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I like Rafael Furcal, quite a bit in fact, but the injury-riddled shortstop's on-field future is at least as uncertain as that of the top free-agent outfielders available to the Dodgers. And if you have to settle for a good-field, no-bat player in the lineup, shortstop is where you want him, where he can make more plays that matter. Better Chin-Lung Hu than Juan Pierre.
The Dodgers should prioritize an outfield signing. Then, if Furcal doesn't agree to terms and they have to settle for Hu batting eighth (with Ivan DeJesus, Jr. rising through the system behind him), no one should mind.
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EQAs for the past three years, 2006-08 (.260 is average):
Bobby Abreu, age 34: .324, .293, .299
Pat Burrell, age 32: .300, .312, .300
Adam Dunn, age 29: .286, .311, .303/.304
Manny Ramirez, age 36: .344, .303, .317/.403
Juan Pierre, age 31: .253, .258, .252
Andruw Jones, age 31: .301, .257, .177
Dodger salary commitments to date for 2009 sit in the $70 million range.
Sign an outfielder. Let Pierre serve as his backup/late-inning defensive caddy. See if Jones appears resurrected in Spring Training, and if he does, make a trade. If he doesn't, prepare to dump him.
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Here are the 11 sub-.800 OPS months of Ramirez's 16-year career, in reverse chronological order:
.741 May 2008
.629 April 2007
.749 August 2007
.796 September 2006
.725 May 2005
.496 June 2002 (21 plate appearances)
.680 June 1995
.647 September 1995
.465 May 1994
.782 July 1994
.502 September 1993 (debut)
Update: Furcal's agent said Furcal will decide which contract offer to accept by Tuesday, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
I don't know if this renders part or all of my post moot. If so, that would be the second time that's happened to me in the past week. Sigh.
From what I can gather, the Dodgers last communications with both Furcal and Ramirez remain at 2 years with the possiblility of 3 years if the players reach certain numbers of game played.
Also, the market for corner outfielders remains in the hands of the buyers right now, no team is currently hot after the other candidates after Manny Ramirez.
Unless you are advocating a 4-5 year contract for Ramirez, I am not sure what else the Dodgers can do to speed things along.
I never said that the Dodgers haven't moved fast enough - in fact, I'm one of the ones who has expressed patience with them. I'm not saying that one signing is dependent on the other.
But if you could only go the extra mile on one of them, I would go with an outfielder. The Dodgers have given indications that their priority is Furcal. While those indications could be a smokescreen, I still feel like it's worth saying which is more important.
The other point I'm making is that it doesn't have to be Ramirez or bust in the outfield.
We definitely should be prioritizing an outfielder and pitching, because that is where the talent is.
Moyer's deal is 2 years, $16 million.
As soon as Palmeiro becomes eligible, we're all going to see how easy it will be to keep him out of the Hall of Fame. Remember, Mark McGwire still hasn't come close to being elected, and unlike Rafael, McGwire was never actually caught using PED's.
I always felt this was a bit odd, people say that Manny wouldn't be able to play with Scioscia, with I guess citing the Guillen incident. But Guillen's not in Manny's lead, and Manny's a different kind of a nutcase. If Guillen's a malcontent, Manny's just moody.
I also agree with 4 in that if Manny is not signed I don't see them adding one of the ponderous three.
Rafy is a priority if the alternative is Cabrera/Wilson/Berroa. If the alternative is letting Hu/Abreu/DeJesus fight it out, fine but otherwise I'd rather overpay for Rafy then pay anything for the terrible trio when our low cost in house solutions are just as good if not better.
JP is not a good lead-off hitter
Manny is a significant upgrade over JP in LF
It's Manny or bust, of course I'm not against Lowe if we can land him for 2 or 3 years.
25 - that's exactly what I said in the last thread. If they want to move on from Furcal (and if it's him or Manny and SP's, then yes, I totally agree) fine, but don't go out and sign Cabrera and fork over picks to CWS in the process.
