I think there comes a time when you have to assess what you have and what you could have if you are willing to roll the dice. Sure, the hitters have been slumping
lately, but that’s only temporary. This is a very good hitting team, especially when all the parts are in place. I think the time has come for the Dodgers to pull the trigger, gut the farm and go for broke THIS year. This is Manny’s last year in LA, Raffy is getting older and so is Casey Blake. The hitting is fine – Manny is heating up, Matt will get his stroke back and Andre will take up where he left off a few weeks ago. Offensively, I believe the Dodgers can play with anyone. Pitching is the issue. Starting pitching in particular. Now I happen to believe that Kershaw, Kuroda and Billingsley are among the best trios in the league. But to get past the NLCS, the Dodgers need more. They need Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt!
The Dodgers will be loathe to give up any major league players, so they will have to overpay in prospects. What would it take to get Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt? Here’s the list and I think it would take every last one:
- Ethan Martin
- Aaron Miller
- Chris Withrow
- Dee Gordon
- Kyle Russell
- Ivan DeJesus, Jr.
- James McDonald
- Scott Elbert
That would effectively “gut” the farm. I also think the Astros and Mariners would take Padilla and Ely in lieu of a couple of the prospects.
Me? I would do it. I’d go for it all. Clayton Kershaw would be your #3. Hiroki Kuroda would be the #4 and Chad Billingsley the #5 starter with Lee and Oswalt the 1,2 punch. I think the Dodgers could win with that team… and I mean WIN IT ALL!
They would pay for it down the road, but it could be sweet this year!
Before you go off on “McCourt won’t spend the money” you need to realize that Frank knows a Championship would pay off in much greater revenue. If this deal doesn’t happen, a similar one will. Watch and learn!