It’s been a while. How have you been? I know you’ve seen better days, and you will see them again. This divorce sure has been difficult and while I am not here to offer marital advice, I will tell you that bitterness will get neither of you anything, except an early grave. If you are bitter, just let it go. See, I know how much you wanted to own the Dodgers. I understand that Jamie really played no part in assembling and operating the franchise. I have been telling people for quite some time about how the Dodgers are a First-Class Organization and then Topps comes out and honors the team for that. I find it ironic that the award was bestowed upon the Dodgers in “the worst of times.” I think the award speaks volumes about the organization that is in place, the people who are in place and the infrastructure to support it all, including the finest facility in the minor leagues and spring training, namely Camelback Ranch. When no one expected it, the Dodgers selected and signed Zach Lee. They said Lee was TOP 5 Talent and that the Dodgers wouldn’t take him. When you took him, they said he wouldn’t quit football, that you wouldn’t pay $3.8 million over the slot directed by the Commish. They said it was a grandstand move and that you wouldn’t sign him. They said, blah, blah, blah. You showed them, Frank!
Then they said you wouldn’t pay much for free agents, so you went out and had Ned sign Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla, who were all Top 5 Free Agent Pitchers. You showed them again, Frank! Then, you signed Rod Barajas for $3.25 million and Juan Uribe for $21 million. Well, now since they couldn’t say you wouldn’t sign players anymore, they resorted to saying you over-paid. By now, you know that you just can’t please most people. They will always spin it their way.
I even get the Gwynn, Jr. signing. I just hope you aren’t thinking he’ll be a starter, are you? I know Ned says that you need a reliever or two. I’m not so sure. I think we now have the talent in-house to cover the bullpen job and return the pen to the TOP of the NL.
I am fine with Barajas and Ellis and Navarro fighting it out for 2 spots. I am down with everything that you have done, but to show your commitment to LA Dodger Baseball, there are two more moves you need to make. Here they are:
- Trade Jon Broxton for Jacoby Ellsbury; and
- Sign Adrian Beltre
Shoot, I could even do without Ellsbury, but moving Broxton’s salary is an important aspect to reducing salary to take on Adrian Beltre’s contract.
Frank, Adrian is the final piece. He will stabilize 3B for the next five years, give the Dodgers good defense, provide a power bat at a position traditionally requiring that and give the youngsters another good role model to emulate.
I like what you have done so far this off-season, but don’t act like you are done. We need that big bat and it has to be at 3B or the outfield. With Crawford and Werth gone, Adrian Beltre is the logical choice and here’s the rub – you can’t let Arte outdo you and get another Dodger Fan Favorite… can you? By the way, I think you were smart to stay out of the Werth and Crawford bidding – I think both of their teams will be sorry they did those deals soon enough.
I have supported you through thick and thin, and have extolled the virtues of the Dodgers Organization which was recently validated by Topps, but this is the game-changer, the final piece. You have to do this, Frank. You have no other option. Make those moves and the Dodgers will be one of the “elite teams” in the N.L. The Dodgers will be fine with a platoon in LF and behind the plate, if they add another power bat. If they add Adrian Beltre.
Where does the money come from? You know better than I, but if it’s that tight, maybe Dodger Stadium should become Coca-Cola Dodger Stadium or something of that ilk. That will get you the cash to afford Adrian.
You need to do this, Frank. If you don’t, you could lose your biggest supporter!