I don't know about that. Everyone said the Dodgers would have a PR nightmare and that Ned would be fired for Jones having a horrible year, and then a mid-season acquisition shows up and all is forgotten. I think there is a pretty short attention span when it comes to things like that, especially regarding not making a move in the offseason.
Giving him another chance at a full-time gig is absolutely necessary. If he posts a .600 OPS, then move on.
the average fan doesn't know OPS from EQA, and really doesn't care
2. Because of his 2007 stats with the bat, and because of his great glove, Hu deserves more chance(s) to prove that he can be the Dodgers' SS going forward.
3. If the Dodgers do not land Furcal, and put Hu at SS, and if, in this scenario, Hu hits like he did last year, Hu is done as a Dodger.
We all know the McCourts are PR driven and I think they would be crushed by the media and a lot of fans if they do not sign any "big" name.
This is not quite a random question.
Does anybody else think that we are the team that offered Pettite 3/36?
Then the average fan proposes trading all of his favorite team's bad players for Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols.
Which is correct?
1. The ADF goes to Dodger Stadium to get drunk, boo the other team, boo and harass other fans wearing visiting team colors, eat, pee, hit beachballs, do the wave, and watching baseball is secondary to all above.
2. watch baseball and root for their team
I predict Hu will have the better year although perhaps that's just wishful thinking.
Jones could OPS 1000, or 800, or 600, or 400, and none of those outcomes would surprise me terribly.
Insert different numbers for Hu, but the same idea.
The rap on Torre -- and I don't know how far I sign on to this -- is that he gets an unhealthy attachment to certain players (and runs 'em into the ground) and puts other players in the doghouse (where they rot).
Jones, by anyone's definition, is in the doghouse.
He costs over $5 million so he is not cheap. And he is absolutely terrible.
He has a career OBP of .306!! He has had three straight sub .300 OBP seasons.
He is not a good defensive player either. Plus, he may be the most infuriating player to watch.
Nope. : )
You are missing a golden opportunity for the Dodgers. Last year they acquired the 2003 ROY who just happened to be a shortstop. We can continue this trend by getting Crosby who was the 2004 ROY and also a SS. Maybe by 2012 we can get Pedroia and Longoria in 2013.
Chronic back problems will sap skills faster then Bob T can smell a catchers interference call.
Gammons and Steve Phillips were picking him for MVP.
Yeah, because of his production at such a young age, especially his 2000 season when he was 22.
Sadly, he never got better and then started to get injured. It also did not help that he refused to have surgery for a long time, so his injury never healed right.
The A's made the horrible stake of bringing him to the Oakland Coliseum and the surrounding area.
Then again, I would be a horrible GM.
"If irony was made out of strawberries, we'd all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."
My point: none. As ever!
Translated: He hates it.
Getting on base or hitting home runs are a skill that I'll take any day.
"To tell the truth, I'm not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to. If I ever saw myself saying I'm excited going to Cleveland, I'd punch myself in the face, because I'm lying."
We should trade for Ichiro just for the great things he says.
"We begin bombing in five minutes."
Broken right-hand (98 MPH HBP)
Broken ankle (collision at home plate)
Broken ribs (95 MPH HBP)
Deep knee lascerations (spiked at second base on a steal)
Of course he's a personal friend of mine so needless to say I'm a bit of a homer for him. Why is he the most infuriating player to watch?
103 - I'm not saying he's not the kind of player I'd take, I'm just not sure he's the kind of player I think deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Because we all know he has talent, but he does the same things over and over. His approach at the plate is just terrible. As I said, he chases at pitches in the dirt and outside more than Matt Kemp does. And he comes off as a guy that works hard, so it is just mystifying why some of these issues have not improved.
Expectations definitely play a part in in this. Great things were expected from him.
Sorry if I am being harsh to a friend of yours, but I am just being honest. He is probably a great guy, but I can only judge his play on the field.
See Buddy Ryan.
Albert Pujols is nuts.
That was actually a big point of contention for awhile. I believe Crosby eventually even talked about it to the public. Larry Davis was eventually fired over it.
