Yeah, Arte Moreno looks really swell – He signed Lackey and Figgins and Matsui, right? What? not Lackey and Figgins? Well, Matsui is a friggin’ gazelle, I tell you! Moreno is a genius! Yeah, that’s the ticket!
You guys kill me with your incessant sobbing!
Come next season, you goofballs are going to look back and say “I must enjoy imagining how bad things were so I could just make myself miserable.” What a way to live. NOT! We must have a $38 million dollar payroll – we are selling off our players right? WRONG! Use your heads. This year we will have to pay our arbitration-eligible players a lot more money and then sign them to EVEN BIGGER contracts in a year or so. Dope-fiend moves right now will eliminate that possibility.
This team is going to win. Now, I am not betting they go to the Series (but I always root for them to do so), but you never know – Remember, big contracts to free agent pitchers seldom work out. The Dodgers aren’t going to make any more dope-fiend-Jason-Schmidt-Andruw-Jones-Juan-Pierre-Moves.
I like Jamey Carroll – he is another Indiana Boy from Don Mattingley’s hometown of Evansville. His .351 career OB% says what he is about. I believe we will see a platoon of DeWitt and Carroll at 2B. Jamey had a .376 OB% against Lefties last year, which is who he will probably face the most. I would expect to see him maintain that OB% level in Dodger Stadium. He is a great “Clubhouse guy,” and while not a fast base-runner, he is a very good base-runner. His defense is solid, if not spectacular, and at www.truebluela.com, Eric Stephen makes a case that Andre Ethiers’ reluctance to charge balls harder may be the result of Orlando Hudson trying to play RF (those are my words not his). That’s a valid argument. I would expect to see him and DeWitt fill the #8 hole. I was not a fan of DeWitt in the beginning, but I believe he is a “Ballplayer” and he just might get us 15-20 HR.
I know that no one is excited to have Luis Ayala, but you have to sign several guys like this every year for the AAA roster, and sometimes you catch “lightening in a bottle.” Probably not in this case…
On Randy Wolf – some say that he would have not accepted arbitration from the Dodgers with an offer like he got from the Brewers. HELLO! The Brewers didn’t make that offer until AFTER he was not offered arbitration. Randy Wolf would have accepted arbitration – ABSOLUTELY! Why? Because he knew that he could get $12+ million in arbitration. He did not have that $30 mil offer from the Brewers on the table at the time arbitration was to be offered. He really did not know what his market would be. He really wanted to stay in SoCal and that was also a factor.
Just because he was offered arbitration and accepted, would not limit his signing. So, to say that he would not have accepted is just plain crazy. He most likely WOULD HAVE accepted. Why would he NOT keep all his options open? Ditto with Hudson. The market did not beat a path to his door last season and they are not doing it again this off-season. You are delusional if you don’t think he would have accepted arbitration, while still seeking a better deal. Nobody was willing to pay him much last year and history is repeating itself! Do any of you really think players who had been “froze out” in last years market would have turned down $12 – 13 mil and $8-9 mil respectively? THINK PEOPLE! THINK!
There is uncertainty with the Dodgers situation, especially since the Ownership Issue won’t be resolved until June… at the earliest, but there is no “fire sale” here and the sky is not falling! The Dodgers have financial constraints, but they will still be around $100 mil in payroll and that’s hardly the San Diego Padres!
According to multiple sources, the Dodgers are chasing Aaron Harang (a player I targeted a while back). His stats won’t impress you, but he wants to win and was not happy in Cincy. I don’t predict he’ll be an ace, but he could very well deliver 200+ innings at a 3.75 ERA (or lower) in Dodger Stadium. Forget the past 3 years stats – this is a case where you have to have “Vision.” He’ll probably cost the Dodgers McDonald or Elbert, and someone like Repko or Paul.