The Dodgers have a penchant for trading for guys with bad attitudes named Ramirez and parlaying that into some sort of “mania.” Is LA ready for “HanleyMania?” On May 5, 2102, I wrote this:
I know the Dodgers would love to have David Wright. He may never hit over 20 HR again, but he’s OPS’ing 1.085. He would look good in Blue, but I am going to throw out a name that I think is more likely – Hanley Ramirez. Miami was picked by many to win it all. They are just not gelling as a team and reportedly have a fractured clubhouse. Ozzie Guillen is running a zoo and I could see them re-loading an unloading the unhappy Ramirez, who is hitting .198. Wright is at .395 and getting him would mean that the Dodgers would have to “buy high.” With Ramirez, they would be buying low.
I fear that Hanley Ramirez would cost the Dodgers Zach Lee and more, but he might just be worth it. Hanley Ramirez needs a fresh start. He’s 28 years old and could be one of the best players in baseball. Put him on a team with Kemp, Ellis’es, Ethier, Hariston, Abreu, Rivera and Gordon and he might bloom.
I still believe that and stand by that. Hanley Ramirez needed to get out of Florida. He has been a bad actor, there’s no doubt about that, but with Kemp, Ethier, Hairston and others to mentor him, I think you could she him blow up the rest of the season. The thing I worry about is that he probably should be a 1B. He’s adequate at SS, but looks lost at 3B some times – maybe that’s just something he had in Florida due to being supplanted by Jose Reyes. He’s just 28 and a new start gives him a new lease on life.
Throw in Randy Choate who has been very successful as a situational lefty the past two years and this was a good deal, even if Nate Eovaldi had to go. Scott McGough was also included in the deal. I believe that Nate will be a very good pitcher, but you have to give up quality to get it. OK – I give Ned Colletti and Company a good grade for this deal. In fact, this could be the best deal ever done by the Dodgers! Hanley can easily be an MVP-Type Player and with him behind Andre, you are going to see Ethier put up much better numbers as well.
It looks like Ryan Dempster is forcing the Cubs to trade him to the Dodgers… this means the Dodgers can get the deal they want. I personally don’t have a problem with trading Zach Lee straight up for Dempster, but that’s just because I think Lee will never be a top-of-the-rotation starter, but that’s just my opinion. You are entitled to disagree… even if I have never been wrong. ;)
Here’s another deal the Dodgers could make: Carl Crawford!
The Red Sox are willing to pay a substantial portion of Crawford’s salary. Crawford would hit .320 in LA without the HR distraction he has in Boston. Like Badger, I too, liked Crawford, but not at the price Theo Epstein (he’s a genius?) gave him. He’s a leadoff hitter – Period. However, Theo gave him “middle-of-the-order money.” He’s a freaking leadoff hitter!
How about a combination of Garrett Gould, Shawn Tolleson, Juan Uribe or Scott Van Slyke for him if Boston pays a big part of his salary (30-40%) salary?
That would be a great defensive outfield with Crawford in LF.
I dream of this lineup:
- Crawford LF
- Ellis 2B
- Kemp CF
- Ethier RF
- Ramirez 3B
- Loney/Rivera 1B
- Ellis C
- Gordon/Cruz SS
Above is an image of the Fernando Valenzuela Bobblehead presented by State Farm, unveiled today, that will be given to fans with the first 50,000 tickets on Tuesday, August 21 (7:10 p.m. vs. SF).