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@Mike Petriello Yasiel Puig needs his own reality show ASAP! I'd eagerly anticipate every episode!
Puig is just pure entertainment, on and off the field!
6 months, 1 week ago on The Right And Wrong Ways To Criticize The 2014 Dodgers
@RA_S Totally agree. Everyone is worrying about being 7.5 games behind SF, but if the playoffs started today, the Dodgers would be a wild card in the playoffs and a definite threat to go deep.
If the Dodgers get in the playoffs, they have as good a chance as any team to win it all. In a series, their Big 3 of Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu is as good as it gets.
@Chad Moriyama Not sure on who to replace him with, but not being stuck with a 6 year dear worth $23 mill/yr would be a better place to be in.
I like the idea of signing guys only up til their age 35 year. Even that is pushing it, but at least its not until a guy gets into his late 30's, when most likely they will be pretty well declined.
10 months ago on The Time To Extend Hanley Ramirez Is Now
@Lobo @EEstaris @Chad Moriyama Agree. That's why I said I'd offer him the 5 years now.
@Chad Moriyama @EEstaris You're probably right, but I'd draw the line at 5 years. If he gets 6 or 7 years elsewhere, I'd let him walk. Too much, IMO.
@Chad Moriyama @EEstaris Oops. sorry Chad.
I'd offer Hanley the low end of Brim's range (5 yrs, $100 mill) and if he doesn't take it, wait it out.
It can't hurt to have a motivated Hanley for 2014.
If the Dodgers win the World Series and he plays a big role, then give him a 5 yr $120 mill deal to say thank you.
Its an over pay on AAV, but not horrible on years. I think he'd take that.
@DBrim @EEstaris Yeah, me too. Also, Maholm is only 31 (vs. 37 with Arroyo) and he actually pitched okay for the Cubs last year.
10 months, 1 week ago on Paul Maholm Is Apparently Going To Be A Dodger
A league average starter for your 5th spot is doing fine. Maholm wont be great, but he should be more than adequate at the back of the rotation.
I like the signing, if it happens, as long as its 1 yr.
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.
1 year 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 year 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 year, 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 year, 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 year, 1 month 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 year, 1 month 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 year, 1 month 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.
1 year, 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.
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 3 months ago on The Return of Matt Kemp?
I have a feeling Kemp is going to help give this team another boost, similar to Puig. You know he's chomping at the bit to play again and he is needed with all the recent injuries to the whole OF.
Also, while people love to talk about trading an OF in the offseason, it looks apparent to me that they need 4 quality OFs when you factor their injury histories.
Unless they get fair value for one of them, I think all 4 come back to start next season.
Like Mike said, tough to worry right now. Reds fighting for playoffs and Dodgers are cruising. Teams with 2 different intensity levels right now.
1 year, 3 months ago on Reds 4, Dodgers 3: It Helps To Use Fast Guys to Run
Agree with Mike. The overall biggest priority going into the playoffs is that everyone is healthy and rested. If Mattingly can do that and get his playoff rotation lined up correctly, then that's the best you can hope for.
After that it's just about continuing to do what they've done so far this season to hopefully win a World Series.
1 year, 3 months ago on Does the Best Record In the League Matter?
@PagansOedipalComplex @EEstaris @Purple Drank Yesterday was his shortest start in like a decade.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers 4, Cubs 0: Ricky Nolasco, Trade of the Year
@PagansOedipalComplex @EEstaris Well, I wouldn't go Ethier or Manny just yet. For one thing, who knows if the Dodgers re-sign Nolasco. Secondly, let's see if he can keep it up. Seems like he can, but he is pitching at a really, really high level right now so its not a guarantee.
@Purple Drank @EEstaris No, that's Kershaw. Kershaw's the horse. Greinke is a stallion.
Totally agree, Mike, the trade for Nolasco goes down as the best trade made so far this year. The Yankees' trade for Soriano is close, but the Nolasco trade wins in my book because Nolasco has helped the Dodgers longer.
Without him, the rotation would not be as stable as it is now, with 4 very good starters.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @DBrim @Lobo Also consider all the horrible LFs the Dodgers had since Manny left. Crawford is a good LF.
I think he can be a good LF for a few more years IF they have good reserve OFs to give him days off.
1 year, 3 months ago on The Nick Punto Trade With Boston, One Year Later
@Oppressed Purple Drank @EEstaris Agree. I think Valentine's personality played a partial role in the Red Sox clubhouse melting down last year. The guy was a horrible hire for that type of team.
