A few years ago, I was repeatedly berated for calling Andre Ethier “soft.” I backed off for a while when he had some clutch hits, but let’s face the truth: He is soft. He’s a singles hitter who can’t hit lefties. It is what it is. You can’t pay a soft player what he is going to want.
But someone might. Someone might love Andre Ethier, and maybe he would be a great fit in Boston (with his buddy, Dustin) or NY or Chicago. In LA, he’s not all that. The same is true of Jon Broxton – you don’t pay a set-up man $7 mil a year (assuming he can ever come back).
In the time that Jon Garland has been on the DL, Rubby has shown that he’s a pitcher cut from the same ilk as one Clayton Kershaw.
Their are some major teams with holes in their rotations. If healthy, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda could have new homes in a heartbeat. With no long-term deal (like Lilly), the Yankees and others would be interested.
If some teams have serious injuries, players like Casey Blake and Rafael Furcal (if healthy and that’s a big if) could also draw interest. The Reds would love to have a healthy Raffy. Even Marcus Thames has valve to an AL team. I love Jamey Carroll, but if a team was making a run, give him a chance.
There may or may not be a market for all these players but if Ned is smart, he is exploring it.
- Andre Ethier
- Jon Broxton
- Jon Garland
- Hirokji Kuroda
- Casey Blake
- Rafael Furcal
- Jamie Carroll
- Marcus Thames
Some, or all of these players could have a new home before the year is over, and the Dodgers could get a boatload of prospects, while allowing Frankie to make payroll. It could happen.
I can tell you that if I were in charge, I would run this lineup out every day:
- Gordon SS
- Robinson CF
- Kemp RF
- Loney 1B
- Sands LF
- Uribe 3B
- Barajas C
- De Jesus 2B
- De La Rosa
Let’s find out who can play. The Dodgers have a plethora of prospects who are soon to be ready, including Webster, Eovaldi, Tolleson and others. Stock the farm with some more prospects. Throw in the towel for 2011 – I mean, when a team loses it’s TOP 4 closers to the DL, you know the Baseball Gods are against you. Don’t fight it. Let’s prepare for the future – with or without Frank McCourt.
While we are on the subject, the more time that passes, the more likely he stays. I’m just sayin’…
This is a bottom line business and bottom line: Frank has made payroll EVERY TIME. I’m just sayin’… most aren’t listening!