I have taken a lot of flack about my weak stomach for Jon Broxton.
I really don’t dislike the guy.
If you need a win in a really – I mean a really, really big game, he will blow it.
Count on it! Book it!
I have been telling you that for 3 years.
You still probably don’t believe me.
Jon Broxton will break your heart.
Sell high, Ned.
There are teams who will give you a Kings’s Ransom for him (teams that fall in love with his stats, like all the stat geeks).
While we are at it…
Except for the Yankees, lots of teams have lots of issues right about now. Some teams will be able to solve their problems and some teams won’t. The Dodgers are in a position to add payroll because they didn’t offer arbitration to either Wolf (7-8/4.56 ERA ) or Hudson (.300/4 HR/25 RBI – difference maker? HA!). The question is: Will they?
They have some issues, the least of which is the slump of Matt Kemp or Russ Martin’s proclivity to pull. Of bigger proportions is that it is becoming apparent that Manny can no longer be counted to on play, getting a 5th starter and finding a LF who can hit for power. I was TOTALLY against signing Manny and now you know why. You asked for it and you got it. Now, what do you do? Manny can be traded to a team like the Rays or the Yankees, bit the Dodgers will have to eat about 50% of the remainder of his salary. Don’t hesitate Ned, just do it.
I’m not going to guess who might go where, but a trade of Manny for a prospect or two whom the Dodgers could flip for a LF and/or starter could benefit the team.
If Broxton has to be part of that deal, then call up Jansen and close by committee.
How about a deal in which Jon Broxton goes home to the Braves, Chris Withrow goes to the Astros, Ethan Martin, Ivan DeJesus and AJ Ellis are part of a deal that nets the Dodgers Roy Oswalt? Then Manny goes to TB for a prospect.
Here’s the biggest difference this year:
|Pitchers||2009 ERA||2010 ERA|
|Long Relief||Mota 3.44||Miller 4.44|