The Blue Jays have hung a FOR SALE sign on Roy Halliday, and Dodger fans are clamoring for a trade to be made. Let me suggest that it’s not that simple, and the price we would have to pay would be the blood of our first-born, Clayton Kershaw! I will say right off that I would love to have Roy Halliday, but I would NEVER give up Kershaw to get him. I’d give up a lot, but not Clayton. Trade discussions would have to start with other prospects. While Clayton still struggles with too many pitches, he is growing better every start. Last night, he pitched 6 shutout innings on the road (where he has usually struggled this year). I watched the New York feed and the Mets announcers were Ga-Ga over young Clayton. Ron Darling thinks that, as soon as next season, Clayton Kershaw will be mentioned among the Santanas, Hallidays and Billingsleys. Clayton now has a 3.27 ERA… and dropping. So, I am saying NO to trading Clayton Kershaw.
Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts writes this about Clayton:
Clayton Kershaw pitched six shutout innings in the Dodgers’ 8-0 blanking of the New York Mets.
- In his past five starts, he has allowed two runs in 29 2/3 innings for a 0.61 ERA with 32 baserunners against 33 strikeouts.
- Since May 1, Kershaw has allowed 17 earned runs in 72 2/3 innings for a 2.11 ERA with 91 baserunners against 69 strikeouts.
- For the season, Kershaw has allowed 34 earned runs in 93 2/3 innings for a 3.27 ERA with 115 baserunners against 95 strikeouts.
Go ahead and hold his 5 1/2 innings per game against him if you like. I’ll not hold my nose at 5 1/2 innings per game of the 12th-best ERA in the National League with more than a strikeout per inning at age 21.
The kid is a phenom. He’s already a top-notch pitcher. He’s close to being a superstar.
I have been preaching the gospel of Clayton Kershaw for three years now and the only way the Dodgers can trade him is over my dead-body! Some of you guys are so hard on this kid, when like Jon says, he is “close to being a superstar“… he really is!
When I say that the trade is not that simple, that’s exactly what I mean. Roy Halliday is owed about $22 million for the remainder of this season and next season. That’s really not bad for a pitcher of his stature, however he also has a No-Trade Clause. What will it take to have him waive it? I am guessing at least $30 million – 2 more years. So again, we would have a 35-36 year-old pitcher we would be paying $15 mil a year. Sound familiar? By-the-way, Jason Schmidt took his regular turn last night and pitched 6 innings, allowed 7 hits, 4 runs, walked 1 and struck out 6. His era at AAA is now 3.95. He could be a possibility very soon in the Dodgers rotation.
Next, comes the compensation. What would we have to give the Blue Jays? Well, they are going to start with Kershaw, but we might be able to get them to accept a package that includes James McDonald, Scott Elbert, Josh Lindblom, Andrew Lambo and someone like Hu or DeWitt. We would not give them our best young pitcher, but we’ll give them what amounts to our TOP 4 prospects. I want to puke. However, I would have to seriously think about it. Would I do it? I don’t know. McDonald is the only player on the major league roster, so it wouldn’t weaken us much on that level, but I have visions of Lindblom becoming Roy Halliday! It all boils down to whether we are willing to give away some of our future for a shot at it all THIS YEAR? My gut tells me we should do it. Something about a “bird in the hand…” BUT NO KERSHAW! HE STAYS! I can tell you this: The Dodgers can put together the best package for Halliday of anyone in baseball, if they want him!
RANTS & RAVES
- Juan Pierre is living proof that when life gives you lemons, you should just make lemonade. What an incredible man! In a day of whining athletes and prima donnas, Juan Pierre is a shining beacon of what happens when you just shut up and play, whenever and wherever they say. I really admire Mr. Pierre.
- If you had told me before the season that between Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, one would be hitting .307 and the other .251 at tghis juncture, I would have picked Kemp at .251, not Ethier.
- Putting Andre lower in nthe lineup is not the solution, Joe, Move him to #3 ahead of Manny and watch him shine!
- Blake DeWitt – You have to love him. This is aguy who knows and has proven he can play here and he just shuts up and plays – in the majors or at AAA. I hope we don’t trade him. The Jays may want him…
- John Hirschbeck’s strike zone was pathetic last night, not just on the Manny call, but I saw a strikeout of Hudson where the ball was a good 8 inches inside!
- I think Manny just wanted out of the game anyway.
- What’s the Over-Under on how many more pitchers Joe Torre can kill? Wade and Belisario so far…
- Ben Bloch of The LA Times reports that “two young fans from New Jersey in the left-field stands passed out 400 copies of an 8-x-10 sign of Ramirez’s No. 99 framed by asterisks. Another fan down the left-field line held up a sign that read “Welcome Back From Maternity Leave,” a reference to the female fertility drug prescribed to Ramirez that caused his suspension.”