Since the Dodgers failed to offer arbitration the Hudson and Wolf, I have heard such incessant crying and complaining about the Dodgers failure to do so and how stupid it was. Right about now, I am going to publish what Jon Weisman wrote today at his new gig at ESPN Los Angeles, where he has evidently softened his stance on the arbitration issue as well. Take the time and read the article, where he ends up saying:
There’s got to be a middle ground in there with Hudson somewhere. Given the doubts about him and the price for which he signed, which was about $3-5 million less than what he might have won in a salary arbitration case with the Dodgers, maybe there’s more justification for the team not offering him salary arbitration than I originally allowed for. Thoughts are still in flux.
I have been telling you knuckleheads this for quite some time. Think about it. Would it have been smart to devote $10 mil to O-Dog? He’s a nice player, but he obviously isn’t all that. Yes, he’ll help Minnesota, and I might have wanted him at $5 mil, but the injury factor and diminishing skill factor has to be considered. Those of you who say he wouldn’t have accepted arbitration because he didn’t like the way Torre treated him are way out of touch. I can give you $10 million reasons why he would have accepted arbitration. Also, how can you be mad when you slump and are replaced by a guy who OPS’s over 1.000? You can’t say a damn thing and O-Dog didn’t!
Randy Wolf had his career year last year – watch and see what he does this year. We have a exciting group of young players, some of whom will step-up and seize the day. Why do you make yourself miserable by hating on an owner who has gotten the Dodgers to the playoffs more frequently than EVER in the past, and has built a great young team?
”But he isn’t spending enough on draft picks and international scouting…”
Tour Camelback Ranch and tell me he’s not spending money. It’s temporary! We will spend again. This too shall pass. Don’t make me keep questioning your sanity!
You will probably say “Yeah but…”
It’s time to put a sock in it. I’m sick of it. Let it play out. If you want to be miserable , do it on your own time. Get your own blog. It wearisome to me!
I am not saying the Dodgers will win the World Series, but we have a good shot. This team will contend, and when it’s all said and done, that’s what it’s about! Now, if I am wrong, then come back after the season and remind me.
By the way, the Smart Money is on the Colts – Give the points.