I already believed that the Dodgers were a playoff team this year, even before the Dodgers were bought by Guggenheim (I shall henceforth call the new owners “Guggs & Company”). Now, I KNOW they are a playoff team and I guarantee that right now, Stan Kasten has assembled a small group of advisers to evaluate where the Dodgers need help, and by April 30th, Guggs & Company will hit the ground running. If certain players are not performing up to what is needed (are you listening Juan Uribe, James Loney and Andre Ethier?), I think this group will be eager to add a player or two or three and increase payroll, even dramatically.
Nothing would promote more confidence in this group than the acquisition of a 3B or 1B or LF or even a pitcher. David Wright comes to mind (not that I think he’s all that, but he’s probably an upgrade over Uribe). The Mets are sellers and I would not be surprised to see the Phillies become sellers (injuries and age are catching up with them). Like every season, players will become available and I believe the Dodgers will be players in that market. The front man, knows this too and I think he will push to make a splash.
Tickets won’t go up for another year or two and obtaining a star player would certainly raise the revenue (more butts in seats = more Dodger Dogs = more beer = more merchandise sales). I don’t know what to expect long term, but I would venture to say that the Dodgers will be playing in October this year. The Magic man will push for that.
The field coaching staff of the Dodgers are certainly safe, at least for this season. The front office could be another story. I could make the case for leaving Colletti and Company in control until the end of the season and evaluate them then. I could also make the case that as soon as Kasten takes control, he should fire Colletti and put his own GM in place. Ned is well respected in baseball circles and already knows Kasten well, so I would lean to the side that Colletti stays for the rest of the season and maybe beyond, Guggs & Company could very well extend his contract. On the other hand, I would not be surprised if April 30th was Ned’s last day.