Posted on 17 October 2010.
On this blog, Jon Weisman asked yesterday if people were really saying that the Dodgers would not sign any free agents. Jon, here’s the best example of a tirade against McCourt:
McGoo actually made one major draft signing this year–probably as a requirement from Selig’s office to try and stimulate fan interest. Our farm system is in the toilet and has been going deeper down the lue since we gave away Santana for a little pocket change for McGoo’s weekend international junkets aboard his private jet. He refuses to offer arbitration to players who are obviously going to turn it down just so he won’t have to play for multiple first round picks. Too expensive. So our farm system’s cupboard is bare and we have holes all over the lineup.
Watch and see. If McGoo had any hope of rebuilding the farm anytime soon, he’ll offer arbitration to Lilly and Kuroda and any other player who’ll bring high draft picks if they turn him down and leave. No player in his right mind would now accept a contract that basically pays him 10% now and the rest is spread over the next 30 years ala Manny and Jonsey. Only a fool agrees to work full time for an insolvent owner who wants to leverage most of your salary into the future when he has no real assets with which to secure the “dollar down and chase me around” scenario. Is Selig going to guarantee all the leveraged contracts? If not, McGoo will have no choice but to put together a team on the cheap, and as we all know–”If it’s on the cheap, we won’t compete!”
McGoo’s idea of rebuilding the club is to bring in some geezers, neverweres and wannabes who’ll play for the league minimum. He’ll count on the lemmings continuing to pay to see .400 baseball just like last year. If he draws 3.5 million fans again, he can maintain his decadent, criminal life style and make the lawyers play his familiar: “Dollar down and chase me around” for the rest of their ill gotten loot.
No player in their right mind will stay here any longer than they are required to do so under the collective bargaining system. Expect an exodus, not only of martin and Loney, but also Ethier, Kemp, Broxton, Billingsley, Kurshaw and everybody else once they are eligible for free agency. And Dumbo McGoo will be too cheap to offer them arbitration anyway.
Now, a few days earlier, I wrote the following:
On October 29th, the Dodger season ticket holders have to pay at least 1/5th of the cost of their season ticket.
That’s less than 2 week away.
How do you do that?
There are a few ways:
- Make a trade for an impact player (kinda’ hard to do now);
- Sign some of your free agents; or
- Lock up your best young players with long-term deals.
Frank almost has to do at least one or two of the above.
Myself, I wouldn’t not have targeted Lilly unless he gave the Dodgers a discount, but maybe he did. When Lilly was traded in 1996 by the Dodgers, he said he was devastated at the time by the trade, so maybe he wanted to come back to his roots and that was why he signed so quickly. Just like Randy Wolf, it’s hard to predict what is out there for this years free agents.
So, am I elated? No, but I am hopeful. Lilly is what I said he is: A number 3 or 4 starter. The Dodgers now have 3/5th’s of a starting rotation. I would look for Kershaw and Bills to be tied up next. I think it is also likely that Kuroda will be offered arbitration, even though that may cost the Dodgers $13 mil, and it’s also likely that Padilla will be re-signed.
That wold leave the rotation as:
#1 – Kershaw
#2 – Billingsley
#3 – Kuroda
#4 – Lilly
#5 – Padilla
Padilla ain’t a bad #5!
I rather have Greinke than Kuroda, however! If Ned could swing Greinke for Loney, Broxton and two top prospects, I am all in (NO, the Royals would not get Brox or J-Lo – it would have to be 3 or 4-way deal).
Russ Martin will be non-tendered unless he also wants to offer a “discount.” He has been my favorite Dodger for a long time, but I think he needs to move on.
- Steve Dilbeck of The LA Times discusses Ronnie Belisario HERE
- Here’s what Jon Weisman said about signing Lilly a month ago, and I don’t disagree.