ago on Brandon League Arrives, But What’s Next?
@WestonTaylor @DavePomerantz @phattonez7 I'm fairly certain the Dodgers don't have the pieces for Cliff Lee trade. And wouldn't be thrilled about paying his huge contract through age 37. He's starting to lose a little dominance, could be an ugly last couple years with him. But know one really knows. The reality is that the Dodgers probably didn't have the pieces for him. Again, look at what Detroit gave up for Anibal Sanchez.
@WestonTaylor @DavePomerantz@phattonez7 Lee's asking price is very high I'm sure. Not to mention how much salary you are taking on for a guy whose already 33. I'm sure you would hate whatever deal was worked out for him.
@WestonTaylor @phattonez7 So everyone loved the Ramirez deal and said Kasten did great. But these two deals everyone is blaming Ned. I don't get that.
@WestonTaylor Well, I do agree with you in theory. I don't agree that it's a given he will implode in the playoffs. We just don't know I don't see any potential aces on the market. Even guys like Josh Johnson, who is awesome but has injury history, had a high asking price. Look at what Detroit had to give up for Anibal Sanchez - who I love, but is not an ace. Me thinks you would not like what Dodgers had to give up to get the type of player you are talking about. That's assuming the Dodgers would even have the pieces.
@LakerDodger24 Voice of reason!
@WestonTaylor He's a good #3, maybe even a #2. He's an upgrade. We don't know what Lily will be like when, and if, he returns. Harang scares me. And who knows when Capuano's dream season will end - he's been roughed up lately. Dempster is having a spectacular year so hopefully that will continue. It doesn't sound like they were going to give up that much for him anyway.
@el serracho @efb That's true. Maybe he won't be. I think he will. Cruz has been playing well, and Gordon needs more seasoning, so maybe he goes back to Albuquerque.
@WestonTaylor Well, he'll be our #3, not like we are asking him to anchor the rotation.
@efb I like Gordon dropping down to the 7 spot. I've been saying this for a while, that we need a better lead off guy. It will help Gordon's hitting by taking a lot of pressure off of him. For a guy who shouldn't even be in the majors, asking him to lead off is tough.
Dodgers management has decided to go for it. They needed to improve the line up to make a deep run. Adding Victorino improves defense, more speed on the basepaths, and gives us a solid lead off batter. Ethan Martin isn't going to help us this year and there are some questions about him in the minors. Hate losing Josh Lindblom, but League will fill that void. So I'm giving up Lindblom to improve LF. And what we gave up for League is not that much - an OF'er that's blocked by Kemp, Ethier, and Puig and a low level RH reliever that is replaceable. Dodgers are putting together good pieces at little cost to give the team a serious shot.
@el serracho @Cadtalfryn In my opinion, people are unrealistic.
@Cadtalfryn People are unrealistic here.
@MFYG You're upset about losing Bawcom?
@DavePomerantz Cubs were not going to pay a lot of the Soriano contract. I think Soriano is a cancer in the clubhouse and is lazy. Victorino hustles and will blend in with the team better.
@MFYG What "depth" did we trade?