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Could the Dodgers Opt Out on Hendrickson?
2007-03-25 08:41
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

It seems counter to the philosophy of Dodger general manager Ned Colletti, but Tony Jackson writes at his Daily News blog that it wouldn't be out of the question for the Dodgers to release Mark Hendrickson this week:

Keep in mind that players on one-year contracts can be released by Wednesday with teams only on the hook for one-quarter of their salaries. It's not likely this would happen, but lefty Mark Hendrickson hasn't had a great spring, doesn't want to pitch out of the pen and has a $2.925 million salary. He still might be the fifth starter. But if he isn't, the Dodgers conceivably could release him and own him just $731,250.

I wasn't even aware of this rule: I would have thought Hendrickson's salary was guaranteed.

Also on Jackson's blog: Kuo is now saying he did tell the Dodgers about his shoulder discomfort after the rainout of the Boston game. Jackson adds that "Grady declined to discuss the Kuo matter, saying trainer Stan Conte will address the media tomorrow about all the injuries. I still believe Grady's original story over Kuo's current one."

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Today's game

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Update: The beat writers are saying that Little has put Tomko in the starting rotation.

Comments (94)
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2007-03-25 08:55:43
1.   Bob Timmermann
How well does Kuo speak English? Could there have been a communications problem?
2007-03-25 09:10:41
2.   Icaros
1

Make Greg Brock happy and call it a Communication Breakdown.

2007-03-25 09:17:10
3.   Eric Enders
Brocks' in the Final Four. I think he's happy today, regardless.
2007-03-25 09:17:21
4.   Eric Enders
's
2007-03-25 09:17:57
5.   Icaros
What position does he play?
2007-03-25 09:22:23
6.   Eric Enders
Anyway, I wonder why Jackson's blog hijacked the name of an already well-established Dodger blog?
2007-03-25 09:22:37
7.   Suffering Bruin
5 Bench jockey. :)

He doesn't want to pitch out of the bullpen, he's not effective unless balls that get hit find leather and Jupiter is in Mars... 700k is 700k but short of praying he pitches well enough for another team to notice and find him valuable in a trade, I don't see any reason for keeping him.

2007-03-25 09:27:00
8.   Eric Enders
7 The problem is, you and I and everyone else in the world knew this long enough ago that we would have just saved the $700K.
2007-03-25 09:36:16
9.   Vishal
[8] but... but... he was the 17th best left in the AL last year!!
2007-03-25 09:36:27
10.   Vishal
er, lefty
2007-03-25 09:37:29
11.   Vishal
also, why does anyone care about tony jackson's gut?
2007-03-25 09:42:17
12.   Greg Brock
This just sounds like more musing from Jackson. With so many teams in dire need of pitching, any pitching, I doubt The Mustache would just cut bait on Hendrickson. Even the Dodgers need to fill roster space throughout the minors, and Hendrickson could net us a sweet 27 year old Double A backup catcher.

And Plaschke's Penny article was incredibly self-centered, even by Plaschke standards.

2007-03-25 09:45:44
13.   Icaros
There's still time for Hendrickson to get some minutes playing interior defense for the Lakers. Kwame's limping all over the place.
2007-03-25 10:24:59
14.   Doug N
ive been reading & commenting for a few seasons now & i know bill plaschke's columns are a source of discomfort.

todays made me wretch though. just wanted to point it out.

2007-03-25 10:26:06
15.   Eric Enders
According to A Martinez on the radiocast, Repko to have surgery & is possibly out for the year.
2007-03-25 10:28:36
16.   Eric Enders
This means one of the following four things must happen:

1. Loney learns to play the outfield acceptably.
2. LaRoche learns to play the outfield acceptably.
3. Bigbie learns to play the outfield acceptably.
4. Kemp learns to hit the curveball.

2007-03-25 10:39:32
17.   El Lay Dave
But what might happen:

young promising pitcher traded for mediocre, veteran, right-hand batting, overpaid OF.

