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A Granny and More Junkyard Dogs

Andre Either was the Junkyard Dog of the Day on Sunday because his only hit was a Grand Slam.  Herrera, Abreu and Gwynn (Certified Junkyard Dogs all) each played a role.  Herrera is a “never was,” Gwynn is a “cast off” and Abreu was pulled from the bone pile.  They are absolutely Junkyard Dogs and Andre is an honorary one.   Shoot, even James Loney, Adam Kennedy and Dee Gordon got in the act, and Chad Billingsley pitched like a junkyard dog.  He was actually pitching like the Number TWO that he should be.  Who knew?  Bills now is 4-4 with a 3.57 ERA.

Other News:

  • They (who is they?) say that Corey Seager is better than his brother Kyle and I like Kyle a lot.  Some projections have Kory ready in 2013 – 2014, but I say it;s most like 2014 – 2015.
  • Jorge Soler a Dodger?  Maybe!!!   Here’s the deal:  No one knows how good he will be – the Dodgers should bid strong but not overpay.  Overpay for what you know is good (Josh Hamilton).
  • Shawn Tolleson looked like a deer-in-the headlights again at the beginning of his inning, but settled down and looked like he should belong in the LA pen for a long time.
  • Jared Massey’s Minor League Report – 6/10/12
  • Tim Lincecum has a 6.00 ERA after the loss yesterday.  The Giants are 2-11 in games he has started!  Imagine how good the Giants might be this year, if he was pitching like he used to.  Is it an arm issue?
  • Juan Uribe looks ready – he was 0-4 with 2 K’s yesterday – He’s in mid-season form!
  • Dee Gordon is the lead-off hitter and starting short-stop on the team with the best record in baseball.  Now, what were you saying about him?

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28 Responses to “A Granny and More Junkyard Dogs”

  1. Michael says:

    I have a feeling that if we overbid to purchase the team that we will overbid to get the players we really want.
    All I know about Soler is that he’s a 20yo cuban defector. If we bid I assume we want. I’m also asssuming the we WANT[and will get] Hamilton and Hamels.

  2. ken says:

    I belong to “They” Corey in 2015! Corey knows the cupboard is bare. Just Overpay. The 2012 Draft will be a failure if the Dodgers do not sign Corey.

    Marilyn Manson just needs to go back to his Big Mac Diet. Serious.

    Dee Dee is as stubborn as a teenage girl. :)

    Can’t wait for Uribe to play the role of super sub against RHP with his major reverse splits. Watch the Dodgers start losing when Donnie plays him everyday especially against LHP.

    Scrub List is getting longer even as the Dodgers find ways to win. Who Knew?

    Last 30 Days
    Kemp .111 DL
    Casty .143 Being sent to AAA
    SVS .167 Sent to AAA
    Sands .200 Sent to AAA
    Rivera .200 One season wonder?

    Last 7 Days
    IDJ .000 His bags are packed
    Ethier .077 Oops!
    Rivera .200 Platoon Him

    Last 30 days
    Tolleson 9.00 First pitcher back to AAA
    Lilly 6.48 DL
    Wright 5.40 Wow! Can’t even compare to Coffey’s 2.00

    Last 7 Games
    Tolleson 9.00 Isn’t he gone yet
    Capuano 7.20 Is he still an All-Star?

  3. ken says:

    The Angel bats are hot – .300 in June. First in MLB

    On the other hand on Mondays :)
    LAD .304
    LAA .277

    LAD 2.18
    LAA 3.42

  4. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Bobby made the following comment in the previous thread.

    “It would suck to lose a bid by a few bucks. If I remember, we lost out to Seattle on the Ichiro thing 13 years ago by less than $10,000. A few more bucks and the entire decade would have been so different!!!”

    Maybe signing Ichiro would have been a good thing. But if he had been signed things may not have happened exactly as they did. Basically, the timeline would have changed. Therefore, perhaps if we had Ichiro, the Dodgers would have won more games in 2005, and therefore would not have had the 7th pick in the 2006 draft, which turned out to be Clayton Kershaw. And who knows what else would have changed had the circumstances been different? Anyone who has ever watched Star Trek knows that a small change in past events can have huge implications in the future. There is simply no way to determine whether signing Ichiro would have ultimately been good or bad for the Dodgers.

    I probably would like for the Dodgers to sign Soler, of only because of the message it would send. But in the end, I know nothing about the player, and have no idea if the hype matches the talent. If the Dodgers sign him I will assume they have favorable scouting reports. If not, then they just move on, and budget the money saved to sign impact free agents over the winter, or whatever. Even though the Dodgers now have money to spend, doesn’t mean that they should spend it wildly. Wisely is better.

  5. DRomo says:

    The buz in Soler is he is as good or better than Cespedes. Oakland is not sorry they swiped him. He is a nice player! Soler is 20 years old and said to be major league ready. The word is he is asking for around 4 years $36 million. That is a steal if he is in fact like Cespedes. Josh Hamilton will cost in excess of $100 million and you will always have to wonder what a former addict might do in LA. I hate to say that out loud but we have been down that road before. Hamilton has had injury issues in the past to. I doubt that would improve with age.
    The upper levels of our minors are not that stacked with talent in spite of our recent success with Van Slyke and Sands helping out. Soler is 20. If we sign Andre to an extension next year we could have an outfield set for years to come. Let’s not miss the boat on this one.

  6. Roger Dodger says:

    At some point, new ownership needs to make a statement that they are on the job and awake. Signing some hotdog foreign player or making a key player trade . . . something to show they are serious.

    The Dodgers have been very lucky with wins this season. Also, that the rest of the N.L. West has been asleep, but they are waking up now.

