The Dodgers have improved over 2008. They won more games, but they still couldn’t get past the Phillies, and the Phillies will still be good next year. I suspect that Raul Ibanez had his career year and will slip back to reality next year and the Phillies will have some holes to fill, just like the Dodgers. Like the Dodgers, the Phillies have a former ace who needs to come back and I believe both will. It would not surprise me to see either one win a Cy Young Award in the future, even as easly as next year. I fully expect Hamels and Billingsley to both win 16-18 games next year. Both pitchers have too much talent.
Manny will return as Manny, because he’s playingfor Manny, and the Dodgers should benefit from his quest for a new contract, in what will certainly be his last year as a Dodger. Look for Manny to hit .320+ with 35 HR and 130 RBI. I look for more growth by Kemp and Ethier as both become perennialAll-Stars. Russ Martin? He’ll be back with a vengeance! Count on it! I do see two areas in which the Dodgers need to improve: They need more power from 3B and 1B and they will get it from James Loney at 1B, who I believe will hit around 25 dingers. He has shown he is capable. 3B is another issue. Casey Blake had a better year than I expected, but he’s still a journeyman at best. We need a big HR bat at 3B and will will get robbed if we try and trade or one. Here’s what we do: Sign Adrian Beltre! Sign Adrian Beltre. He loves LA and is a cinch to hit 30 for the Dodgers. Yeah, I know you don’t believe me, but he will! If you want to look at stats, then I’ll use the year he hit 48 HR as a stat! He’s young enough that we can sign him to a 5 year deal. That means we need to dump Blake, and we can do that in a deal for Roy Halliday. I purpose that we trade Jon Broxton, Casey Blake, James McDonald, Ethan Martin, and Chris Withrow to Toronto for Roy Halliday (pay a lot, get a lot). I am not a Blake hater, but we need to get younger and better at 3B!
We need to offer Wolf and Hudson arbitration – neither will accept and we will get 4 picks for the deal. To keep payroll down, make the 2B competition open for Hu, DeJesus, and DeWitt – one will win the job, probably DeWitt. If you look at even numbered years, you will see that Raffy does better in them. Look for a big year in 2010 for Raffyas he keeps SS warm for Dee Gordon. With the signings and trades I am advocating, the Dodger’s payroll for 2010 should be less than $120 million.
- Raffy SS
- Martin C
- Kemp CF
- Manny LF
- Ethier RF
- Beltre 3B
- Loney 1B
- DeWitt 2B
Lindblom and Sherrill and Belisario and Troncoso are Quad-Closers. Elbert
Pierre, Ellis, Hu,Doug M. (I can’t spell Mientkiewicz), X.Paul
- Dodger minor league shortstop Dee Gordon and outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez were named Topps/Minor League Players of the Year for their respective leagues. The Dodgers joined the Rays and Yankees as the only franchises withmultiple winners among the 16 domestic Minor Leagues. Gordon won the honors in the Single-A Midwest League, batting .301 with a league-leading 73 steals and 12 triples for the Great Lakes Loons. Gordon also earned the Branch Rickey Award as the Dodgers’ Minor League Player of the Year, Midwest League Prospect of the Year, and league co-Most Valuable Player. He was also selected to Baseball America’s Mid-Season Minor League All-Star team for all levels of play and to the league’s mid-season and postseason All-Star teams. The 21-year-old ranked among the leaders for all full-season minor league players in steals (second), in triples (tied for eighth), in hits (11th), and in runs (15th) in his second year in professional baseball after being selected in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Cavazos-Galvezclaimed the award for the Rookie-advanced Pioneer League, batting .322 with a league-leading 18 homers for the Ogden Raptors. Cavazos-Galvez, 22, won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award and was named to the league All-Star team after being selected in the 12thround of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of New Mexico. He also led the circuit with97 hits, 50 extra base hits, 59 runs, and 29 doubles, and also ranked second in the league with 63 RBI. Brian’s father, Balvino Galvez, played eight seasons in the Dodger organization, pitching in 10 games for the Dodgers in 1986, his lone Major League experience.
- Ronnie Belliard, Orlando Hudson and Doug Mientkiewicz and pitchers Randy Wolf, Jon Garland and Eric Milton all filed for Free Agency. I think Mientkiewicz is the only one likely to come back.
- DSix front-office employees who were hired by former Dodgers vice president Charles Steinberg were fired. They were public relations officers Mark Rogoff and Drew Merle, vice president of creative services Tom Catlin, graphics manager Courtney Cowsill, fan services and hospitality director Jahaan Blake and supervisor of the Ambassadors program Alyssa Shuman.
- Don Mattingly allegedly turned down an opportunity to interview to manage for the Nationals. Who wouldn’t?
- Six front-office employees who were hired by former Dodgers vice president Charles Steinberg were fired. They were public relations officers Mark Rogoff and Drew Merle, vice president of creative services Tom Catlin, graphics manager Courtney Cowsill, fan services and hospitality director Jahaan Blake and supervisor of the Ambassadors program Alyssa Shuman.