I seriously doubt that the Dodgers will sign another Free Agent or swing a trade at this juncture… nor do I think they should. However, I am not including Eric Chavez in this discussion, since he is already on the Dodgers’ radar. It appears that the Dodgers have interest in him, and he would prefer to play for the Dodgers. The only thing lacking is an agreement on the money… and maybe a commitment of playing time.
But, even with players like Vlad Guerrero still on the market, I prefer to see the Dodgers sit this one out. If the Dodgers were in the A.L. I’d say sign Vald as a DH, but last I checked, the N.L. didn’t have a DH, so there’s no place for a player like Vlad on the Dodgers roster. He can’t play LF any better than I can. In fact, I probably have more range. He might have a better arm, but I have a better batting eye.
I think Ned may have a plan (at least I sure hope he does), and it may be the same plan I have. I’m going to let you in on the secret, but I’ll probably I’ll have to “off” you after you read this. Deal? Here’s the plan: Start the season with what the Dodgers currently have and see what happens. There it is – now you are a dead man!
Actually, that’s a pretty good plan. Just like Manny Ramirez became available, another player will surface who the Dodgers could use. The Dodgers have some nice pieces to trade, and if Jansen, Broxton, Kuo or Loney start out hot, a bevy of trade partners could surface. Throw in some prospects with Loney and Broxton and you could get an All-Star 1B. You just never know what will develop. Maybe it’s an All-Star LF and Sands steps in at 1B. Maybe it’s an All-Star CF and Loney stays. There are more possibilities than I have time to consider.
Things happen on other teams and players become available. Things happen on the Dodgers and players become available. Who knows what can happen? I don’t and neither do any of the real fish hacks. My advice is this: deal from strength, not weakness.
Look for a trade in the Summer.