I have been thinking about this for a while and I have come to the conclusion that the best way for the Dodgers to build a winning team is to fill
some key spots with Free Agents and Trades and then rely on the farm for a position or two. You can’t have a perfect team and so you try and build it the best you can without filling every hole. At some point, you have to rely on internal progress by your farm players.
Here’s your 2011 Dodgers Lineup:
- Furcal SS
- Robinson CF
- Kemp RF
- Ethier LF
- Beltre 3B
- Dunn 1B
- Barajas C
- DeJesus 2B
- Ely (Haeger, DeLaRosa, Monasterios, et al)
The bench is full of youngsters: Hu, Paul and Ellis with old-pros Reed Johnson and Jamey Carroll.
The pen is composed of Troncoso, Elbert, Leach, Saito, Kuo, Belisario and Jansen.
Cot’s Contracts had the Dodgers at $102,000,000 last year, so this is only $9 mil more (Ned said it would be more). The deferred money includes $3,000,000 for Casey Blake to go away, and assumes that the Dodgers can trade Loney and Broxton and prospects to get Greinke. Loney and Brox don’t end up in KC. Beltre and Dunn are signed to 5 year deal with back-loaded contracts.
Here’s the payroll breakdown: