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Reboot
2004-12-21 22:13
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The trade is off - even with the Bergen Record report that J.D. Drew is coming. It's off, perhaps because of Dodger misgivings, perhaps because of Javier Vasquez misgivings.

Tim Brown of the Times has immediate reaction. Good read. Note how he advocates pursuing Randy Johnson without turning it into a holy crusade or even assuming it can done. Note how Dodger general manager Paul DePodesta is neither angel nor devil:

So, let the Yankees grouse. Let the Diamondbacks sigh.

Enough Dodgers have been sent away, with too little or nothing in return, for whatever reasons.

DePodesta's intuition was sound. Vazquez was no sure thing, and the Dodgers weren't the only ones who knew it. The trade fell apart, and the Dodgers are better for it.

Given Green back, given their set-up man back, the Dodgers can start their off-season over again, minus one large Beltre. They've got two months. They've all but signed Drew. Sign a starter. Find your catcher. Give Green first base and let him play out his contract.

Now you've got your baseball team. It's better this way.

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