    Donnie has really looked great with the results of the Dodgers. We can argue about his use of pitchers, bunting, running on the bases, batting order, who plays and who sits, etc. —– but the fact is — the Dodgers have the best record in the majors.

  7. Badger says:

    Good point Roger. The West is going to get better. And if Lincecum figures it out, the second half is going to have a completely different look.

    The Dodgers do need to make a splash, but it does not need to happen this quickly. Like I have been saying for a couple of weeks now, the trade deadline is still many games away. Lots can happen between now and then. Heck, for all we know, the Dodgers could be in third place by that time. This is baseball, not the NFL. They play 16 games and the season is over. 16 games in the Major Leagues is a couple of weeks.

    I have no idea who Soler is, but if signing him means we have less to spend on international scouting and player development I say the hell with it. $36 million will go a long way to make everything in this organization cleaner and more efficient. And for the record, I don’t think Hamilton is coming to L.A.. He is a southern boy and should remain right where he is. He is already in his 30′s, and like was mentioned has had health issues. I would say he is about two years from being a DH. Texas should lock him up and build around him. As I have said before, I want to get guys who are their way up – guys like Kemp, Kershaw and Ethier. If they believe this Soler kid is the real deal, make the offer that makes sense and if we get outbid – move on.

  8. Mark_Timmons says:

    Scouting Reports on Jorge Soler:

    Rumors are just that – Consider it, but don\’t put stock in them until it happens.

  9. Kevin says:

    I agree Mark but Jayson Stark is usually right on the money.

  10. Kevin says:

    Sorry meant Tim Brown. Just read a Jayson Stark article so I think he was still on my mind!

  11. Badger says:

    Looks like the rumor about the Cubs was the correct one. They need a splash too. They ALWAYS need a splash. Good luck Jorge. You are going to need it with that organization.

    And we move on.

  12. Kevin says:

    Exactly Badger….We have more pressing issues to address than the OF anyway.

  13. Bobby says:

    Right. I’ll worry about losing him in 4 yrs if he proves he’s Vlad Guerrero haha.

    0therwise, I’m back on the Justin Morneau bandwagon

  14. Badger says:

    Patience my Blue Brothers. We have the right people in place upstairs. They will know what to do and when to do it.

    I will wait until mid July before I make my decisive moves. If something great lands in the lap, sure, take it. But for now, we are getting some serious over-achieving going on from the bone pile. We ride that until the wheels come off. If on July 31, we are in a position to make one move that puts us into the play-offs – we make it. If on that date, all these .250 hitters we have hitting over .300 have cooled off, maybe we should look further down the road.

    We have time. It’s a very – long – season.

  15. Badger says:

    9 years – $30 million?

    That’s it? $3 mil a year? for 9 years?

    That sounds like a steal to me. I wonder what the Dodgers bid.

  16. Michael says:

    If any of you haven’t seen Mike Trout in action yet be sure to catch at least one of the upcoming games with the Angels.
    This rookie is an unbelievable talent. All he is doing is hitting 476 with 13 runs scored and 5 stolen bases in his last 10 games. Oh yeah he plays exceptional defense in CF too. He may be faster from home to first from the RH batters box than Dee. Reminds me of Mickey Mantle. Unreal.

  17. Badger says:

    I have seen him Michael, and you are right. He has been on the top 3 prospect list for a few years now. He is finally here. Sure wish we had somebody like that in our system. We don’t.

  18. ken says:



    Seager is the priority. Spend money on him first.

  19. Roger Dodger says:

    Watched the three College: on the road to the World Series this afternoon and tonight.

    There were a couple of “college” players that really laid down great bunts. Dee Gordon should watch those films.

    The College World Series starts this next weekend . . . might be some great baseball there — and a peek at a few new draftees.

  20. ken says:

    6-1 3 minutes to go
    Congrats to the Kings
    Go dodgers

  21. Roger Dodger says:

    Who are the Kings? Is that some soccer team, like the Madrid Kings?

  22. Roger Dodger says:

    So, the new Dodger owners, had their real first crack and signing some new hot talent — and did not make the cut.

  23. Badger says:

    “Soler has the option of opting out of the contract altogether during his arbitration-eligible years, which means that he could make far more than the $30 million guaranteed.

    Year by year, through his arbitration years, he can weigh the dollar value in his agreed-upon salary versus what he might make in arbitration.”

    This sure seems like an easy contract to me. I find it hard to believe THAT was the winning “bid”. I would have thought it was going to be 4 years at about 4-5 per year, with team options. In this thing, the kid holds the cards but the team isn’t paying all that much. He plays with the Cubs for a few years and if it’s going well, he can bolt. Good deal for everybody I would say.

    ken, can you please interpret this for us as it applies to Soler?

    Q: When does a player become eligible for salary arbitration?

    A: A player with three or more years of service, but less than six years, may file for salary arbitration. In addition, a player can be classified as a “Super Two” and be eligible for arbitration with less than three years of service. A player with at least two but less than three years of Major League service shall be eligible for salary arbitration if he has accumulated at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season and he ranks in the top 22 percent (increased from 17 percent in previous agreements) in total service in the class of Players who have at least two but less than three years of Major League service, however accumulated, but with at least 86 days of service accumulated during the immediately preceding season.

    • ken says:

      What if he stays in the minors for 3 years? Then he is not eligible for arbitration for 6 years unless he qualifies for Super 2 status. $3 mil is a lot for a AA player but $3 mil is not much for a star third year player.

      What happens if he is a bust and stays in the minors for 5 years, plays for the Cubs for 3 years and is not arbitration eligble until year 9? Wow

  24. Mark_Timmons says:

    Theo is an Idiot!

  25. ken says:

    No comments allowed re Uribe?


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