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The Tallest Dodger Is Derek Lowe
2007-12-12 15:19
by Jon Weisman

Mark Hendrickson will cease to be a Dodger at 9 p.m. tonight, according to Josh Rawitch at Inside the Dodgers. (I believe it was unintentional that this news came under the headline of another story, "A Great Day ...") Commenter LOB was the first to spot the news.

Jason Repko, Joe Beimel, Yhency Brazoban and Scott Proctor did get contract offers, according to Diamond Leung of the Press-Enterprise. (Thanks to commenter Worz.)

Hendrickson pitched 197 2/3 innings for Los Angeles, allowing 234 hits (including 22 home runs), walking 57 and striking out 140. Acquired to be an effective innings eater, his ERA with the team was 5.01 and pitched seven innings in a game just once.

Previously on Dodger Thoughts: "Something Ventured, Nothing Gained?"

2007-12-12 15:29:38
1.   RELX
If they get rid of Pierre, there will be no one else on the team to hate!
2007-12-12 15:31:12
2.   worz
From Diamond's blog:

"The Dodgers have non-tendered pitcher Mark Hendrickson, who was due for a raise after making $2.925 million in 2007. All other arbitration-eligible players were offered contracts."

2007-12-12 15:32:10
3.   RELX
But seriously looks like Colletti/McCourt have told the truth about going with the youngsters, and not relying on mediocre veterans.
2007-12-12 15:32:35
4.   Dane Bramage
And the title of Diamond's blog piece..."Timber!"
2007-12-12 15:33:08
5.   trainwreck
From previous thread:

Nice one, Bob.

Howland just announced that Keefe is going to red-shirt.

2007-12-12 15:35:15
6.   Eric Stephen
An outfield glut?

Since Repko will apparently be tendered a contract, here is the OF situation:

RF - Kemp
CF - Andruw
LF - Pierre

Young (out of options)
Repko (one option year left)

I doubt all 6 players make the 25-man, unless Delwyn is used as some sort of super utility in the OF & 2B as well.

Barring a trade, Repko is the most likely to be sent to the minors since Delwyn Young is out of options, but why would the Dodgers pay Repko $500-$600k to be the 6th OFer? Maybe Repko and Young battle in spring training for the 5th OF spot, but I'd hate to lose Young on waivers.

2007-12-12 15:36:00
7.   fanerman
6 There's one obvious solution to our OF problem.
2007-12-12 15:37:06
8.   Eric Stephen
I know that, you know that, and roughly 69% of 15,000+ LA Times readers know that.
2007-12-12 15:37:17
9.   trainwreck
I still think there is a good chance we trade Ethier or Pierre.

If it ended up coming down to those six, I think you have to send Repko down regardless of pay.

2007-12-12 15:37:26
10.   natepurcell
"I don't have any interest in trading Matt Kemp," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "We plan on having him here."
2007-12-12 15:39:43
11.   fanerman
10 Colletti also said he doesn't plan on trading Juan Pierre.


2007-12-12 15:40:02
12.   RELX
Why do the Dodgers even give serious consideration to having Repko on the team? Because he can sort of play CF? He isn't a very good player, hasn't played in a year, and is dangerous to the other players around him.
2007-12-12 15:40:07
13.   KG16
1 - no, Kent is still coming back.
2007-12-12 15:41:38
14.   Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
Re: 11

I think our most realistic hope of being rid of Pierre is that Torre makes him what he really is, a 4OF. The ChiSox deal would be nice, but I wouldn't bet on it--Ned loves depth, and I think he'll want Pierre on the roster.


2007-12-12 15:41:59
15.   Jon Weisman
Current 25-man?

Starting Pitchers (5): Billingsley, Lowe, Penny, Schmidt, Loaiza

Bullpen (6): Saito, Broxton, Beimel, Proctor, Brazoban, Kuo/Houlton

Starting lineup (8): Martin, Loney, Kent, Furcal, Garciaparra, Pierre, Jones, Kemp

Bench (6): Abreu, LaRoche, May, Repko, Young, Valdez/Hu

2007-12-12 15:42:06
16.   natepurcell

I have selective reading.