The former Nevada Prosecutor has sure moved up in the world after his unfortunate habit of being committing multiple murders.
All this sturm and drang over a player that in all probability will not play up to expectations is kind of sad. It certainly is an indictment of the current talent level in MLB.
Chavez named his son Diego.
He better hope Will Ferrell was not right in Anchorman.
Beside those other injuries I thought his back was the main problem and that hasn't been resolved has it? I was under the impression he had a chronic back problem.
I was hoping that the fans would start setting the Coliseum on fire or storming the field or something.
That is what it would have taken for Goodell to think he needs to step in and do something, even if it was to push Al to get a GM.
Jack Black to Guest-Star on 'The Office'
This is why I'm not a movie star.
Well, that and the fact that I'm freakin ugly and I have no charisma or talent of any kind.
You could make movies though. Just look at Brett Ratner.
I expected he would become big one day after seeing the Tenacious D show. I was hoping it would be as a member of the D, though.
DODGERS NAME DAISUKE YAMASHITA INFIELD COACH AT CAMELBACK RANCH - GLENDALE
Yamashita is the first full-time coach from Japan hired to a Dodgers Player development team
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have hired Daisuke "Duke" Yamashita as infield coach at Camelback Ranch-Glendale for the 2009 season. Yamashita, a native of Shizuoka, Japan, will specialize in infield instruction, specifically fielding, and brings more than 15 years of coaching experience to Camelback Ranch-Glendale.
"We've been searching for an additional infield coach to try different methods to stimulate our system and Yamashita was highly recommended by Acey Kohrogi, Dodger Director of Asian Operations. We are always open to new teaching styles, technology and creative ways of developing players," said Dodger Assistant General Manager, Player Development De Jon Watson. "Yamashita brings his vast coaching and playing experience to the Dodger organization."
Of the 40 seasons, four were in 2008, and two players had injuries that wiped out just about the entire age 26 season (Dickie Thon and Bill Spiers), so that leaves 34 for comparison.
Of the 34 age-26 seasons, Crosby had the largest percentage drop in OPS+, with an OPS+ (67) only 60.4% of the previous season. Only Jerry Adair's 1963 matched Crosby for lowest OPS+, with 67.
29 of the 34 SS posted at least an 83 OPS+ in their age 26 season. 20 of the 34 posted another 100 OPS+ season.
I would like to be first on the record in saying that just about everyone will mispronounce Mr. Yamashita's name.
But she hasn't set a date. So if anyone wishes to live out a wacky romantic comedy or, less attractively, a creepy stalker thriller, you still have time.
Tom Cable is mad at Kiffin for poaching the Raiders coaches that Kiffin hired in the first place.
Btw, did anyone realize she was in an episode of Firefly? I didn't til re-watching it the other day. As Mal's ex-wife.
Mark Jackson is the only guy that I have even heard of before.
He is mad because now he has to be o-line coach, offensive coordinator, and head coach at the same time. All this responsibility for a guy Al Davis admitted he knew nothing about when he hired him as interim coach.
It'll be kinda funny if the Padres get sold for less than A-Rod's total contract. Funny, and depressing.
That was one of the great live microphone moments in recent memory.
Secondly, I never understood why anyone would equate Stults with J-Mc. Small sample size, but last year J-Mc was lights out, and that included high-pressure, playoff time. He has a wicked curve and terrific control.
In contrast, Stults seems like a roster-bubble guy, not a great talent, but a gamer, and (interestingly) a good hitter. Perhaps a 4-A player, never quite good enough for the majors.
If we put J-Mc on the trade market, there would likely be lots of takers. I am not sure anyone would want to trade for Stults.
As far as CK goes, I think its more of a work in process that people want to believe.
162 Either way, I'm happy to have them both in our futures.
Sample Size and role considerations really need to speak loudly here. I think we all realize that Kershaw is still not legally allowed to imbibe alcohol, and that there will be bumps. But for a 20 year old, nearly completely as a starter, I think our expectations are terribly unfounded.