2007-03-25 10:40:28
18.   Jon Weisman
I'm confident a Loney-Bigbie-Kemp-etc. combo can be as good as Repko.
2007-03-25 10:43:09
19.   Eric Enders
Basically it just weakens the outfield defense a little. Repko was probably going to serve as "Luis Gonzalez's legs" this year. Now that will have to be one of the above guys.
2007-03-25 10:47:56
20.   El Lay Dave
I thought Bigbie was already an acceptable corner OF, but a questionable CF?

The Dodgers are very left-handed in the OF: LuGo, Juan Pedro, Ethier, Anderson, Bigbie. Loney, if he's in that mix. That's the underplayed aspect of signing LuGo.

2007-03-25 10:59:41
21.   Gen3Blue
Several games on DTV but I can't find the D's. And MLB's Live box seems to be stuck after the 2nd inning.
2007-03-25 10:59:55
22.   3upn3down
Is there a good proxy for comparison of Kemp in the past decade or so of a dodger minor leaguer with huge potential, but troubled by breaking pitches, who has learned to hit the breaking pitches and gone on to reach his potential?

I can't recall whether Mondesi was ever as clueless with uncle charlie, and I have this fear that Kemp will never amount to more than Billy Ashley or that Mexican RF we had in that same era as Ashley who bounced around the majors for a few years.

2007-03-25 11:00:24
23.   natepurcell
pierre walked!
2007-03-25 11:00:59
24.   Benaiah
Schmidt looks great today. 8 batters in 3 IP. 3 walks, 5 hits and 2 strike outs (which proves Rich Lederer's point that K/9 should be K/batter faced). I think he will be fine, but he really had a terrible Spring.
2007-03-25 11:01:05
25.   natepurcell
21

Dodgers on KCal 9

2007-03-25 11:09:43
26.   Gen3Blue
25 Ahh-but won't help me.
24 I certainly hope so.
Who was that Mexican right fielder-I can't remember. I'm optimistic on Kemp, and I don't think it's an inate trouble with the curveball. This guy simply hasn't played much ball yet and overall pitch rec. should still be improving.
2007-03-25 11:10:45
27.   3upn3down
Has anyone found any commentary on how Abreu faired at short yesterday. Obviously no errors but...
2007-03-25 11:12:24
28.   Gen3Blue
Jake is either scary good or scary lucky today.
2007-03-25 11:13:04
29.   3upn3down
Karim Garcia who apparently is in Japan (Orix).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karim_Garc%C3%ADa

2007-03-25 11:15:54
30.   3upn3down
Anyone else watching US Soccer vs. Ecuador?

The Landon Donovan of 2002 is back! I had a hunch the minute the Galaxy signed Beckham, that Donovan would have an amazing year in an effort to not be out shined. We'll see, but he is clearly the best guy on the pitch today.

2007-03-25 11:17:26
31.   Eric Enders
22 Mondesi had problems with Uncle Carlos even after he was a major league star of sorts.

I'm not sure if the curve was Karim Garcia's problem or not.

I'm frankly also not convinced it's Kemp's problem either. "Can't hit the curveball" tends to be used as a sort of catchall criticism for a young player whose hitting is not polished enough for the majors. Often it has little to do with actual curveballs. I think in Kemp's case, it's more plate discipline. We certainly saw him hit a couple of curveballs a long way last June.

2007-03-25 11:26:49
32.   Gen3Blue
Thats right, Garcia, a sort of phantom prospect who seemed to come out of nowhere, and get nowhere.
2007-03-25 11:27:30
33.   regfairfield
12 Is there any team that actually needs Hendrickson? Any team where he might actually do something has no hope of contending anyway, so it would just be a waste of money.

Is there any really appreciable difference between Hendrickson and an NRI like Aaron Sele? Every team has a ton of guys that could be in the mix for fifth starter, and Hendrickson isn't all that much better than any of them.

2007-03-25 11:34:17
34.   Benaiah
33 - Most here would agree, but Hendrickson is a "proven major league starter." And I think that there is still value there.

Schmidt has been a lot better since I got snarky, so maybe that is the lucky charm.

