The old bull and the young bull were standing at the top of the hill overlooking a paddock of many gorgeous young heifers. The young bull said, “Let’s charge down the hill, knock over that fence and service one of those heifers each”. The old bull wisely replied, “Why don’t we saunter down the hill, open the gate, take a sip at the water trough and then service ALL of those heifers?”
Ned Colletti is the “old bull.” Hopefully, he’s learned from his mistakes and realizes that this is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. The Dodgers need a LF or 3B who can bring some power to the team, but “dope-fiend moves” are unwarranted. Ned is letting the game come to him.
Many people said that the Dodgers should have went after Carl Crawford. I totally disagree. Does it make sense to give a guy who has an OB% 10 points lower than Juan Pierre a $147 mil contract? Please….. I predict that the Red Sox will rue the day they did that. Can you say JD Drew?
Ned has his eyes on the Beltre situation and if warranted (at the right price) he can swoop in and take him at a bargin, but if Moreno wants to overpay, then that’s OK. Let it play out!
Realize one thing: the LF or 3B situation may not play out until February or maybe even July. Maybe the solution is “in-house.” Sit tight Ned, there will be some opportunites soon enough. Some prospects the Dodgers have will be hot, and teams will want them. Broxton may be hot and in demand or maybe it will be Jansen or Kuo. Sit tight and then saunter over and get your man.
The team with the biggest budget doesn’t win it all. The smartest team wins it all. LAST YEAR, it was the Giants.
Realistically, if the Dodgers are going to be better next year, it will take a re-surgence of Kemp, Ethier and Loney. If that happens the Dodgers will be in much better shape. If it doesn’t, the it really doesn’t make much difference who’s in LF or 3B. As much as the Uribe acquisition has been criticized, he fills a void and provides insurance, in that he can do a credible job at 3B, SS or 2B. If this is the team that goes to Spring Training, then the best we can hope for is that Ivan DeJesus, Jr. steps up and siezes the 2B job with a hot spring. He has a potential .300 bat (with little power) and is a plus defender at 2B. This would allow Uribe to play 3B and potentially set up a platoon in LF with Blake and whoever (Paul or Gibbons), or Gwynn Jr. could give the Dodgers Gold Glove defense in CF. If DeJesus could cut it at 2B, I would not be afraid of this lineup at the start of the season and then see what becomes available:
- Furcal SS
- DeJesus 2B
- Ethier LF
- Kemp RF
- Loney 1B
- Uribe 3B
- Barajas/Navarro C
- Gwynn CF
DeJesus would have to be able to put up a .350 OB% to be #2 and the 3, 4, 5 and 6 hitters would have to produce. Let’s just say that the 2011 Dodgers are a “work in progress” and that progress will be determined by how well the Three Amigos do: Kemp, Ethier and Loney. Therein lies the Dodgers best shot at a title.