Posted on 19 December 2008.
The rumor on the street, put out by Randy Wolf’s agent, is that he would like to return to the Dodgers, and that just might be an excellent option for us. Wolf could probably be signed for a one -year deal with an option year, probably for $6 to $8 million per year. That makes more sense to me than signing a pitcher long term. It also looks like the Manny sweepstakes will default to us. I just don’t see anyone making a big run at him, and I think Ned has believed that all along. I still think Orlando Hudson would look nice behind Raffy and I think he could probably be had for a 3-year/$28 Million deal, but DeWitt probably won’t be that much of a dropoff at 2B. I expect Blake DeWitt to hit 15-20 HR in a full season within the next couple years, maybe as soon as next year. He looked good defensively at 2B (not as good as Hudson, of course), but I do like his “grit.” We have a unique infield in Loney, DeWitt, Raffy and Blake in that all four can hit the ball out of the park. They are not the BIG BOPPERS, but it is possible that all four could have 15+ HR each!
Also, Oliver Perez is being mentioned as being on the Dodgers radar. I am not enthralled with him as he usually is very, very good or very, very bad! He’s so up and down!
Finally, Congratulation to Hong-Chih Kuo on being named the set-up man of the year. Hoipefully, his elbow issue at the end of the season won’t linger and he can act as co-closer with the Brox! Our pen should be a GREAT STRENGTH this year with the two above pitchers, along with Cory Wade, Scott Elbert, and remember this name – Ramon Troncoso. Ramon is going to have huge year next year as a middle reliever or set-up man. Also, I expect James McDonald to work out of the pen, especially if we sign another FA starter and if Schmidt makes it back. Our bullpen will be stellar next year.