2007-03-25 11:42:51
35.   regfairfield
Did they mention anything about Schmidt's velocity today?
2007-03-25 11:45:00
36.   natepurcell
monday needs to stop calling broxton the big ox.
2007-03-25 11:52:04
37.   Bob Timmermann
Karim Garcia is back in the States and in the Phillies camp.
2007-03-25 11:57:41
38.   das411
Ohhh you mean THAT Karim Garcia. grrr

You heard it here first folks, I'm calling Hendrickson + Loney for Elijah Dukes before April is over...

2007-03-25 11:58:21
39.   Eric Enders
Man, I wish we had Grady Sizemore. That guy's picture is in the dictionary under "ballplayer."
2007-03-25 11:59:47
40.   regfairfield
38 The Devil Rays already relieved themselves of Hendrickson, why would they possibly want him back?
2007-03-25 12:07:04
41.   Bob Timmermann
39
Don't forget those dreamy eyes too Eric.
2007-03-25 12:08:14
42.   Eric Enders
Loney now at .434. It will be interesting to see how long Grady can keep the best hitter on the team on the bench.
2007-03-25 12:10:52
43.   Sam DC
I can think of a team that could use Mark Hendrickson.

And they play in a real big pitcher's park which is a good spot for a pitcher trying to re-establish himself.

2007-03-25 12:12:56
44.   Gen3Blue
43 Tell me more
2007-03-25 12:16:21
45.   das411
40, have you seen their bullpen lately? ;)

Sam DC, any thoughts on 39 and what Omar Minaya did to your team?

2007-03-25 12:16:55
46.   Johnson
43 Do they still hate Ryan Church?
2007-03-25 12:17:39
47.   Eric Enders
43 That is the obvious destination for whatever pitcher we decide we don't need. It might keep them from having to rely on Joel Hanrahan (!) in their starting rotation.

Our starting five at Las Vegas will be significantly better than their major league rotation.

2007-03-25 12:21:22
48.   Bob Timmermann
Too bad the Dodgers can't pick up Travis Lee in exchange for Henderson. Lee retired today.
2007-03-25 12:21:51
49.   still bevens
Is it just me or have 80% of the home runs hit in Vero been wind assisted?
2007-03-25 12:24:43
50.   Sam DC
47 Joel Hanrahan has not had reasonable control of his pitches all Spring and has been optioned to AAA (I'd thought he was out of options but apparently not). Joe Thurston was also sent down today.

46 Manager Acta has said many times that Church is his starting left fielder. But he's had a slow Spring and both Chris Snelling and prospect Kory Casto (who both play left) have been hitting well. No hit gloveman Nook Logan has been slotted into center, but he just went down with an injury so it's likely that Church will be Opening Day started in center with Snelling in right.

Also today, Travis Lee asked the team for his unconditional release, and Dmitri Young was named starting firstbaseman. Although they may try Kasto there in an effort to get him at bats (he came up as a third basemen but they moved him to the OF when Ryan Zimmerman arrived).

45 Here's my approach to that subject: Before My Time!

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2007-03-25 12:26:08
51.   Eric Enders
I think there is just a lot of wind in Vero, period. Half the time it helps routine flies become homers and the other half the time it knocks homers down into outfielders' gloves. I've seen both things happen even in the same game.
2007-03-25 12:26:16
52.   Sam DC
(obviously was writing mine as Bob posted).

I've been trying to figure out if I should try and start some message board arguments by pushing for the Nationals to pick up Hee-Seop Choi to fill the void at first.

But I think the sun has set on that being fun.

2007-03-25 12:27:51
53.   Eric Enders
50 Hendrickson for Snelling or Church would be a great trade for the D's. Particularly Snelling... holy cow, can that guy hit.
2007-03-25 12:30:58
54.   Michael D
Well judging by Loney's defensive adventures today, it looks like they have the convenient reason to leave their best spring hitter on the bench or in AAA. They'll say his defense isn't ready.
2007-03-25 12:34:32
55.   natepurcell
53

on the flight over to LA, Snelling's plane would crash and kill snelling and everyone on it.

thats what happens when you combine the dodgers injury issues with snellings injury issues.

