With the Dodgers pitching rotation settled (1-4 and #5 from a plethora of in-house candidates), Ned has now turned his attention to 2B and the utility players. At last glance, we had Blake DeWitt and Jamey Carroll at 2B, and I am fine with that, but I doubt that Ned is. Felipe Lopez and Ronnie Belliard are still out there, last time I checked.
Carroll and Belliard are not shortstops, and while Lopez has not played SS for a couple of years, he could play the position in a pinch. The only real SS we have other than Raffy is Hu, and we may or may not be able to keep him because of his bat. Lopez made $3.5 mil last year and no one is busting down his door. He might be a bargain, and might be perfect as a #2 hitter for us. Since he played for St. Louis the last half of 2008, his OB% has been over .400. He has good speed and can steal a base, although he hasn’t been asked to lately. I am intrigued with the possibility of Felipe playing 2B for us. He’s a switch-hitter and sometimes as a guy nears 30, “it’s right place, right time. ”
Our infield would be set with him at 2B and DeWitt able to spell Blake at 3B against tough right-handers. Carroll becomes a pinch-hitter and relief at 2B or 3B. Hu would probably not make the team under that scenario. We payed about $9 mil last year for a second baseman who is arguably not an upgrade over Lopez.
In the outfield we have Jason Repko and Xavier Paul and while I am fine with both of them, Ned probably isn’t. Stay tuned!