Posted on 26 September 2010.
I have to agree with Jared about respecting Joe Torre. I do! It’s just a case like the “Say Hey Kid” and many others who leave a year too late. Joe should have retired last year. He just didn’t have that “fire-in-the-belly.” $4 mil a year clouds your judgement as when to quit.
Ray asked me if I had any inside information on Broxton, and I do not, however it is easy to see that the Dodgers will make every effort to trade Jon Broxton this off season due to (1) his epic meltdowns and (2) his $7 million dollar contract. However, it may be difficult, as he is a “rehabilitation project”. Teams don’t like paying $7 mil for questionmarks, especially when the questionmark is not physical. The Dodgers may be stuck with him. He is owed $7 mil next year and at this point, I think they would take a mid-range prospect for him. They waited a year too late to trade him. Same thing on Sherrill. Think how different the Dodgers might have been this year without the contracts of Broxton and Sherrill. They could have afforded another big bat or top-of-the-rotation starter. I begged them to trade Brox for two years and Sherrill after last season. Some people think that I am just a “Broxton Hater” and that there is no way that I can tell he is not a guy who thrives under pressure, Think what you want – don’t judge me by what you can do – but I have been saying that Broxton chokes under pressure for three years and that the Dodgers should have traded him. So far, I was right! Everyone makes excuses “he needs another pitch,” ”He’s hurt,” ”He needs another pitching coach (I agree). Maybe he will blossom somewhere else, but results are all that count, and the Dodgers can’t afford $7 mil for him. It will be goodbye if (BIG IF), they can find a taker. His stock has plummeted faster than the Titanic!
This guy will be given every opportunity to close next year. If Broxton is gone, I would think that Kuo and Jansen will both have opportunities to close, along with Belisario, who hopefully will have his head on straight next year. Belisario is also closer material. I am not anointing Jansen closer, because he has only pitched 23 innings, but it has been spread out over 22 games and he has been nearly unhittable with a .76 ERA and the league is hitting only .125 against him. It may be a small sampling, but he’s no “flash in the pan.”
Octavio Dotel for James McDonald may be the worst deal Colletti made. I believe that James McDonald is also closer material. Someone should have told him that a long time ago. Yes, I know he has had 2 or 3 good starts with the Pirates, but he still doesn’t pitch deep into games and I don’t think he ever will. He should have been part of the Dodgers bullpen this year instead of trying to start at AAA. He throws 97 out of the pen and is built for that role. Bad deal. The Carlos Santana deal may ultimately turn out the worst deal if he is what everyone thinks he is (I am not yet convinced he is), but I am convinced that J-Mac will be an excellent reliever. Octavio Dotel? Please. Like other GM’s, Ned has done good things and bad things. I liked Blake DeWitt, but the Lilly deal made sense at the time, and Theriot is an excellent 2B. Does the good Ned has done outweigh the bad? You decide.
This is another case of a guy who I have always said was a reliever, but was attempted to be molded into a starter. It didn’t work, and I have to say that if I can see this why can’t the Dodgers braintrust see the same? Josh Lindblom was switched back to a reliever and had mixed results over the season at that wasteland in New Mexico that kills pitchers. He will pitch this winter as a reliever for a while, and I still am very high on him. I think you will see him in the Dodgers pen next season.
See Josh Lindblom. Detect a trend? Scott Elbert should be LH specialist in the pen. He’ll throw harder and he’s built for that role. He had some “personal issues” this year which caused him to miss quite some time. That could ultimately be a plus as he has less wear and tear on his surgically-repaired left arm. I also look for Scott Elbert in the pen for the Dodgers next season.
He wants to pitch another year and likes playing for the Dodgers. If he is willing to sign another deal like last year, then I would keep him. He got $800,000 last year. He’s a piece of the puzzle.
Hiroki Kuroda and Ted Lilly
A one-year deal for either one might make sense, but again, it is a risky move. I would hate to pay more than $8 mil for either one. I think they can get more elsewhere. Arbitration? Depends upon what else Ned has up his sleeve…
This was an opportunity for him and he has not seized it. He could still be a factor… as a bench-player.
This is a guy who is greatly under performing his mediocre career results. He’s also the kind of guy who might just walk away from his last year. It could happen!
It should prove to be an interesting off-season.