When McDonald was that age, he was in Rookie ball.
They both have bright futures, but let's not conflate the ace with the #3.
The fact that he really improved during this critical stretch leads me to believe a breakout in '09 is very possible.
Nothing wrong with McDonald, it's just that he's basically going to be Jon Garland for cheap in all likely hood.
Just think of some other wholly uninspiring but solid three or four starter.
-Christina Hendricks, the insanely hot Joan from Mad Men, is engaged. First person to point out she was also on Firefly still lives with their mom - which technically was just me. Dammit.
Yeah, that was basically for underdog haha.
Honestly, I didn't even realize it til I caught part of an episode the other night and even then had to doublecheck the imdb, and even then had forgotten about the previous episode. So I'm either even lamer, or slightly less nerdy. And basement-free!
Man, she is hot though.
If not, then can we please stop speaking of J-Mc and Stults as if they were roughly equivalent in talent?
I hereby prophesy that J-Mc will make the rotation and win at least ten games. I make no guess as to whether he does that as a #4 or #5 because I have no notion of how Ned is going to fill out the rotation.
No one ever said that.
Marlins trying to sign Saito: Slim.
However, other teams with actual money trying to sign Saito: fair.
Looks like he's not going to be a Dodgers again.
But no, those times are gone and it is all about money.
On the brighter side, I think Boras' fiascos in the last few years have really hurt the free agent market, and it is obvious most teams aren't going for the marketing bull that still flies.
Show us, just because we include both of them in a possible rotation does not mean anyone thinks of them as equal talents.
Scientists have solved why a person yawns.
That's my biggest concern with Furcal, the guy is gonna turn 31 playing a VERY demanding position & to add to my concern is that he is coming off back surgery... I can see why Oakland said take it or leave it.
I'll be cool with a 2 year deal but I wont be broken hearted if he declines it, to be honest I'd rather go with a young wizard at short, but that's just me.
Look at 43:
"The average fan is not excited to see James McDonald and Eric Stults in the rotation either."
Did I draw the wrong conclusion? If so, my apologies.
But I think that the average fan will be very excited to see J-Mc in the rotation and downright disappointed to see Stults in it. The statement puts the two into the same category: pretenders to the rotation.
Furcal - Hu = 2.75 WAR
M.Ramirez - Pierre = 2.60 WAR
Equal value either way, the thing that will tip the scales is the contract that Furcal or Ramirez would get.
Of course you can get by with a weaker bat at SS, but the difference between Furcal and Hu is pretty huge. I would make Furcal a top priority as well as Ramirez. If I could only choose one or the other, I'd rather have Furcal assuming both would get a fair contract. All these slugging no field LFers are probably going to be way overpaid if what Ibanez is a sign of things to come.
But on that comment, the comment is just what it says: neither is an ace, neither will probably excite fans after they pitch a sizable amount of time. That's not to say they're not useful, or that they are of equal talents, but it's a fair statement.
I meant before the season fans are going to look at those as the new additions to the rotation and wonder why we did not get a big name.
McDonald's good performance in the playoffs might not have been even seen by a lot of people since it was in a blowout on the road.
Nothing to do with their performance, just public perception. I do not think most people even realize how good Billingsley is.
Kershaw, JMac and Stults all have one thing in common, though. I'm rooting for all to succeed.
If Hu repeats his 2008 level of offense, I think we can all agree that he'd be only as useful as Pierre -- which is, strictly a backup.
208 - Agreed.
209 - Get back to work!
Normally, most teams would not care about that, but McCourt is very PR driven. So who knows the consequences of that.
Even giving Hu an OPS in the mid to high .600s, which most projections have him at and a wOBA of just over .300, he is still far inferior to Furcal.
Too bad MST3K isn't running anymore. The Dragonball movie looks like an instant classic.
The Peavy trade talks are off!
Yeah, it would have been much better if you never knew. It looks so bad in every way.
Vegeta is not even in the movie.
I am going to cry when Naruto gets the Hollywood treatment.