2007-03-25 12:37:38
56.   trainwreck
Put me down on the Dukes bandwagon. I would not give up Loney, but the D-Rays really do not need more hitters anyways.
2007-03-25 12:39:45
57.   Bob Timmermann
Since Snelling is from Australia, he would go back to Sydney, fly to LA, but his plane would go off course and he would be stranded on a mysterious island with polar bears, but a place where all of Snelling's injuries would be magically healed.
2007-03-25 12:43:20
58.   natepurcell
Kemp almost wins the game, ball caught at left field wall.
2007-03-25 12:46:53
59.   El Lay Dave
54 Loney is in RF; of course he's not ready to play out of position defensively.
2007-03-25 12:47:12
60.   natepurcell
57

and on the 90th day or so he will find someone who tried to kill him locked up in a random room.

then he will become befuddled.

2007-03-25 12:48:48
61.   Greg Brock
56 For people that thought Milton Bradley wasn't quite crazy enough, Elijiah Dukes should get the job done.

No thanks.

2007-03-25 12:49:42
62.   El Lay Dave
50 If Nook Logan were healthy, I wonder if the Nats would have gone for a Church - Hendrickson deal? (Church is yet another left-hander.)
2007-03-25 12:53:52
63.   Eric Enders
Bigbie's big chance to make the team right here. Dodgers either win or lose based on his at-bat...

and they win!

2007-03-25 12:53:56
64.   trainwreck
Dukes could cause Ned's fake hair to fall out.
2007-03-25 12:54:16
65.   natepurcell
Bigbie probably just made the team.
2007-03-25 12:55:49
66.   natepurcell
we are going to have a glutton of left handed bats....pierre, gonzalez, ethier, anderson, bigbie, loney...
2007-03-25 12:56:27
67.   El Lay Dave
mlb.com's so-called "live" box is still at the end of seven. Useless.
2007-03-25 12:57:33
68.   El Lay Dave
66, meet 20
2007-03-25 12:58:19
69.   Eric Enders
66 All that does is illustrate that while the Pierre and Gonzalez signing were each ill-advised on their own, they were downright insane when combined with the other. We'll have limited pinch hitting options all year, not to mention no platoon opportunities in the outfield unless Kemp goes all Mike Marshall on the PCL.
2007-03-25 13:00:20
70.   trainwreck
Sadly Nate, it seems Grady is determined to send Loney to AAA.
2007-03-25 13:02:15
71.   Eric Enders
.380 avg in AAA
.901 OPS in MLB
.750 avg in MLB playoffs
.340 avg in spring training

What else can one do to win a job?

2007-03-25 13:02:39
72.   Icaros
Russ Langer got to work solo the last few innings of the game on radio.

He's excellent.

2007-03-25 13:03:49
73.   El Lay Dave
70 to try and learn to be the mediocre OF that he might never be?
2007-03-25 13:04:45
74.   El Lay Dave
71 Loney at 1st and Nomar in LF!
2007-03-25 13:05:16
75.   Eric Enders
If we subbed Langer for Monday and Don Sutton for Lyons, we'd have basically the perfect broadcast team. The TV side and Spanish radio are already as good as it gets, and Steiner's growing on me.
2007-03-25 13:05:16
76.   Greg Brock
71 Pretty disgusting, huh? There is "making a kid earn a position" and there is "we are stifling this kid's development because we are seemingly inept."

The Loney and Billingsley situations almost make me want to quit watching.

2007-03-25 13:05:50
77.   El Lay Dave
70 Grady, or Grady doing Ned's bidding? Ned IS Grady's boss and sometimes you are forced to do what the boss wants.
2007-03-25 13:06:05
78.   Eric Enders
71 has a typo... .340 was supposed to be .440.
2007-03-25 13:09:48
79.   Icaros
Loney at 1B.

Nomar with Betemit once-or-twice-a-week (vs. RHP) at 3B.

Bigbie in LF.

Gonzalez greeting fans at the gate and helping old ladies to the restroom.

