Let me make this clear:
This is just my opinion. But…
I think the Dodgers will make a BIG splash in free agency this offseason!
Frank McCourt knows that he needs to regain the fans confidence in order to put more butts in seats and raise the brand value in TV Contract negotiations, and what better way to do so that to sign a free agent or two? I don’t mean a fringe guy, but I mean a TOP Free agent…. or three!
Jason Werth will cost too much (can you say “Scott Boreass”?) and he is very good, but he’s not all that! Outside of Philly, Jason Werth will be better than average but not what he is now.
Russ Martin will be non-tendered. It only makes sense. He is my favorite Dodger player, but he stands to get $7 mil in arbitration and he’s not worth that. He has great potential to turn around, but his production doesn’t warrant that. Also, non-tendering him sends a message to the rest of the players. (Savings $5 mil over Barajas and Ellis).
Next, the Dodgers should trade Broxton, Blake and Loney. There’s not much of a market for Broxton, but St. Louis and Atlanta are interested (Dave Duncan wants a crack at Broxton). The savings will be $21 million.
No mater how you slice it, if those 3 players are traded the Dodgers should also net a very good starter (Zach Greinke?).
Sign Lance Berkman to play 1B, Adrian Beltre to play 3B and Adam Dunn to play LF. Cost per season: $35 million, but Berkman is on a one-year deal.
The bullpen? Relief pitchers are fickle. The gang who sucked last year could lead the league next year.
I hear raves about Aroldlis Chapman, but Kenley Jansen is better. PERIOD!
Chapman pitched just 13 innings while allowing 9 hits and struck out 19. His ERA was 2.03.
Jansen pitched 27 innings, allowed just 12 hits and struck out 41while posting a 0.67 ERA! 0.67! That’s right!
Chapman can’t carry Jensen’s jock.
Jansen has not been lucky. He has been unhittable. His ERA has been one of the LOWEST EVER for a rookie. He is the Dodgers closer.
Cut the crap! He’s the man.
- Furcal SS
- Kemp CF
- Ethier RF
- Berkman 1B
- Dunn LF
- Beltre 3B
- DeJesus 2B
- Ellis/Barajas C