If you have a home which is worth $400,000 or $400,000,000 and you are served divorce papers by your spouse, what do you do? It’s obvious that a great part of the parties’ net worth is that asset. Some people are idiots about this – some have even burned-down the house rather than split the proceeds. Are the McCourts that stupid? I doubt it. Both appear to be greedy, self-absorbed, high-achievement people whom I think want to maximize their investments. What should they do? The biggest asset I think is the Dodgers. They have to keep that asset shiny and new – to make money now and to make the asset continue to appreciate. That’s why I think they will “Paint the House, not Blow-Up the House! We might not have a $120 million payroll, but it won’t be $75 million either!
SECOND BASE- I think that the Dodger Brass has identified 2B as a position that needs a power upgrade. Casey Blake is not a Big HR Hitter at 3B, Raffy isn’t at SS, Loney currently is not a power hitter at 1B, and Martin is not a HR hitter at C. Our only power is in the outfield. I think many people believe the Dodgers “stuck it to” Orlando Hudson so as not to have to pay him. If it had been $3 million, I’d buy it, but $10,000 or $190,000 (which is actually closer) is “chump change.” I think Joe Torre played Belliard in the playoffs (which didn’t count on O-Dog’s incentives) so they would have more power. I believe that’s the long and short of it, which brings me to what they will do at 2B next year.
I think the Dodgers have a three players on their radar: Mark DeRosa, Brandon Phillips and Dan Uggla. DeRosa is a free agent and has the least power, but he would not cost the Dodgers any players. DeRosa is a ballplayer, and I mean that as a complement. He’s a Casey-Blake-Type Player – not a bad thing, but maybe not what we need. Phillips and Uggla have more power, but either one would cost the Dodgers several prospects. Uggla has an “iron glove” at 2B, so my choice would be Brandon Phillips, who is a great defensive 2B and a legitimite threat to steal 30 Bases and hit 30 HR. What would Phillips cost? I think it would take a package of James McDonald, Scott Elbert, Chin-lung Hu or Ivan DeJesus, Jr. and another prospect such as Kyle Russell or maybe Blake DeWitt.
Phillips is set to make $6.75 mil in 2010, $11 mil in 2011 and the Dodgers would have an option in 2012 for $12 million. Not bad for a Gold-Glove Caliber 2B who is automatic to hit 20 HR and steal 25 bases. He is not a high OB% guy, so the Dodgers would be best served with him hitting 6th or so. Chone Figgins would be nice at 2B, but POWER is the issue. Uggla has more power, but we would be greatly weakened in our infield defense.
- Furcal SS
- Martin C
- Kemp CF
- Manny LF
- Ethier RF
- Phillips 2B
- Loney 1B
- Blake 3B
If I were to do this deal, I’d do it NOW! Then, I’d offer arbitration to Hudson and tell him if he accepted, he’d back-up Phillips (he won’t accept). The Dodgers have to offer Wolf arbitration (someone will give him a 2 or 3 year deal) and collect the picks for Hudson and Wolf.
- We need one more! Padilla? Troncoso? Wolf?