I really though the Dodgers would become sellers after the Dodgers dropped 7 games back, but what do I know? The Sellers became Buyers and they got quite a lot. In the past couple of days they have added Octavio Dotel, Ryan Theriot, Ted Lilly and Scott Podsednik, all vets, to their roster. Let’s take a quick look at the newcomers:
- Octavio Dotel – He is an experienced right-hander for the pen and has 104 career saves. While not “all that” he can be another solid set-up man for the Dodgers pen. I like his addition, and I might add, that while none of the moves are huge in and of themselves, collectively they can help the Dodgers quite a lot.
- Ryan Theriot - I have always like Ryan Theriot. I like his grit and style of play. I also like the fact that he is a good shortstop – someone who can step in if Rafael Furcal is traded or goes down with an injury. He will be the Dodgers regular 2B with Jamey Carrol becoming a super-sub and pinch-hitter, which is what he should be. Matthew Whipps of The Diamond Cutter has this to say about Ryan Theriot:
Scouting Report: Theriot is just the kind of pesky hitter you want at the top of your lineup. In fact, he’s a perfect number two hitter as he not only makes pitchers work, he can also play small ball and move runners over. Theriot does a fantastic job working counts, making pitchers work to get him out and constantly draws walks (on-base machine). He is a shining example of a contact hitter and stays inside the ball very well which allows him to drive the ball to right and right center field. He has virtually no power at all but that isn’t his game so it isn’t a big deal. Very speedy on the base paths and a good base stealer. This really helps out the 3-4-5 hitters after him as the pitcher tends to become distracted with him. Then if they focus on the hitter, he’ll steal a base.
Theriot is a steady glove with steady hands at shortstop with a very smooth transition to the ball. Goes up the middle to track down balls in play much better than in the hole on the left side. Has the tendency to not charge in on balls which sometimes comes back to bite him on bad hops. He doesn’t have the best arm in the world but he is accurate on his throws. Not a flashy player at all, just an overall good guy to have on your team.
- Ted Lilly – This guy is a solid #3 or #4 Starter, but he only has to be a #5 for the Dodgers. It has been mentioned that he has given up a lot of home-runs (19) this year, but most (14) have been at Wrigley Field, which skews the stat. He has posted double digits in wins the past 7 years, with 17 being his high. He sported a 3.10 ERA last year. With the awful season being produced by the Cubs, I think it’s safe to say that Lilly and Theriot could have a re-surgance by coming to the Dodgers.
- Scott Podesdnik – At first blush, I wasn’t excited to get him, but he’s speedy, as great base-runner, and has a career OB% of .341 (not bad, not great). He is capable of better and has posted better numbers on a given year (.379 was his best year). I also know he has a hot wife (Lisa Dergan). I think the Dodgers got him in case Manny can’t come back, or if they trade Manny. He is a very good LF on defense but has a Juan Pierre-sque arm.
Here’s what I think: It’s likely that Manny will be traded after he comes off the DL – he will clear waivers and someone like the White Sox will pony up a good prospect for him. Has it ever occurred to anyone that the Dodgers might move their best hitter (Rafael Furcal) to the #3 spot? What about this lineup:
- Podsednik – LF
- Theriot – 2B
- Furcal – SS
- Ethier - RF
- Kemp – CF
- Loney – 1B
- Martin – C
- Blake – 3B
Finally, the Dodgers gave up some decent prospects to get these players, but that’s the price you have to pay. I hated to see Blake DeWitt go, but when you hit with no power, you better be able to steal 30 bases and DeWitt wasn’t that guy. Chicago will be a good place for him – he’ll hit with more power and he’s closer to home. Good Luck Blake!
And As I write this, I tend to lose all hope, because we still have Jon Broxton, who is the biggest choke artist in the NL! Ned, you blew your chance to trade him.