First of all, I am a Russ Martin fan, but foremost, I am a Dodger fan. Earlier this year, I suggested that James Loney may be trade bait, but now I am also going to suggest that Russell Martin could be the one to be traded. First of all, you should trade from a position of strength and we have AJ Ellis, Lucas May, Tony Delmonico, Matt Wallach and others moving up the ladder. Russ Martin may also have peaked – we may have seen his best. He was an overachiever, and maybe he will just continue to be a very good catcher, but not a star. He will always be a good player, but trading him now may net us the most value in return.
He is THE BEST signal caller in baseball, best at blocking pitches in the dirt, and while his stats don’t reflect it, he has an elite arm. The reason his caught stealing numbers are low is the fact that the Dodgers do not place a high priority on holding runners, and he is always at a disadvantage because of it. On www.FireNedCollettiNow.com, Kensai posted Martin’s POP times, and they are some of the best in the game (POP is how long it takes from when the ball hits the catchers’ mitt until it hits the glove of the fielder). Martin is an ELITE DEFENSIVE CATCHER! However, I think that if we could get a #2 or #3 starter for Martin and maybe some other prospects, we probably would be a much better team. So, when I say that we might trade Martin, I say it not because I am dissatisfied with him, but rather because I think we would improve the team by doing it. Suggestions?
A wild card in this deal is Rafael Furcal who is hitting like a #8 hitter (and fielding like a below-average SS). Can we afford Ellis/Ausmus and Furcal hitting at the bottom of the lineup.
To use a Lawdog saying, it would be “felony stupid” to continue to hit Casey Blake (who appears to be in the midst of a “career year”) in the #8 spot. It was good to see Joe Torre move him up today … all the way the cleanup! I suspect that with his .305 average, he’ll stay in the middle of the order.
RANTS & RAVES
- Jamie Hoffman: What a debut! I don’t think he’ll be a star, but I do think with Paul and Hoffman, we have 2 really, really good 4th oF!
- There is something wrong with Corey Wade. YES! PERIOD!
- Mota keeps hanging on. Is this a god or bad thing?
- Should we be BOLD and trade Pierre and Martin now? Pierre’s stock is high.