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Could It Happen?

Frank McCourt has said that Bug Selig nixed his contract with FOX, which was immensely front-loaded.

"Hey, I am so screwed!"

Not true!

What if … Bug approved the deal, but still kept the trustee in place and would not allow Frank to pay off Jamie with the proceeds?

In other words: the Dodgers would become flush with cash that Frank could not spend.

Do you see where I am going with this?

Consider this:

  • Suddenly the Dodgers become very rich with cash.
  • Bud has to figure out how to bail out his buddy Fred Wilpon of the Mets.
  • Bud also wants to restore the Dodger fans confidence.
  • Bud approves a deal that sends Chris Withrow, Ethan Martin, Kyle Russell, Ivan DeJesus, Dee Gordon and $30 million in cash to the NY Mets for David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.

Frank can do nothing.

By July 1st the Dodgers lineup is:

  1. Reyes  SS
  2. Furcal  2B
  3. Ethier  RF
  4. Kemp  CF
  5. Wright 3B
  6. Beltran  LF
  7. Sands/Loney 1B
  8. Barajas/Navarro  C

Why not?

The Dodgers win it all while Frank McCourt fumes!

Ha!  It could happen…

About Mark Timmons

When you see the invisible, you can do the impossible!

22 Responses to “Could It Happen?”

  1. AnewBlueDay says:

    July 3rd, Furcal goes on the DL.

    July 8th, Reyes goes on the DL.

    July 22, Barajas & Navarro eating out at a restaurant, over-eat, and both go on the DL.

    July 28, Mark Timmons eats 14 hot dogs, his son has to call 911, and Mark goes on the D.L.

  2. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    No TV deal is likely to be approved while Frank McCourt is the owner. If there is new ownership, then the new ownership makes whatever deal it sees fit. A deep pocketed new owner might very well want to establish their own regional network. If they choose to do it with a partner, it will be the partner of THEIR choosing, not Frank’s.

    Trading for Reyes only makes sense if he can be locked up to a long term deal. He’s a free agent after this season. Beltran is also a free agent after this season, and isn’t the player he used to be. Wright’s contract runs through 2013 (team option in 2013). If the Dodgers get new deep pocketed ownership, they will have the opportunity to bid for these players (and others) in free agency. And you keep including Gordon in deals. If Furcal (who is likely gone after this year) can play 2B, what makes you think that Gordon can’t. In fact, if Gordon’s major defensive problem is throws, moving to 2B might actually make sense. Think about the range an infield of Reyes and Gordon would have.

    But right now I’m past hypothetical deals. For me the main thrust is to get a new owner, and then proceed from there. Forget deals. It all starts with new ownership.

  3. Michael says:

    Cool, Mark. I was “outside the box last night” and I do see Bud thinking on these same terms of relieving the Wilpons of salary and saving the Dodgers at the same time. Man the Dodgers could use some of those guys.
    Like Brooklyn said though, Fox didn’t give Frank no sweetheart deal and Bud feels whoever owns the Blue after Frank walks the plank should be the person that consumates the Dodger Network.

    How about Frank and Bud just get in the ring, no holes er holds barred[PUN}. I would buy that Pay for View.

  4. Willie Mays says:

    You want him out, but it is not that easy!

    Some of you are delusional.

    Be real

  5. Mark_Timmons says:

    Here’s the conundrum:

    If Bud denies the deal, Frank has definite grounds to sue. Any attorney worth his salt would take that case. Frank has a deal that insures he won’t go bankrupt and Bud denies it? I think he has standing to sue and might very will win.

    If Bud approves it, Frank stays owner until Jamie forces him to sell.

    Bud can’t just NOT rule.


    Think, people! Think!

    No matter what Frank has done, if he can prove that Bud denied him the right to a deal that could have saved him, he has standing to sue.

    Obviously, some of you have no understanding how the legal system works.

    Hate McCourt all you want. Pine for a new owner. But if Bud doesn’t do it right, he’s in deep doo-doo and Bud hasn’t done a lot of stuff right.