224 - Dragonball was ok, but DBZ was awesome. I can't go back to Dragonball once the Super Saiyans came along.
But the Freiza arc, and Majin Buu arc fall behind the first and 2nd tournament arcs, and the first time young piccolo came.
I realize Manny's knees are an issue, too. But I'm more worried about Furcal.
Xeifrank, what do your projections have Furcal at for '09?
I liked the Cell arc.
Dragonball Z needed to kill characters off.
Furcal to decide tomorrow? Can it possibly be any team but the Dodgers? Reportedly, he likes the A's the least, and I can't see the Royals being all that attractive either.
You in Chicago? It took me 20 minutes to warm my car up today, so ridiculously cold.
Fielding I have Hu at +0.4 and Furcal at +0.25
240 You might be right, but I still think he might not opt for Oakland. I mean, it's Oakland. Something tells me he's gonna take the Dodger offer, or his back is still a problem. He essentially has the 3rd year if he's healthy, and though I don't know, I'm thinking it might be more per year for 3 then the A's offer per year for 4.
And if he could somehow get healthy and stay healthy for 3 years with LA (admittedly a tall order), he could be eligible for free agency again in 3 years, instead of four.
See what I mean?
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And macaroni salad.
I noticed that. I think I am going to wait till it is on HBO.
Tony Massarotti hates you and everything you stand for.
Oh, and also takes a couple shots at J.D. Drew.
Kinda glad I don't have to face the team with Westbrook & Brees in the final next week.
Good Luck to you next week!
I know everyone hates Rosenthal, but Furcal's own agent is telling Rosenthal that the Braves are in it, and he's saying it on record. This makes it new news.
263 Right after the Padres say Peavy will be on their opening day roster no less. Do the Dodgers have anything to offer (that the Braves would want)for Escobar? Assuming no big-time prospects?
Yeah, I kinda forgot to think of McDonald as a prospect. I would have no issue trading Elbert.
Yeah, Lambo counts.
Martin still has to pitch for me to count him as big-time. He is more mythical than a minotaur at this point.
I shouldn't try to read too much into the ruminations of Derek Lowe, but the Yankees may have already spent their pitching bankroll and the Red Sox don't seem to be interested. Who else can he mean? The Mets?
24 / 587 PA = 1 / 24.5 Escobar
25 / 651 PA = 1 / 26.0 Loney
Maybe one can cut down on that a bit by batting them back-to-back.
Andruw Jones blamed his 2008 season on bad knees, and is already looking at the 2009 off season so he can be a FA.
H. Ramirez, C. Guillen, Jeter, Tejada, Young
Furcal's .779 is kind of "next tier", but does include his ridiculously injury influenced 2007.
Nice of him thinking about helping the team win. : P
Article also notes Garate's fine showing in the Venezuelan league so far, "4-1(?) with a 1.17 ERA in 14 games out of the bullpen for first-place Caracas."
And 24-year-old Dodgers prospect Victor Garate (9-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 116 minor league innings, most as a starter, in the summer) is 4- with a 1.17 ERA in 14 games out of the bullpen for first-place Caracas.
The Dodgers' Chin-lung Hu, who struggled offensively all summer, also started slowly in Mexico but has shown signs of coming around, batting .313 in December and .275 in his last 10 games, raising his winter average to .241 in 15 games for Culican.
Also Jose Offerman is the player coach of 3rd place Licey.
Found this on ESPN. Its was written today.
BHSPORTSGUY provided this link several weeks ago.
It is the best way to keep up to date on our players. Just click on any player and you can see what they have done over the last 10 games. The original link is about 2 days behind the actual games.
I don't usually read more than a few words of Simers, but this time I made it through several paragraphs! But, hey, more power to ya if you get through it all and if it ends up being worthwhile.
>> The Boston Herald reported in its Tuesday editions that the Red Sox have extended an offer for Teixeira, believed to be the longest and richest in the seven-year history of the ownership group led by John W. Henry.
Though the newspaper doesn't cite its source, it stated that the offer is "believed to be for at least eight years."
