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This Team Is Not Complete

This Team Is Not Complete

Sit tight and let the game come you you.

Ned, sit tight and let the game come to you!

Don  Mattingly is talking about batting Casey Blake second… and in fact IS batting Casey Blake second.  He says something about Blake’s ability to handle the bat and his ability to hit the other way and his ability to bunt.  I know Mattingly has seen Blake play plenty of times, but the way he talks, it seems he’s never seen Casey at the bat.  Casey Blake is no more a number two hitter than I am a rocket scientist!  Donnie Ballgame  just has no other viable options.

Sit tight and let the game come you you.

Marcus Thames and Jay Gibbons a platoon in LF?  On this planet?  I mean… it could happen, but it ain’t likely.  A whole less likely than what happened to Aubrey Huff LAST season.  Tony Gwynn, Jr. stepping up and winning the CF job?  Yeah, it could happen, but the odds are 100-1.   Neither possibility is likely.

Sit tight and let the game come you you.

That just might be Ned’s motto right about now.  Some things will play out on the Dodgers in the next three to four weeks and others will play out with other teams.  That means that players may be available that we never anticipated.  What happens with Gwynn, Thames, Gibbons, Blake and others  will also parallel what is happening to Mike Young and others. I think there is a good chance that Casey Blake will be a Ranger (closer to home for him) and that Mike Young will be the Dodgers #2 hitter, but …

Sit tight and let the game come you you.

Dodger Notes:

  • Jeffy Sands is on the Radar, after his first HR of the spring.  If I’m not mistaken, the Dodgers have only two home runs in 5 games.  Is that right?
  • Garrett Anderson retired?  That was at least two years ago, wasn’t it?
  • C-Bill looked in mid-season form.
  • According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com Chad Billingsley says he now has a change-up that he can use as one of his main pitches.  If that is true, this guy could win the Cy Young!  I man, he never had a decent change.  WOW!
  • The Dodgers will hold their annual open tryout on Thursday at Camelback Ranch. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the tryout will take place at 9 a.m.  I can’t be there… for the 57th consecutive year.  That’s the only think that kept me from making the Show.  Well, that and no talent, but it was mostly that I just could be there.  ;)

“I told him he will play as much as he hits.”

No matter what Donnie says, if Tony can hit, he should play CF.  I see that Don doesn’t want to move Kemp and Ethier UNLESS Gwynn can win a position.  But if he does, he has to be the Dodgers’ CF.

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9 Responses to “This Team Is Not Complete”

  1. Bill Russell says:

    Well I’m not rushing to judgement yet, Let’s wait and see what happens further down the road. Blake does not seem to be a #2 hitter to me but Loney does not seem to be a typical power hitting 1st baseman either. Unless Gwynn wins the outfield job, the LF defense won’t be up to par either, especially for a pitching and defensive team. (I think that’s what Ned and Donnie are going for.) It sounds like Donnie has already got the super glue bottle out and making square pegs fit into round holes. What a way to begin your major league managing career.

    A Young for Blake trade would be just what the doctor ordered, however to make that happen, the Dodgers would have to pick up Young’s salary. Knowing what we know, we’ll need some money in order to accomplish this task. I’ll start the hat passing around now, Here’s my $2. Anyone else care to help?

  2. RogerCraig says:

    Texas knows they will have to eat some salary to move Young and trust me, Young wants to move.

    • Bill Russell says:

      Trust me, I know Texas know’s they will need to eat some salary. However the more they eat, the better player (s) they are going to want. If we are simply talking Blake for Young, there’s not going to be much eating at this table.

  3. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    If a deal could be swung that included Casey Blake for Michael Young, the Dodgers would no doubt have to pick up some of Young’s salary. Young is scheduled to make $48 million over the next three years. Blake is guaranteed only $6.25 million (maybe $6.5) between this years salary and a buyout if his option is not picked up for next year. How much Texas would be willing to kick-in would probably depend on what other players were included in the deal. Maybe Texas could use another DH type bat (Thames/Gibbons??????).

    If the Dodgers did acquire Young, would he play at 3B, or would it be 2B with Uribe moving to 3B?

    And I agree, the team is not complete, and anything could happen between now and opening day, and even after that.

  4. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Oops!!! I meant the Rangers would have to pick up some of Young’s salary.

  5. Dusto says:

    I agree, even if Gwynn returns to form (.270/350/400) then he should be starting in center and batting second. Going forward (2012) he is the perfect 4th outfielder. I dont think Young is any better than Blake at this point. Blake might actually have the edge defensively, though Young would be more flexible. I’d still rather have Blake.

    I think the best way we can really improve this team is at first base. If we could just swap out Loney for … say … Prince Fielder. I’d be ok with that. Ned will likely overpay in that situation though, just like he has in every other situation for the last 7 years.

  6. Jae says:

    Ned has more money than brains.

  7. Bill Russell says:

    Currently Ned’s brains and money are about even.

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