Stirring the pot? Me? I resemble that statement! However, this I believe:
- Manny Ramirez has become a liability – he’ll get better, but he’s still a liability;
- Russ Martin will regain his post-2009 form (maybe this month, maybe next year);
- I like Orlando Hudson, but he will probably be too expensive. I think the Dodgers would offer him a deal like 3 years/$16 million, but that’s probably not enough (someone else will give more and he’s not worth that);
- We won’t trade for DanUggla – too one-dimensional, and not enough defense;
- Who’s on 2B? It won’t be Tony Abreu unless the D-Backs void his deal (not likely). It could be Blake DeWitt (his bad year doesn’t faze me) or Ivan DeJesus, Jr. I see Ivan as a 2B, not a SS (not quite enough range). After missing most of this season, he could be another year away, but you never know.
- I have suggested trading Martin and Loney, but I like both of them too much to do that yet!
- If this were my team, I would figure out how to void Manny’s deal and put Pierre in LF.
- Then I’d trade Raffy for whoever would take him if we paid half his salary.
- Next, I’d trade Dee Gordon, Andrew Lambo, Scott Elbert, Chris Withrow, James Adkins, Ethan Martin and James McDonald (I’d overwhelm the Marlins) to Florida for Hanley Ramirez. All the Dodgers have to do is rename Mannywood to Hanleywood!
- I still believe that Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw will be the Dynamic Duo!
- I would choose one of the following: Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla or Jon Garland (we’ll see how they do the rest of the way).
- Pierre LF
- Martin C
- Ramirez SS
- Ethier RF
- Kemp CF
- Loney 1B
- Blake 3B
- DeJesus/DeWitt 2B
Rafael Furcal is not the player he once was. Manny will never be THAT guy again and Juan Pierre is a pro! We will have him for two more years and he’s our only legitimite leadoff hitter. DeWitt or DeJesus will be fine at 2B as long as they hit #8. Our farm system doesn’t have a lot of major league ready players, but we have a lot of lower level players who are coming fast. We would gut our system to get Hanley, but he could be the face of the Franchise with Kemp, Loney, Ethier, Martin, Billingsley and Kershaw for the next 10 years. Dee Gordon will be a very good player, but we can trade him for a SS who will be there for 1o years. We have two years to get a LF and/or leadoff hitter.
I don’t mean to disrespect Orlando Hudson. He has played amazing defense and has saved many hits and runs. He is 31 and is fragile to some degree. While he is probably good for the next 3 years years, he is a risk and you don’t pay more than $6 or $7 mil to a guy who is not a HR hitter. You just don’t. DeJesus and DeWitt are cheap and allow you to pay in other areas.
Oh, finally, I would ditch Torre and company and Colletti. Here’s my staff:
- GM – Kim Ng and Logan White (duo)
- Manager – Kirk Gibson
- Pitching Coach – Dave Duncan
- Hitting Coach - Mark Loretta
- Third Base Coach – Brad Ausmus
- First Base Coach - Mariano Duncan
But, if we win the World Series this year, forget all of what I said! I still think Joe needs to open a can…
RANTS & RAVES
- Again, it wasn’t the pitching. It was the hitting. Kuroda was rusty, but that was expected. No Hitting!
- It’s not time to panic. This is a game of momentum and we have 3 more weeks. Panic if we give up first place or if we are still playing like this in two weeks. In the meantime: Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
Minor League Recap – 9/06/09 by Jared of http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
Albuquerque lost 3-1
Xavier Paul – 1 for 5, K (.330 BA)
Chin Lung Hu – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.297 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 0 for 3, BB, 2 K’s (.253 BA)
Scott Van Slyke – 1 for 3, BB, E (.250 BA)
Tony Abreu – 0 for 1, K (.352 BA)
Josh Lindblom – 1 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, K (2.54 ERA)
Chattanooga won 6-0
Trayvon Robinson – 1 for 4, R, BB (.222 BA)
Andrew Lambo – 1 for 4, RBI, K (.254 BA)
Inland Empire lost 7-6
Steven Caseres – 0 for 5, R, 2 K’s (.262 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 2 for 4, RBI, R, CS (.238 BA)
Tim Sexton – 4 IP, 6 Hits, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s (3.96 ERA)
Kenley Jansen – 1 IP, 4 Hits, ER, BB, 2 K’s (4.63 ERA)
Great Lakes won 8-2
Kyle Russell – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, 2 K’s, 3 SB (.272 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 0 for 3, R, 2 BB, 3 K’s (.280 BA)
Jerry Sands – 2 for 3, 2 2B’s, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, HBP (.257 BA)
Ethan Martin – 3 IP, 3 Hits, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K’s (3.87 ERA)
Nathan Eovaldi – 3 IP, 3 Hits, 0 R, BB, 3 K’s (3.27 ERA)
Cole St Clair – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s (2.48 ERA)
Ogden lost 5-3
Clay Calfee – 0 for 4 (.345 BA)
Mario Songco – 1 for 4, R, 3 K’s (.307 BA)
JT Wise – 2 for 4, 2B, HR (7), RBI, R (.338 BA)
Kyle Orr – 2 for 4, 3B, RBI, K (.222 BA)
Blake Smith – 1 for 4, E (.206 BA)
BCG – 0 for 1, K (.320 BA)
Players of the day – The Loons
Ethan Martin and Nathan Eovaldi combined for 10 strikeouts and only 1 earned run today. The dynamic duo has impressed all year but gotten better as the season rolled on. Martin’s post AS break ERA is 3. Eovaldi’s post AS break ERA is 2. Cole St Clair hasn’t allowed a run since July. Kyle Russell is a 20/20 player with his 3 stolen bases today. Jerry Sands salvages his trip back to Great Lakes with a 7 for 13 September. Alfredo Silverio batted .290 after the AS break with 9 home runs. And of course, there’s league co-MVP and Prospect of the Year Dee Gordon who (I believe) leads the planet with 73 stolen bases. Not quite the 2005 Jacksonville Suns, but a great collection of talent.