Realistically, Dee Gordon is out for the year. Oh, he’ll probably be back but with the amount of time he will miss due to surgery, it’s unlikely he will be much of a factor. What should the Dodgers do now? Herrera is not an everyday Shortstop, neither is Hairston, Jr. and forget about IDJ2 – he can’t cover enough ground. Justin Sellers is out for the foreseeable future and Adam Kennedy and Mark Ellis don’t play the position. Dee Gordon struggled, but his bunting was getting better and you had the feeling he was ready to turn the corner. Not this year. Oh well!
That just leaves Luis Cruz. Are you comfortable with that? I’m not. I’m sure he can sub there, but is he ready to play everyday? Should the Dodgers trade for someone else? The pickings are slim. With Stephen Drew back, the D-Backs might be persuaded to give up John McDonald, who is a defensive whiz, unless you think Wilson Valdez is an option.
I suppose Starlin Castro might be available, but it would cost an arm and a leg. Not an option as far as I am concerned.
With the All-Star game in sight and the trade deadline approaching, I would try and trade for McDonald. Jerry Hairston and a prospect should get that done. My sights would be on Chase Headley at 3B. If it takes Zach Lee to get him, I would do it.
Finally, I would target Michael Cuddyer. He has a big contract that the Dodgers could absorb 100% and he can play 1B or outfield. I’m not sure what the Rockies would want, but by taking all of his salary, I’m sure the Dodgers could do it.
By July 15th, this could be the lineup:
- Ellis, M 2B
- Ellis, A C
- Kemp CF
- Ethier RF
- Cuddyer LF
- Headley 3B
- Loney/Rivera 1B
- McDonald SS
Does anybody have a better idea?
The Dodgers are still in 1st Place. All I can say is that these guys are Junkyard Dogs! I like that. I like it a lot!