You are a nice guy. I mean, you are approachable, straightforward and honest. I really mean that.
However, the facts are that you have made a few bonehead deals.
I won’t elaborate because I really don’t want to rub your nose in the dirt, but dude, you have made some really boneheaded moves.
OK, iId be remiss if I didn’t give you credit for some good moves too. Andre Ethier comes to mind, and I am sure there are others. But I digress. Look, the Dodgers didn’t make the playoffs in 2010, and I know that you have a lot of respect for Joe Torre, but this is a “bottom-line business.” Joe should have been gone shortly after the month of August started. Come on, Man!
I think that your legacy as the GM of the Dodgers will depend upon what you do with the 3B situation. Casey Blake is not an everyday 3B anymore. Yeah, he’s a good guy (great guy, actually), but he’s best suited to be a sub. Look, you have options in LF whether anyone wants to admit it or not. I mean Jay Gibbons could hit 25 HR there. The a X-Man could be a force and so could Sands or Robinson. IDJ2 is worth a shot at 2B, and what issues there are at catcher can be remedied in any number of ways.
It all boils down to 3B.
Casey Blake is not an option and I can live with James Loney at 1B. 88-90 RBI is not great, but it ain’t chump change either.
3B is the problem.
I could list all the candidates, but there’s only one you need to remember.
That’s Adrian Beltre.
$15 Mil per Year.
That’s the deal.
If you do that, you will have job next year.
If you don’t, well maybe your old buddy, Brian Sabean will need another special assistant.