- Any Dodger discussion HAS to include the fact that Bud Selig allegedly denied Frank McCourt the opportunity to get a loan against future TV revenues. Many people are jumping to the conclusion that this means Frank will have to sell the team, after all, he did the same thing to Tom Hicks and his team went into bankruptcy. Well, they are two different issues. Tom Hicks had an entire sports corporation that defaulted on $525 million in notes (and the assets were worth much less). John Moores WAS allowed to accept a loan from Cox Broadcasting when he owned the Padres, so there is a precedent for it. I’m not saying that this couldn’t be a power play to force McCourt out, but Bud also has big problems with the Wilpons and the NY Mets, who are nearly $700 million in debt and facing a possible lawsuit of $1 billion dollars from the Bernie Madoff fiasco. Here’s the interesting part – the Texas Rangers now have a 20-year cable deal worth $80 mil a year. I believe the Dodgers could easily command double or triple that. There’s a lot to play out yet, and there’s lots of ways that Frank could structure a deal so that Bud would have no say-so. It has always been my intention to keep you abreast with the ownership issues (and there are issues), but not give you false hope. What happens next is anyone’s guess. Keep in mind there are two issues – (1) Getting rid of McCourt; and (2) getting a better owner. Just because #1 happens, doesn’t mean #2 is a given. You just never know, which is why I am reluctant to call for McCourt’s head. At any rate, he still owns the Dodgers as of TODAY!
- I heard that Xavier Paul is leaner and stronger this year and now read the reason why: Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times reports that he has reduced his body fat by working out with Olympic sprinters Lolo Jones and Richard Thompson over the winter. In that same article Hernandez talks about the dual-headed monster in LF (Gibbons and Thames). I have always felt that Paul had a major league bat and he is an excellent base-runner. If his winter workouts have resulted in increased speed, maybe he’ll win that LF spot and be the Dodgers’ #2 hitter. It’s a possibility… Also, watch out for Gabe Kapler!
- Next likely candidate for his arm to breakdown: Jon Garland.
- Candidate mostly likely to become the 5th starter if that happens: Rubby De La Rosa. I said it, I meant it and I’m here to represent it.
- Padilla could be back in a month? I wouldn’t count on that.
- Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles writes today about Andre Ethier and Ivan DeJesus, Jr.
- Dodgers and Giants at Scottsdale, AZ today at 1:05 PM PST – Tune in to KABC for the call. It’s a split-squad as the rest of the squad will be playing the Angels.
- Pitching will be Redding, Monasterios, Cormier at Scottsdale and Kuroda and De La Rosa at Tempe.
- Finally, this from Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
General manager Ned Colletti, a stickler for the “presentation” of a team on the field, is pleased with the early work in this camp.
“I think they picked up Donnie’s attitude and his expectations,” Colletti said. “I see it in the crispness of the drills, the conversations they’re having and the extra work they’re doing.”