OK, I know that this is going to be just like the Jon Broxton thing (“I have an irrational hatred of Broxton because I can see in his eyes”), but I still have to say it: The object of the Dodgers affection should be Adrian Beltre. I can see it already: “Timmons has an irrational love of Adrian Beltre.”
OK, I’ll admit that.
Now that’s out of the way, I have this to say:
- The Dodgers need a middle-of-the-order bat – Beltre fits that profile;
- The Dodgers need a 3B – Duuuuhhhhh;
- The Dodgers need a good defensive 3B – well Duuhhh;
- The Dodgers need a leader;
- The Dodgers could use some good PR and bringing Adrian Beltre back would be awesome.
- $75 Million/5 Years should do it.
- He’ll be 36 at the end of the deal.
- His best years may be ahead of him.
I’m sure most of you will disagree, but other than Werth, there is really no other Free Agent Hitter I would rather have than Adrian Beltre, and if the Dodgers were to sign Werth, they would still have a hole at 3B. I think a 3B makes more sense. Adam Dunn – He can’t play 1B as good as Tommy Lasorda, and can’t play LF as good as Manny. Plus, he strikes out too much – we have Kemp – we don’t need another K-Machine. Carl Crawford – he’s not a middle-of-the-order hitter. I doubt that he’d hit 10 HR in LA. He’s a speedy top-of-the-order guy and the Dodgers need a big bat. Adrian Beltre has a BIG BAT (and a good glove).
The Serenity Prayer applies here:
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Here’s the wisdom part that you need to accept:
- Raffy is here for 2011 and is being paid a lot of greenbacks to be the Dodgers SS – Like it or not, you have to pencil him in at the #1 spot and pray that he can play 145 games. If he does, he’ll put up excellent numbers.
- Casey Blake isn’t going anywhere. He might become a part-time player in 2011 (LF, RF, 1B, 3B, PH), but he’s not tradable, in my opinion. Let’s hope that he (a) comes to spring training in great shape; and (b) benefits from playing less. He could be part of a platoon in LF with someone like X-Paul.
- Russell Martin will reach an agreement for a contract soon with the Dodgers or he will be non-tendered. The same is true with Theriot. They say they want to be Dodgers. If they really want to be Dodgers, they will sign, but if it’s all about the money, they will go. Both say they want to stay. We will see. I think one or both will walk. If I were the Dodgers I would make them an offer and stick with it – take it or leave it! Throw in some incentives.
- James Loney probably isn’t worth much on the trade market. The Dodgers HAVE to hope that he can become that .300 hitter who hits 18-25 HR next year. We know he has the talent, but will he? All we can do is hope.
- The same with J-Brox. The Dodgers are stuck with him.
- Hiroki Kuroda is rumored to want to re-sign with the Dodgers for around $8 mil. The Dodgers should do that in a heartbeat. Then if they could get Padilla for the same deal as last year, the rotation would be set. Padilla is due to pitch more innings and when healthy, he can be a solid #3.
- You are not going to put together a perfect team. Sometimes you just have to “catch lightning in a bottle.”
- If the Dodgers could sign Beltre, Padilla and Kuroda, I would be satisfied… and so would a lot of season ticket holders. Frank knows he has to sell tickets. This is the way to do it Frank.
A lot of us don’t really like Ryan Theriot, but he’s a great defensive 2B and he did “flame-out” at the end of the season, but his career OB% is .348. If he can just put up his “average” year, he’d be a credible #2 hitter. De Jesus may be ready, but I think he’d benefit by spending a year on the bench in LA as a utility man at 3B, SS and 2B.
- Furcal SS
- Theriot 2B
- Ethier RF
- Beltre 3B
- Loney 1B
- Kemp CF
- Blake/Paul LF
- Martin/Ellis/Barajas C
If the above lineup and stay healthy and realizes their potential, they could go a long way with this rotation: Kershaw, Billingsley, Kuroda, Lilly, Padilla. The fickle bullpen has the arms to return to form.
Hope springs eternal!
The LA Times has some interesting notes regarding the Dodgers, including the info that Mattingly wanted Larry Bowa to be his bench coach and Ned said NO!