The trade helped both teams. In Boston they just needed to clean house, although one aspect not really mentioned is that Bobby Valentine probably did not help the situation as manager, either.
For the Dodgers, they filled two of the biggest holes they had: first base and left field and I think filled them nicely for at least the next few years.
Getting AGon, at the price they got him, 6 yrs and $127 mill (also with $12 mill coming back from BOS) was much more of a bargain than the 9 yr/ $214 mill that Fielder got or the 10yrs/ $240 mill Pujols got.
AGon for a net avg. of $19.17 mill/yr looks great, especially when you also consider the Dodgers don't really have a 1B in the minors who is even remotely close to the majors yet.
Trading De La Rosa and Webster may seem steep, but the Dodgers signed Greinke and Ryu and those guys have obviously helped make the Dodgers one of the top rotations in MLB.
Obviously, if the Dodgers win the World Series this year, the Boston trade and the Marlins trade to get Hanley will go down as big reasons why it was possible to do it in such a short period of time since the new owners took over.
The scary thing to consider is Ramirez and Kemp should both be very fresh come late September because those guys have not played a lot of games this year.
You also figure Puig will be fresh because, well, he's 22. So a lot of the core offensive guys could be fresh and rolling come October.
The current hot streak is nice, but I look forward to seeing what this team is capable of in the playoffs and it looks like, potentially, this team could be really tough to beat with Kershaw and Greinke at the top of a playoff rotation, an offense with a very deep lineup and a very good bullpen.
It could be a very fun October for us Dodgers fans!
1 year, 4 months ago on On the Road to 100 Dodger Wins
@JoeyE @EEstaris Believe me, Lilly or League can be hurt in a hurry. Either for real or make believe.
1 year, 4 months ago on Dodgers @ Blue Jays July 24, 2013: Leave Ted Lilly in Canada
My HOPE is Lilly was activated as insurance for tonight (since Marmol, League and Jansen are likely unavailable tonight) and that once the Dodgers come back home they will activate Van Slyke since they will likely need him for NL games.
Of course, I am probably totally wrong.
@Mike Petriello Very good deal for the Red Sox. Hopefully they front load the deal so they have flexibility with him in the later years but the Avg. Annual Value looks reasonable.
1 year, 4 months ago on Report: Dodgers Sign Cuban Shortstop Alexander Guerrero to 7/$32m Deal
@Capnsparrow What, you don't yearn for the days of Loney, M.Ellis, Gordon ant Uribe?!
@ALVX @EEstaris Agree. That sucked!
@Dave (Trade Puig while he's hot) @EEstaris @PagansOedipalComplex Yeah you are right. My bad. So I guess it would make even more sense to re-sign Uribe next season, seeing they will literally have NO 3B signed for next year.
Uribe is actually a decent defensive 3B. Lacks range but is reliable on any ball he can get to.
I figure Seager needs another year, at least, to be ready for 3B (or SS). Uribe can fill that 1 year void.
@Mike Petriello My guess is the Dodgers have scouted him extensively enough to know he could likely help soon, especially if they start him in AA or AAA. I trust the scouting department. They nailed it with Puig and Ryu.
@PagansOedipalComplex @EEstaris Well, Uribe is not signed for '14 so I doubt he's coming back, unless he would want to do a 1 yr deal.
Absent any other options, signing Uribe to a 1 yr deal may not be a bad idea, but the Dodgers could move Hanley to 3B, Guerrero to SS and then sign a free agent 2B instead.
I guess we have to see what happens in the Winter.
What Kasten and the Guggies have done in just over a year to overhaul the roster is nothing short of impressive.
Consider what next year's Opening Day lineup could look like versus what it looked like in 2012:
LF Crawford vs. Juan Rivera
RF Puig vs. Ethier
1B AGon vs. Loney
SS HanRam vs. Gordon
CF Kemp vs. Kemp
C A.Ellis vs.A. Ellis
2B Guerrero vs. M.Ellis
3B Punto (although assume FA signing or HanRam to 3B with a SS signing) vs. Uribe
That's a significant upgrade in talent in the lineup for the Dodgers. Then you also factor Grienke and Ryu in the rotation and its just a much better 25 man roster.
@WBBsAs (Larry Bowa Anger Management Training) @EEstaris @TellMyWifeISaidHello I dunno, I wouldn't go that far. Look at his stats this year. He has been very effective.
1 year, 5 months ago on Trading Season Looms in Los Angeles