    If Bud were half smart, MLB would be so much better than the NFL…

    Bud is no rocket scientist!

  6. AnewBlueDay says:

    Say hey Willie Mays. He is the scoop. Frank and Jamie have finally realized that they are not liked nor wanted in the greater L.A. area.

    So they have a new plan:

    They are going to move to the S.F. area, and buy the Giants. Frank in-visions a floating parking lot behind the right field wall at AT&T Park. He thinks that he can get $75 for folks to park their cars there during a game. All cars will be washed and shined.

    Not shabby thinking for a guy like Frankie boy.

    He will be so old news soon. Tell me, would you buy a used car from Frank? Would you let your daughter . . .

  7. Jae says:

    “some of them are delusional?”

    Try “most of them.”

    no clue is what they have dude.

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Bud doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist, although I’m guessing he has a fair amount of gray matter. What Bud has is a lot of smart people around him, and likely first rate legal advice. And I’m sure there are any number of media savvy people advising him. Whatever MLB does, it will have been well thought through, certainly more so than McCourt thought through what he was going to say prior to making yesterdays inane remarks. If Bud rejects the media deal it will likely be on very defensible grounds. And as I’ve noted before, we don’t know what Bud knows. So rest assured, Frank may well be the one on shaky legal ground. Or have you forgotten, he LOST the opening round to Jamie.

    And one other thing. Frank McCourt is no rocket scientist himself!!!

  9. Badger says:

    “Think, people! Think!”

    We have. And we have posted here exactly what we think.

    And I think I agree with what Brooklyn just said. Bud, the other MLB owners and all their teams of lawyers, as well as the fans of Los Angeles are all on the same page with this. It’s time for McCourt to disappear from the owners box. No deal with Fox will be allowed any time soon. Bud put his official stamp of disapproval on that. It’s not in the best interest of baseball.

    And your assertion that none of us know how the legal system works is probably mostly accurate. I admit that I don’t understand U.S. law, primarily because it is not based in justice, rather as Frank Zappa once said – “the United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.” Nobody knows how this will play out legally, but we all know how it already has played in the court of public opinion – Frank McCourt must go. Bud knows that, MLB knows that, every writer on the subject north, east, west and south of LADodgerTalk knows that. We can only hope that it plays out in the best interest of everyone – everyone but Frank McCourt.

  10. Bobby says:

    who cares about santana or mcdonald.

    more importantly, did anyone see that report that now peter o’malley has some big time investors to buy the dodgers, and he would run the organization?

    NOW THIS IS NEWS!!! not some crap about andrew lambo or other guys we’ve traded.

  11. Willie Mays says:

    Yes! Bring back O’Malley – he took you guys down the tubes more than Frankie.

  12. Mark_Timmons says:

    J-Brox admits his problems are mental:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0429-jonathan

    Just like I have been trying to tell you all along.

  13. Badger says:

    Hmm… I didn’t read that mover. This is what I read:

    “Broxton was available only in an emergency situation on Wednesday because of mild elbow soreness, but he says his health is fine. As for why the velocity of his fastball fluctuates —93-94 mph on some days, 96-97 mph on others — he says he has no idea. It’s not like a huge difference.”

    and there was this:

    “Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt also talked to Broxton about using his split-finger fastball more.”

    Two things came to mind – yeah, the difference between 94 and 96 doesn’t seem like that big. But the difference between 94 and 99, which is what he was hitting before the break last year, is huge. And the second thing is – Broxton has a splitter?

    Good point Bobby. Who cares about history. That whole idea that hose who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it was no doubt made up by some dopey history teacher.

    I am trying to line up some tickets to the July 17th game here in Phoenix. So far, stubhub isn’t very helpful. I’m back on the Dodger bus! I see the future Bobby, and in it, McCourt is walkin’ a beach somewhere, in goofy lookin’ Bermuda shorts, wearing a Red Sox hat, carrying a metal dectector and wearing K-Mart sunglasses and dark socks. It’s a beautiful vision.

