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6 months, 1 week ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #24: RF Andre Ethier
Agree - it does not make sense to me when other teams are talking to Hunter about a starting spot. Only makes sense in conjunction with other moves and, despite what seems like slim liklihood, that would be moving Ethier.
Everyone wants to act like the Dodger checkbook is bottomless, but flinging money around foolishly in any sport will come back to bite at some point. Don't forget who put up a big chunk of the billions to buy the club - they will need a return on their money. Seeing some well-reasoned frugality would not be a bad thing.
6 months, 1 week ago on Official: Dodgers Win Bidding on Hyun-Jin Ryu
Don't recall any discussion here of Stephen Drew for SS, moving Hanley to 3B. Maybe the Drew name is banned on this board since J.D. slunk out of town. Assuming Drew's knees are sound and the terms are right (2-3 years , $8-9 million per), I'd prefer that to the aging glove of Youk and stone glove of Ramirez trying to hold down the left side. Drew and Ramirez defensively wouldn't conjure up Schmidt-Bowa memories of the 80's Phillies teams, but pickings are slim..
And if the Red Sox are shopping Ellsbury, as Bowden at ESPN suggests (he is in his walk year with Boras as his agent), would you trade Ethier straight up for Ellsbury (a Bowden trade scenario)? Dodgers likely only get a year of Ellsbury (but with walk year motivation) but get rid of a bad contract, and solve their leadoff hitter for a year anyway. Boston doesn't want Ethier's contract either but they do have a hole in rightfield and have shown interest in Ethier in the pasat.
6 months, 1 week ago on Dodgers Interested in Kevin Youkilis, And Why Not?