- He really is hurt, although he says he’s not. For that, he has to go. If he’s so stupid as to pitch hurt and cost his team wins, he is a true Knucklehead; or
- He’s not hurt physically. Let me spell it out: He’s M-E-N-T-A-L-L-Y injured. For that he has to go.
So, if he’s hurt, he has to go and if he’s not, he has to go. The common denominator – he has to go! Maybe he can get it together somewhere else. He’s a good dude. I have no issues with him personally, but baseball is a bottom-line business, and the bottom -line is the Dodgers cannot afford to keep him based upon “hope.” My only fear is that no-one will take him for 7 mil. I will say this: If the Dodgers have to give him away, they will be better for it. Imagine what they could have gotten for Sherrill and Broxton in the offseason. Maybe J-Brox can end up in his home state. That just might be the ticket.
I would love to see the same thing applied to Blake and Furcal, but I can’t see anyone taking either player. All we can hope for is a turn-around by them (which I doubt).
THINK ABOUT THIS - This is a very long-shot. There are rumors that the Cards won’t be able to sign Albert Pujols. I am generally not in favor of long-term deals, but Albert may be an exception. If he goes on the trading block, would the Cards consider James Loney, Jon Broxton (Dave Duncan might turn him into Mariano Rivera) and Russ Martin, plus a couple of TOP PROSPECTS for Albert? If (BIG IF) he were to go on the market, I would be in favor of an 8 year/$200 million deal for him. Pujols at #3, Ethier at #4 and Kemp at #5 would be a nice middle.
BY THE WAY – I expect Kemp to get his head on straight over the winter and Andre to get healthy (he had a lot more problems than just his pinkie). Look for big years for both of them. I would just like to see a BIG BAT added at 1B or 3B or OF. Let role players fill the other spots.
THIS & THAT
- Interesting article about what Selig may have up his sleeve: http://network.yardbarker.com/mlb/article_external/time_has_come_for_playoff_expansion_says_selig/3295590
- If you think Don Mattingly is upset his son was traded, you are wrong. He asked for it. Preston needed a fresh start and both he and Donnie knew it. Preston had no future with the Dodgers and had went from being a SS to a 2B to the outfield. He has shown little power, so his opportunities as an OF are limited. Don Mattingly said. “He had kind of fallen off in playing time and to do this for him at this time was a gift for him.”
- Jamie wants $400,000,000 plus a piece of the team. Frank is offering $100,000,000 and a kick in the rear. I think she is delusional. She’ll keep playing her cards until the last minute and then cave in. I think it will be a deal in the vicinity of $130,000,000.
- Jared has a very good report on the Dodgers A Prospects today. With all the struggles by so many young pitchers one has to ask: Do the Dodgers have the right person in charge of their farm system (De Jon Watson) and do they have the right pitching instructors? Something is very, very wrong! I am not passing judgement – just questioning what is obviously a constant thread which runs through the Dodgers farm system. It’s more than co-incidence.