The Red Sox have a club policy of not commenting on their negotiating stance with any free agents. <<
## If the Red Sox are successful in landing Teixeira, it will create a somewhat sticky situation. The Red Sox have Kevin Youkilis at first base and Mike Lowell at third. To open a spot for Teixeira, the Red Sox might have to trade Lowell and move Youkilis across the diamond. ##
1) Do you understand the reasoning behind not offering Joe Beimel arbitration?
2) Do you think this will be the year when Dodger fans turn their backs on the team?
3) Why would the Dodgers sign Mark Loretta when they could have brought back Garciaparra?
4) If Takashi Saito doesn't return, who will be the Dodgers' closer?
I made it all the way through and it makes a fair bit of sense. When you then look at the free agents for 2009, our youngsters better be great or we maybe screwed for a long time. The free agent pool is not that great. Best free agent of the bunch will be Adrain Beltre!
Unless they trade Matt Kemp - aka the Bison - who is my favorite player.
Loney - Martin - and Ethier are in that same category. Don't forget Billingsley - Broxton - and Wade.
If the Dodgers do nothing regarding the signings for these insane contract amounts -they will be fine until June.
Then they can re-adjust.
I stand corrected, so if the Dodgers fail to bring Manny back, Boras will be asking for a 10,12 year contract for Holiday with an annual salary of 20 million!....For Beltre it will only be 6-7 years at 18 million!
In a stunning turnaround, the free-agent shortstop has chosen the Braves over the A's, according to a major-league source.
A contract agreement is expected to be announced Tuesday, conditional on Furcal passing a physical.
The following excerpt seems to confirm Rafael's reluctance to join Oakland and preferenced to return to L.A. (and Atlanta).
The Braves, however, made a late, rapid push for Furcal, and their offer was believed to be for three years with a vesting option for a fourth season.
Furcal, who owns homes in Atlanta and Los Angeles, preferred to rejoin the Braves or stay with the Dodgers, sources said.
One rival executive said Monday night, "He will do whatever he can not to go to Oakland," citing Furcal's preference to be with one of his prior teams.
I hope too that the Dodgers go to Spring Training and let Hu and DeJesus battle it out for the SS position.
The article from Simers about McCourt is right on. I hope he has learned over the five years that how he perceives himself is different then how he is perceived by others.
Pierre attackers want a corner LF other than Pierre.
If Manny isn't signed then who should be brought in and at what cost? JP is already being paid $9,000,000.00 this year.
No matter how hard I try - just can not see Torre accepting Hu as his SS.
When a team can't resign their "top priority"--they have problems. I know everyone is worried about Raffy's back, but if had gone out, Hu or Dejesus would still be there.
Right now we are looking at Casey Blake hitting clean up, Juan Pierre leading off. Unless Colletti can pull off some brilliant trades and Kemp becomes the superstar we have been waiting for I'm thinking 09 will be a long season.
I know I am jumping to conclusions.
Here is the lineup, at this moment:
I hate those line-ups. I agree with Jon that we must be patient, but for now it seems like we're acting like we're Milwaukee. That's fine if we plan on, you know, actually signing a power hitter before March. But my faith is sure being tested.
If you are Manny Ramirez and Scott Boras, haven't your demands just gone up?
Maybe the Braves were waiting on Furcal to sign with them, & then they would use Escobar to get Peavy though....
Not like payroll is some barometer, but if Manny isn't resigned and we did go with Jones/Pierre, will our payroll even be $80 million?
Escobar is a better player than Furcal right now, agreed? Why would the Braves try to replace a younger, better player with an older injured veteran?
316 - I agree it's tough to be patient. I've given alot of thought to the Dodgers, and I think it's the strategy of the Dodgers that's hurting. On some level, you have to build through free agency, unless you are terrible for years and can draft like Tampa for 5 years. It's probably safer to develop pitching, and buy bats. Assuming you have a solid base, which the Dodgers have, you need to add the least risky players you can, and difference makers. With their 2/3 year limit on deals, the Dodgers totally foreclose themselves to these players. With the exception of Furcal last time due to weird timing, no really good FA will take only 2 or 3 years, not one. So you dabble in the middle market, where you get your Schmidt's, Jones', Nomar's, etc. I'm not saying we need to go out and offer huge deals to people, and obviously a long deal that doesn't work out will kill you. Of course short deals for free agents is best, buts that's not the market for really good players, and it's not going to be anytime soon.
