- The Dodgers took a lot a flack for signing Jamey Carroll and I was on record as saying that he could not play SS. Well, he showed the naysayers that he has value. He is hitting .280 with a .382 OB% and played a very solid, if not spectacular SS while Raffy was out, and he showed me that he could play SS. He was the SS during the Dodgers current winning streak. Of course, the stat geeks will point to his .320 slugging percentage, but this guy is a sub! He’s not Hanley Ramirez. He did his job. He showed up, stepped up, shut up and put up. Jamey Carroll can play on my team any day (as a sub, of course).
- Raffy will be back Friday – Green has to go.
- Ramon Ortiz? What is he? I have no clue!
- Tony Jackson of ESPN/LOS Angeles had a Q & A today, in which he said (among other things) that Matt Kemp may be a clubhouse problem, that he’s difficult, doesn’t listen, a coach wants to trade him, and implied that Ned “didn’t tell the half of it.” I think that there is a lot of truth in what Tony said, but it is wildly over-hyped. While he is much closer to the team than I, during the time I was in Arizona, I saw nothing that would lead me to believe there is a locker room rift. Matt is pretty full of himself. I have a 23-year-old son, who doesn’t have millions of dollars, athletic talent out the wazzoo, and a singer girlfriend and he is insufferable. I imagine that Matt is too. I have never had a problem with him when I spoke with him. He has always been polite to me, but then again, some of that is probably just MY persona. I know his dad and his dad says that he’s a knucklehead sometimes – shoot all young kids in a position like him probably are. To expect him to be otherwise, is unrealistic. Hopefully, he will mature and get past this. I don’t see it as a big deal.
- Tony also had a good article about Clayton Kershaw. Read it HERE.
- Now, ponder this: I believe the Dodgers are looking for a starter, but not just any starter. Some say that Derek Lowe might return to the Dodgers. I say the chances of that happening are “slim and none.” While I cannot know who the Dodgers have targeted, I can tell you that I have four pitchers in my sights, and while it probably won’t happen for a while, it could happen if these four teams slip out of contention, and most of them are headed that direction.
- Kansas City Royals (12-23) – Target: Zach Greinke
- Chicago White Sox (14-20) – Target: Jake Peavy
- Seattle Mariners (13-21) – Target: Cliff Lee
- Florida Marlins (16-18) – Josh Johnson
Now let me say, that I think the odds of getting Josh Johnson and Zach Greinke are slim (and none). The Dodgers should try, but they probably won’t be successful. That narrows it down to Peavy and Lee. I would take either one, but if both of their respective teams keep going south (and the odds are that at least one will), one or both may become available. Since Lee is not signed, it would seem more likely that he would be available, but you never know. What I do know, is that to get either pitcher, the Dodgers would have to give up a lot. Start with Ethan Martin and Chris Withrow, and throw in Jon Broxton and James Loney. As ironic as it sounds, would you trade Martin, Withrow, Broxton and Loney for Peavy and Konerko? Think about that one… You might have to throw in Padilla and Haeger so that they could fill a spot in the rotation.
Actually, Roy Oswalt is also a possibility…
- Furcal SS
- Kemp CF
- Manny LF
- Ethier RF
- Konerko 1B
- Blake 3B
- DeWitt 2B
- Martin C