2007-12-12 15:42:58
17.   Eric Stephen
Decent backup OF, can play all 3 positions, has a howitzer of an arm.
2007-12-12 15:43:13
18.   natepurcell


2007-12-12 15:43:51
19.   fanerman
17 Oh, so you're saying that he's a better 4th outfielder than Juan Pierre.
2007-12-12 15:44:06
20.   BlueCrew Bruin
15 Ethier instead of May?
2007-12-12 15:44:48
21.   Eric Stephen
Right now, I'd guess a 12th pitcher (Houlton/Hull) over Valdez/Hu.
2007-12-12 15:45:09
22.   SG6
11 - but he was winking when he said that.
2007-12-12 15:45:21
23.   RELX
Surprisingly, I don't dislike Kent. I think it is partly because he is a pretty good player, plus he has been a "insert rule #1 violation of choice" for so long that you eventually become numb to his behavior. And, it looks like he really did not have much influence with the higher ups after all, as it appears as if the trashcan moving kids are all returning.
2007-12-12 15:45:34
24.   Eric Stephen
I guess maybe the 12th pitcher is whomever the Dodgers get for Ethier! :)
2007-12-12 15:45:56
25.   Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
Re: 19

Didn't Repko flash some power potential, also? It's been so long since I've seen him play regularly.

I would rather have Pierre, though, as a 4OF; Pierre has a decent average, and can steal bases--I'm not sure if Repko can even hit above the low 200s on a regular basis.


2007-12-12 15:46:05
26.   Jon Weisman
11 - Yeah, I saw that too. I think I have to give that its own post.
2007-12-12 15:46:22
27.   RELX
17. Likes to crash into walls, and Furcals...
2007-12-12 15:46:22
28.   Eric Stephen
May is on there because there has to be a backup catcher, and May is the only other C on the 40-man at this moment.
2007-12-12 15:47:04
29.   Jon Weisman
18 - Oops. There's always someone.

May is filling the backup catcher slot for now.

Starting Pitchers (5): Billingsley, Lowe, Penny, Schmidt, Loaiza

Bullpen (6): Saito, Broxton, Beimel, Proctor, Brazoban, Kuo/Houlton

Starting lineup (8): Martin, Loney, Kent, Furcal, Garciaparra, Pierre, Jones, Kemp

Bench (6): Abreu, LaRoche, May, Ethier, Young, Valdez/Hu

2007-12-12 15:47:21
30.   regfairfield
15 Ethier instead of LaRoche, Hull or some other middle reliever instead of Valdez.
2007-12-12 15:48:54
31.   BlueCrew Bruin
28 Ah, for some reason I was thinking of May as a 1B-man.
2007-12-12 15:49:04
32.   Peanuts in My Shoes
11 Ned also said that he didn't plan on firing Grady Little.
2007-12-12 15:49:49
33.   natepurcell

So our only hope is if Pierre tells Colletti he is a CF and not a LFer?

2007-12-12 15:50:41
34.   Eric Stephen
Maybe we can have all 6 OFers on the 25-man, with Delwyn playing the occasional 2B but mostly being a PH (the Sweeney role, if you will).
2007-12-12 15:52:51
35.   Jon Weisman
32 - There you go.
2007-12-12 15:54:22
36.   RELX
Repko has played in 198 games in his MLB career. In 406 AB's, he has a .232 BA, a .302 OBP, a .382 Slg %, and a .684 OPS. He has hit 11 homers. He will turn 27 this month. Mediocre numbers, albeit in fairly limited time.
2007-12-12 15:55:15
37.   fanerman
32 That could also mean Kemp isn't as on solid ground as Ned might suggest. Though it sounds like Kemp has a stronger endorsement than Pierre.
2007-12-12 15:58:00
38.   Peanuts in My Shoes
37 That's what I kind of read into it, too. Kemp is going to be here, but he doesn't plan on trading Pierre. He could always say, "I didn't plan on it, but the White Sox made a good offer."
2007-12-12 15:58:28
39.   Peanuts in My Shoes
38. For Pierre, that is. (I hope)
2007-12-12 15:59:03
40.   D4P
It is not realistic to expect Ned to say that he plans on trading Pierre.
2007-12-12 16:01:21
41.   dzzrtRatt
36 Isn't Repko-rage a 2004 hangover? Or is it coming back into fashion, like Canadian music?
2007-12-12 16:04:08
42.   regfairfield
41 As long as he's being a spare part, I'm perfectly fine with him.
2007-12-12 16:14:35
43.   SG6
40 - I agree. Much different to say, "I'm not trading Pierre" than "I don't plan on trading Pierre."

The best laid plans...

2007-12-12 16:21:47
44.   Brent Knapp
6 If Delwyn young only has Major league stats for two years doesn't he have one option year left?
2007-12-12 16:22:23
45.   regfairfield
44 No, if you're on the 40 man and play in the minors, it's an option year.
2007-12-12 16:52:17
46.   MJW101
34 Kent would be the defensive replacement for Young at 2B.
2007-12-12 23:45:34
47.   scareduck
Good riddance.

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