Posted on 18 December 2008.
With the stunning signing of Rafael Furcal, we now have our SS position filled for the next 3 or 4 years (hopefully, for all we paid), so Ivan DeJesus is expendable… and very tradable, I might add! The fact that Raffy chose to sign with the Dodgers is simply because he prefers to play in LA for a team that has a chance to win it all. Raffy bleeds Dodger Blue! So, now we could package DeJesus, DeWitt and Pierre to Kansas City for Zach Greinke (he could easily become a #2), and sign Orlando Hudson to play 2B. DeWitt is a nice player, but I basically think he’s a LH Casey Blake. He’s hard-nosed and has a flair for the dramatic, but he’s a “journeyman” in my opinion. Hudson is a Gold-Glove 2B and a .300 hitter who would look nice in our #2 spot. I have not heard anyone say anything about a trade like this, but here’s my rationale: We basically “overpay” for Greinke by throwing in BOTH DeWitt and DeJesus so that KC will accept Pierre’s salary, and they do need a leadoff hitter anyway! Pierre’s salary dump is basically a wash with Hudson and then all there is left to do is to sign Manny or Abreu or Burrell, if Manny won’t sign.
AND NOW HEAR THIS:
The Dodgers played it pretty close to the vest on this deal with Furcal, but some of you continue to blast the McCourts (like TJ Slimers), when if fact, they have ALWAYS shown they will spend the mony when necessary! McCourt knows it takes money to make money and some small-minded idiot, troublemakers like Slimers simply don’t grasp the facts. What an IDIOT! He couldn’t run a lemonade stand! I hate people who make their living criticizing people who have the ability to do things they can’t do.
It appears that Ben Sheets is not being offered much in the free agent market. Now might be a good time for the Dodgers to step-up with an incentive-laden deal for him. Yeah, I know about his injury history, but we are not counting on him to be an ace!