Posted on 20 October 2010.
- No, it’s not shocking to me that Ned Colletti says the Dodger Payroll will increase this year. I have been telling you that for quite some time. What is shocking is that Badger, Roger and Lawdog were recently spotted in a swimming pool, plotting my demise. Shocking, isn’t it? The undercover photo is attached. You guys will have to dream up some new material.
Plotting My Demise
- The LA Media is loathe to write anything that paints McCourt in a good light, but a couple of things that Steve Dilbeck of The LA Times wrote say a lot: ”Lilly, who was born in Torrance and still lives in California, said he was aware of the ownership issue hovering around the franchise but felt good about the team’s direction” and “Colletti confirmed owner Frank McCourt had given him a payroll budget for the 2011 season. Because Colletti said he didn’t have a number after the season ended, this is progress. ’We know where we’re going,’ Colletti said. ’It’s up from a year ago, but that’s all I want to tell you.’’’ Spin That Negative Nellies. In conclusion Lilly said: “I believe this organization can do something special and important, and I want to be a part of that.’’
- The Rangers are really demonstrating that maybe some “hungry” players can beat the” best team money can buy.” That’s why I say that long-term deals for many players frequently don’t pan out. A team with a $64 million payroll is beating a team with a $213 million payroll. It’s the old story that it’s not what you pay, but what you get that’s important.
- The Yankees will have Pettitte (I think he’ll retire) and Vasquez come off their books this year, who make a combined $23 mil. I wouldn’t be surprised if they will offer Cliff Lee $150 mil/6 years. I can’t see anyone beating that. I sure wouldn’t pay that even though he is a great pitcher.
- If I were the Dodgers, I would try and sign Takashi Saito. He can serve dual roles in the pen and he could probably be had for less than the Dodgers paid George Cheryl this year.
- The $33 mil/3 year deal is a pretty good deal for an accomplished starter. It also allows him to be traded in the third year. I’m on board with it.