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It really depends on health of Crawford. Crawford was healthier last year and while he wasn't great, he played well early on and also in the playoffs.
I think if Crawford continues to get healthier and they manage his usage right, he can be more productive, overall, than Ethier because I still think Crawford can steal 30 bases, hit 10+ HRs. As long as his avg. is around .280 and his OBP. around .330, he's an asset, offensively.
5 days, 6 hours ago on Hanley Ramirez Extension Could Happen Soon
Oh I agree, but its an angle the Red Sox could play up and use for PR.
I agree that Ned isn't factoring that in, just saying that its pretty well known that Ethier and Pedroia are buddies from their ASU days.
Agree, and I think they will. If the Dodgers make Ethier a $10 mill/yr player for them, then they could probably get Middlebrooks.
Ethier gets to reunite with his buddy, Pedroia, and would thrive in that park and in the AL East.
I like the idea of Ethier for Middlebrooks, with the Dodgers eating some money.
When the alternative is giving up a boatload of prospects AND shelling
out a big contract for David Price, I think the Dodgers will settle for
just shelling out the $20 mill and big bucks for a contract on Tanaka.
1 week ago on Give Us All Of The Tanaka, Please
If the Dodgers needed pitching more maybe I would swap Fernandez for Puig, but with the Dodgers' current roster, now way would I do that.
Puig is more valuable to the Dodgers because he's an every day player and should bring a great combo of power, speed and very good defense in RF.
Dodgers already have Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu so they have a decent foundation of starting pitching. Puig brings the Dodgers a lot they need.
1 month ago on Yasiel Puig Isn’t Going To Win Rookie of the Year, And That’s Okay
@Mike Petriello @jml2279 IMO, that's when you will even get anything close to legitimate rumors. And even the info floated around by some of these media guys will be exaggerated or flat out wrong.
1 month ago on The Dodgers Will Trade An Outfielder, Unless They Don’t
@capnsparrow @EEstaris Yeah, signings are what matter and most of those likely ain't happening until December.
Rumors in November are pointless. Once GMs meet next week, they will get a real feel for how viable trades are.
Then, things will really pick up at the Winter Meetings in December.
I don't put much import into anything being said right now.
@PagansOedipalComplex @EEstaris Its an over pay, but for 1 season? A team with the money like the Dodgers can certainly afford it.
I mean they need to maintain the bullpen and its not like there are tons of options out there.
For most teams, yes, it makes no sense. For the Dodgers? I could see it.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Dodgers and the Qualifying Offer
For a big money team like the Dodgers, giving a qualifying offer to Wilson. Has merit. While a large dollar amount, its only for 1 season.
And it pretty much guarantees you get Wilson for another year, which is what you ideally want. I'd do it.
I would sign Eric Chavez to platoon with Uribe (re-sign him, of course) at 3B. I like Mike's idea for Van Slyke as the 1B/OF/RH power bat. I'd have Brendan Ryan for the defensive SS. Last, I would re-sign Punto as a utility player who can cover 2B/SS/3B.
E.Chavez, Van Slyke, B.Ryan, Punto and FedEx.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Improving the 2014 Dodgers: The Bench
@EephusBlue @EEstaris @Batted Bob @Dang88 @Mike Petriello Yeah, that's interesting. Certainly gives advantages to big market teams. Pretty sure Tanaka would want to negotiate with the Dodgers over a smaller market team since the Dodgers are flush with cash. If that's the case, then I like the Dodgers' chances to get Tanaka.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Let’s Get To Know Masahiro Tanaka
@Batted Bob @EEstaris @Dang88 @Mike Petriello I see. I didn't know that. So I'm confused. Isn't the whole point of posting a player for teams to bid against each other to win the right to negotiate with the posted player? How can 3 teams win that right?
@Dang88 @EEstaris @Mike Petriello No, I believe the team who wins the posting bid has exclusive contract negotiation rights with Tanaka.
The posting fee does not go against the salary cap so the Yanks can bid as high as they want with that and then whatever the AAV is for the contract goes against the salary cap.
@Mike Petriello I think its either the Yankees or Dodgers. I think a smart way for them to stay under that $189 million threshold is to win the bid on Tanaka and then try and play a little hard ball to keep the AAV on his salary too big. I see the Yanks offering up a huge posting fee (ie. $60 mill) and then maybe only offering around $10 to $12 mill a year on the contract. Tanaka will take it because the Yanks have exclusive rights of negotiation.
If the Dodgers win tonight, then the Cards are looking at a scenario where the Dodgers have to win 3 games and two of those will be started by Kershaw and another one by Greinke.
One other thing to consider is that the Cards' starters are all RHPs and if Ethier is healthy enough to play in CF for this series, then a LOT of the Dodgers' quality hitters (Crawford, AGon, Ethier) will be batting from their better side.
Everything seems to lineup that the Dodgers should win this series in 6 games. We'll see what happens.
2 months ago on Game 1 — And the NLCS? — Hinges On Joe Kelly
I do like Wilson's resurgence, but I still think Donnie will rely heavily on Beli and Paco in the playoffs, as he should, IMO.
Their issues of late, IMO, reek of over usage. I really hope Donnie uses both of them sparingly the last few games. I honestly feel like if he does that, then Beli and Paco will be better for the playoffs.
With the off days that playoff baseball brings, Beli and Paco should get enough rest to be fresh enough for the post season, as long as they are used sparingly to end the season.
But now with Wilson and Withrow pitching so well, the Dodgers bullpen looks very formidable:
Withrow, Howell, Wilson, Paco, Beli and Jansen
Those 6, when going well, are about as good a bullpen as you will find in baseball.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on So Brian Wilson Is the Setup Man Now, Isn’t He
Good article, Mike.
For me, I would go with Marmol for the 11th pitcher and Dee Gordon for the 14th position player. Gordon can be a late weapon as a pinch runner (like we've seen with Billy Hamilton). I like Van Slyke, but 5 OFs is enough. Hairston Jr. is the likely pick, but he should not be on the postseason roster based on how ineffective he's been this year.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Okay, Now We Can Talk About the Dodger Playoff Roster
@Mike Petriello @EEstaris Yeah, the media is really going to beat the drum about the Dodgers trading one of their star outfielders.
Frankly, I just don't know if the Dodgers can afford to. Kemp, Ethier and Crawford have all shown their penchant for getting injured and any of them could easily sustain injuries that take up most of the season (as Kemp & Crawford have both shown in their careers).
Puig plays so hard that he's an injury waiting to happen.
I mean, yes, the OF would be very expensive, but we are also talking about a Dodger team that is going to average around $300 mill a year in TV rights revenue from Time Warner starting in 2014, up from around $40 mill that Fox gave the Dodgers for this year (2013). So now the Dodgers will get an increase of over $250 mill a year. The salary for the 4 OFs will probably be around $65-$70 million dollars. Expensive, but affordable for this team.
I think unless the Dodgers get full value for one of them (ie. a quality SP, 2B or 3B player/prospect while the Dodgers eat some (not the majority) of the money), they will stand pat for 2014.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Return of Matt Kemp?