    • Mark_Timmons says:

      Badger,

      Broxton says he is physically OK, so read what Dylan Hernandez writes with that in mind:

      \”Still, he acknowledges that he hasn\’t completely recovered from a brutal second half of last season, during which he was replaced by Hong-Chih Kuo as the Dodgers\’ ninth-inning man.

      Where Broxton says he needs to be is in \”attack mode,\” which means, \”you go out there and there it is.\” Instead, he finds himself thinking a little too much. And when he thinks, he tends to nibble. And when he nibbles, he falls behind in counts.\”

      If he\’s physically fine and \”hasn\’t recovered\” what else is there except \”mental?\”

  14. DRomo says:

    MArk,

    Bud has acted “in the best interest of baseball” No one has ever overcome this clause in court. Frank can try if he’d like but it would only prolong the inevitable.

    Also, the Dodgers are a franchise in the business of baseball. A franchise! If McDonalds wants to close a franchise in your town because of poor performance why can’t they. It is in the best interest of larger business. Maybe that is too simplistic, but it is how a lawyer explained it to me the other day.

    One more thing is Frank signed an agreement (like all owners do) not to sue MLB and agreeing to the power of the comissioner to act in the best interest of baseball. So Frank would have to overcome that. Which reminds me of another signed document Frank wanted to challenge in court…..how’d that work out?

    The biggest problem Frank has is by taking advances on the pending TV deal it de-values the deal. Plus the deal with Fox is heavily front loaded and would be used to pay off Jamie. Then Frank is cash strapped again. There is a better deal for Frank if he survives this and can start his own network a la the Yankees or Red Sox. Heck even the Lakers got a deal with Time Warner that lets them avoid start up costs by having a dedicated channel on thier network. The Dodgers could do that!In two languages! Why not? It would be a gold mine. And thats exactly what the next owner will do!

    • Mark_Timmons says:

      Romo,

      While it is true that no one has ever overcome the \”will not sue clause,\” no one has ever had a $3 billion dollar deal waiting in the wings.

      Now, understand, I am not siding with Frank – just presenting the facts and in every other case that I know of, the commish had grounds to act in the best interests of baseball.

      This case is different. Idaho Al says McCourt hasn\’t paid taxes, but as far as we know it has been legal. If he is guilty of tax evasion, that\’s another story. At this juncture, we have to assume that it\’s legal.

      If the Dodgers have too much debt, they have a contract thatwill solve the problem.

      The Dodgers payroll is in the Top 25% or so of baseball teams. They have new minor league complex. They have a full staff. They aren\’t behind in payments, so if Bud nixes the deal, I believe Frank has grounds to sue.

      Now, I also understand that Bud believes Jamie has to ratify the contract, which is curious because Bud never recognized her as an owner in the first place.

      In the McDonalds example you used, what if the franchisee had a contract with a factory across the street or 13 years at $3 billion dollars to provide hamburgers. If they went ahead and canceled the franchise, I believe the owner would have an excellent case to sue for lost profits.

      This is not going to be easy… unless they find something illegal.

      Frank has high debt, paid himself $100+ million, had his kids on the payroll. As fans we don\’t like it, but it\’s not illegal.

      Bud has a problem if they can\’t find illegality!

  15. Idaho al says:

    I think Bud knows what he is doing and he has smart people around him to advise him.

    McCourt is in trouble. He took 103 million out for his lavish lifestyle. He paid his two sons $600,000 each for doing nothing. This is money that could of been invested in the Dodgers and maybe bought a player or two.

    McCourt has more trouble than Bud. He is in trouble with the IRS. How is he going to pay Jamie? According to the L. A. Times he has not paid state or federal taxes in the past years. This whole thing is a mess and the sooner McCourt leaves the better off we will all be.

  16. DRomo says:

    I have a question:

    If I made some powder blue tee-shirts w/ “Throwback Frank” on the front to wear to throwback/half price food game at the park would you all buy them?

    I am gonna have a couple made for me and a buddy to wear next “throwback” game!

