Players that teams wait on year-after-year to reach their potential, seldom do. That’s a sweeping statement and I don’t have time to do the scientific research, but it seems about right to me. It seems like players with “potential unrealized” frequently achieve that potential with a different team than the one they start with. It cuts both ways. I write this with two players in mind that most Dodger fans feels should be so much better than they are, but for one reason or another, they aren’t. That would be James Loney and Chad Billingsley. It’s time for a change. What should that change be? I have an idea. Bear with me:
- Trade Chad Billingsley, Ivan DeJesus, and Zach Lee to the Phillies for Cole Hamels and Chase Utley
- Trade James Loney to the Astros for Wesley Wright (Dodgers get a LH – James goes home)
Chase Utley may never be able to play 2B again with his bad knee and the Phillies have Howard for 1B. It’s probably 1B for Utley, thus the need for Philly to trade him. It’s a risk, but playing 1B would help prolong his career. The Phillies get a starter and a pitching prospect in Lee and a 2B prospect. Hamels probably isn’t going to sign with them so they get a pitcher in Bills who has upside and could possibly flourish in a new environment.
By the way, Baseball America now ranks Zach Lee no better than a #3 or #4 and frankly, I think they are right. It would not surprise me if he went back to football.
We hear that the Dodgers are in the process of signing 20 international prospects – sounds like they are putting their money where there mouth is!
AJ ELLIS FOR PRESIDENT!