2007-03-25 13:10:07
80.   trainwreck
77
Grady, Ned, Frank does not really matter...

They are all apart of Cerberus.

2007-03-25 14:00:06
81.   underdog
So, Sam, who could the Dodgers conceivably get in exchange for Hendrickson? (or Tomko for that matter - once the D's come to their senses and realize Bills should be starting) The Church idea sounds lovely but I don't think even the Nats are that desperate - or have they really soured on him? Maybe Hendy and a prospect (since the Nats also need more help for later, in the minors). I like this idea but it feels like the cupboard is fairly bare over there. On the other hand, it's better than just releasing him and getting nothing.

Can Abreu play OF btw? Since we do need another RH bat. I feel like if Repko is gonna be out as long as it sounds, Kemp should get next look based on being RH.

2007-03-25 14:01:50
82.   Gen3Blue
Just got in. Its getting hard to think Loney's hitting is an accident. It looks like they are using regular balls for everybody and throwing him something the size of a grapefruit. I take it he did some bad routes in right during the game. The only defensive thing to show in the "live" box was that he had an assist at third.
2007-03-25 14:08:54
83.   underdog
This was Rotoworld's take on Kuo, btw:

"Hong-Chih Kuo will rest his sore shoulder two to three weeks before he resumes throwing.//
Kuo is going to miss at least the first month of the season, and he may not see the majors again until June. It really could be for the best, though. There was hardly any chance that he was going to last 200 innings, and shutting him down now increases the likelihood that he'll be healthy come September"

Is he really out that long, or is it TBD? Sounds a little like conjecture on their part but maybe he is out longer than I thought.

2007-03-25 14:09:58
84.   Sam DC
81: I actually had been thinking more of the Nationals signing him if the Dodgers released him.

Nats don't have a lot to trade with. If Ray King or Dmitri Young play well in the first half, I expect the team would try and flip them for "prospects" in July.

Maybe Colletti would take Nook Logan as a wheelsy backup for Juan Pierre?

2007-03-25 14:14:14
85.   underdog
What about Nook LaRoosh? ;-)

Btw, speaking of silly rumors, this one sounds particularly farfetched:
http://tinyurl.com/2cdmmt

Willis to the Dodgers, in a deal including Kemp? Why would they want to trade to acquire more starting pitching, and lose more OF depth? Ridiculous.

2007-03-25 14:27:14
86.   Disabled List
ItD (the real one) is reporting that Bombko has been officially named the 5th starter.

Yippee.

2007-03-25 14:32:24
87.   Gen3Blue
85 That rumour is so insane that combined with the current regime, it scares me deeply. The paucity of home developed outfielders has been discussed lately and it seems very valid. I'm not sure F. Guttierez was mentioned,but he was one of the most recent. It seems if an above average OF prospect advances to a certain level, he is doomed to be dropped like a bad habit.
2007-03-25 14:37:32
88.   Gen3Blue
Of course,that was for Milton Bradley--thank god this rumor doesnt involve Dukes, or I'd be even more scared.
2007-03-25 14:39:20
89.   Greg Brock
I would pay a lot of money to see Dukes and Kent in the same locker room.
2007-03-25 14:46:01
90.   underdog
The Bradley deal made sense to me - and still sorta does, despite Bradley's implosions and injuries - because they did get a very talented outfielder and Gutierrez hasn't quite set the world on fire as of yet (still young though) and neither did Andy Brown (yet). Of course now it's an Ethier for Gutierrez deal in a sense, which I'll still take. But yeah, any deal rumor is going to scare me - I really wouldn't take that one very seriously though unless the Dodgers are also planning on trading Penny soon.
2007-03-25 14:51:27
91.   trainwreck
I bet that rumor was floated out there by the Marlins, because they want that deal to happen.
2007-03-25 14:54:14
92.   underdog
Post top up new!
2007-03-25 14:54:41
93.   underdog
91 Or a bored beat writer who wants to get attention.
2007-03-25 15:37:59
94.   sweepstakes
What about D Young as fourth outfielder? He's hitting .333.

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