But I think it's good, for a team in this market, to identify difference makers that we need to be competitive on in Free Agency. Otherwise, I feel like we're in this cycle and its not going to change.
I think the figure will be closer to $75M because we let Saito, Beimel, and Park go. This really puts McCourt in a bad PR position. He and Colletti have backed themselves into a corner now by letting Lowe, CC, Burnett, and Furcal go. The only free agent of note that will keep the media off their backs is Manny...and Boras knows that.
If this is our team except for Hoffman and a Garland-type, then we are in for a very long summer. It will be like 2003 without the pitching.
It's like Groundhog Day, where you keep waking up to find out Juan Pierre is your starting left fielder, despite the fact that you took care of that problem yesterday. Aaagh!
Boras's 5-year, $125 million demand may yet come to pass.
How about we offer the Rays $150 million for Evan Longoria?
That depends. Will [Rays owner] Stuart Sternberg loan Frank McCourt the necessary funds to complete the transaction?
And I know our owner makes us mad, but it could be worse - think about the poor Padres fans.
340 OC, and Garland would really make me upset.
The only Wilson I would trade Kemp for is Hack.
OK, and maybe Trevor Wilson as well, since he always appeared to have a weird smile on his face no matter the situation. It must have been a medical condition or something.
I think this avoids Rule 2 because of the screen name, but I don't thinks that's a wise trade target, Jackass. :)
Meaning, would they boo him even if he was on the team?
I'm not sure why he hasnt retired unless he just wants to hit 800 homers.
A-Rod will end up home run king as long as he doesnt have any catastrophic injuries.
As John Belushi would say... But noooooooooooooooo!! We have to go find another crummy veteran for the infield instead.
Well, let's just wait and see first.
I'm mad because I had a seat in the RF stands and Bonds had the audacity to take Clay Hensley deep to LF. :)
If we sign Manny we have 7 outfielders.
I hate to see Repko and Young traded or released but unless the season starts with some outfielders on the DL they look like history.
I like Raffy but now I almost feel like I have to root for his back to go out again so I feel better about not signing him.
Supply and demand. The supply (sluggers) is more limited than the demand (teams). The one-for-one tradeoff of a Teixiera signing has a more pronounced lessening effect on the supply side than on the demand side. If Tex signs with the Yankees, then I expect the Angels will get involved in the Manny bidding, and vice versa.
I'm not really an economics expert, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
I am very nervous about the current state of our team. We don't seem to have any real strengths and actually weakened our biggest strength last season (bullpen). Even if we do sign Manny to a reasonable contract does anybody think we'll really be able to contend in the postseason?
I think that the Dodgers will eventually go with the Pirates demands and give Hu and Young for Jack Wilson. I really would like to see what Young could do with about 450 ABs. I think he could replicate Ethier's numbers.
I think that the Dodgers will eventually go with the Pirates demands and give Hu and Young for Jack Wilson. I really would like to see what Young could do with about 450 ABs. I think he could replicate Ethier's numbers.
Sign Randy Wolf.
Bring in a veteran reliever who doesn't suck to round out 'pen.
Stupid refresh button...
I wonder how much influence Torre will now have over SS. As some people have speculated, Torre will want some hack PVL in there over Hu. I almost hope we bring Berroa back now to prevent a Wilson/Cabrera acquisition.
369 - Besides Fuentes (too pricey) and Hoffman (too done), I'm not sure who else... Did anyone sign Russ Springer? I'd sign him, esp since he wouldn't cost a draft choice now.
Let it be as it is written
How does that look?
On that subject, it's Billy Gibbons' birthday today.
he plays left field in that scenario.
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