… and nothing but the truth! That’s why you come here, because I am going to tell you the truth. God knows it’s not because I’m a writer. At any rate, let’s consider the following and see if what is happening is true or false.
True or False: Ned Colletti, Frank McCourt and Dennis Mannion have all been “singing out of the same hymnbook” that it’s business as usual for the Dodgers”?
Answer: True and False! It’s true that it is “business as usual,” but the “business model” has been changed, so that’s false. Let me explain. Ned has made some acquisitions the past few years which have not proven to be (how should I say it?) prudent (how’s that?). Now, under some circumstances, he might be fired, but not in this case because Frank McCourt, as the new owner of the Dodgers was trying to make an impact and the signings of Pierre (I love Juan Pierre, but he was a bad signing), Schmidt, Jones and Manny were all approved (or even “pushed”) by Frank. So, Ned does not bear all the culpability for those bad deals, and Frank and Ned have come to an understanding: Frank will be an owner and Ned will be the GM. Frank has also assured Ned that if he needs more funds to sign a player, he can feel free to come to Frank for more money. Frank wants to keep the payroll at around $100,000,000 this year, but after the May hearing, he will have a better idea if the Dodgers can be buyers in August and he thinks they can.
The truth is that the Dodgers have a very good team this year. Maybe it has escaped some of you, but they have some extremely good young players who have gotten better (much better) the past three years. Even our oft-maligned catcher is rated 4th to 7th in most Fantasy Leagues. If you can’t have Joe Mauer, the 4th to 7th best Catcher ain’t so bad! We have some young pitchers who are suddenly just going to “get it.” BANG! Our aces-in-waiting will become our aces. None of this is lost on savvy baseball people, but it is lost on some of you.
Forget the TOP 100 or TOP 50 Baseball Prospects. Ethan Martin is in the Top 50, but I think we have 4 or 5 others who are better than him- Aaron Miller, Chris Withrow, Garrett Gould, Josh Lindblom, Alan Webster and Nate Eavoldi may be among them. Think Andrew Lambo’s stock has dropped? Keep thinking that! Watch him rake this year. Dee Gordon? This kid has “star”written all over him!
What about the big club? Why did we sign Jamey Carroll only to sign Ronnie Belliard a few weeks later? Simple – Ned had to make sure we had a veteran second-baseman, and Lopez, Belliard and Hudson were asking Big Bux. Ned signed Jamey to make sure he had a fallback plan. Plan A is to give Blake DeWitt the opportunity to win the job (forget his season last year, as he bounced around like a yo-yo from the Ravine to Albaquacky 9 times). The year before, he hit over .300 for 2 months and he has some decent power. Unless he tanks, the job is his. Carroll will be a “Dave Hansen Type” Pinch Hitter and Belly will be Belly.
You naysayers are in for a surprise. This team isn’t just “good” – IT’S VERY GOOD!
Dodger fans – you are in for the ride of your life, and in August, the Dodgers will probably be buyers because they haven’t blown their budget.
Like Dave Ramsey says “Live like no one else now, so you can live like no one else later.”