  17. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    What Badger said about Broxton.

    Interesting that they’re talking about the splitter. Broxton has been toying with that pitch for several years. In fact, during the WBC he sought out advice from J.J. Putz on how to throw the pitch. It’s one of the reasons why I thought during the offseason it might be a good idea to consider signing Putz.

    And as much as Broxton may try to minimize it, you can rest assured that the drop in velocity and the loss in bite on his slider has shaken his confidence, as it would anyone. So yes, it has become mental, because he no longer has the same trust in his stuff. Becoming a pitcher after you’ve spent your whole career blowing away hitters isn’t easy, and doesn’t happen overnight, and maybe not at all. Besides, Mark, you date Broxton mental problems back to the days when he was hitting triple digits. You didn’t like the look in his eye in 2009 when he averaged 13.5K/9, and I believe it was 5.2 hits/9. And you believe he had that defeated look in his eye when he was blowing away hitters in the first half of 2010.

    And I’ll disagree just a little bit with Badger. Even a difference of two mph on the fastball can be significant, especially when your fastball is as straight as Broxton’s. The difference between a popup and an HR is only a fraction of an inch on the bat. But yes, in Broxton’s case the drop is more than just 2 mph. Add to that a loss in bite on his slider and the lack of a third pitch, and you have a recipe for trouble and a loss in confidence.

    I agree with Broxton that he needs to nibble less and attack hitters more. But that will only work if he varies what he’s throwing up to the plate. I’ve always thought that Broxton should pitch inside more, and that he should also make more use of the fastball up. If he continues to throw pitch after pitch from the belt and down towards the outside corner he’s going to get pounded. He needs to incorporate a third pitch, get back the bite on his slider, pitch both in and out, and change the eye level of hitters by pitching up more, and that includes up and in (because when Broxton does pitch up, he mostly does it up and away). Adding a little movement to his fastball would also help.

    I’m not sure that Broxton should be the closer now. I’m not sure that’s the best place for him to begin experimenting with a third pitch, and with the process of becoming a pitcher and not just a thrower. Some less pressurized innings to get his feet firmly on the ground might be what he needs to get started.

    One other thing. Who is responsible for Broxton not pitching up and inside more often? Is it him, Honeycutt or the catchers? Or maybe a combination of those people.

    • Ely's Coming, Better Hide Your Haeger says:

      Like I’ve said before… that’s the difference between Mark and everyone else. He thinks he’s never had the mental capacity to be the closer and especially the closer in big games, when I’ve shown video proof on another thread that proves otherwise.

      No one doubts he has confidence and mental issues right now. The difference is when they started. I say they began after the Yankee game last June. Mark thinks they began when he popped out of his mothers womb on the day of his birth

  18. Badger says:

    Good points being made in here today. Broxton’s confidence is down because he can’t throw hard anymore, causing mental stress. Makes sennse to me.

    And as long as Padilla is going well, let him close. Or just do it by committe. Broxton, Hawkesworth, Gurrier, hopefully Kuo – let them all get the 6th and 7th inning outs, and if the heart of the order is coming up in the 8th, let Padilla have at ‘em. The idea is to win, and often games are won, and lost, in the 7th and 8th. It’s about match-ups and pressure. If Broxton is more comfortable in the 8th, well, let him have it.

    mover, I get your point and there is no cogent argument against it really, other than what many have already pointed out. We are all speculating about this stuff. It’s kind of unprecedented really. Bud and his minion have to have considered all outcomes and believe they will win this thing. MLB and Dodger fans want McCourt gone, and that is HUGE! Yeah, McCourt can fight it, he can retain more lawyers and rack up more bills, but, in the end, will it really matter? Fans have spoken, the money is not flowing, McCourt has lost all of what little credibility he had. He has to go.

  19. Bobby says:

    i’ll be at games 1 and 2 of lakers-mavs at staples.

    on behalf of all of us (or at least most of us), i’ll try talking to mr. cuban during one of the timeouts and convincing him to buy our team from mc-idiot.

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