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The Swagger is Back!

You can feel it.

If Juan Uribe gets hot…  I’ve always thought highly of Juan.  [wink, wink, wink]

Behind the scenes trades are being discused.  Teams are trying to get all they can.  Ned is trying to buy for as little as possible.

The rumor is the Dodgers have offered Gould and Withrow for Dempster, but the Cubs want Zach Lee.

I believe Dempster is the best pitcher available and will help the Dodgers more than Sheilds, Garza and others (I assume Hamels will re-sign with the Phils).  Ned knows that too.

Sit tight and root for Nate to Skate over the Mets.

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23 Responses to “The Swagger is Back!”

  1. Badger says:

    I can feel what? They beat the Mets twice. It’s the Mets.

    Of course the Cubs want Zach Lee. Lee is the only real top prospect we have. Eovaldi might get some interest, Gould, Reed and Webster could could be asked about. But it might take three to get a guy that could really help.

    Swagger stagger. That seems to be the system process this year.

    Sure don’t know how the Phils are affording all those contracts. Yeah, they draw very well, and will whether they win or not, but geez, they are at $172 million already. They aren’t the damn Yankees.

    The dbacks get Kubel. We get Rivera. The gints get Cabrera. We get Abreu. I look forward to the change in the GM office. Either a new approach, or a new GM.

  2. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Has Juan Uribe become a junkyard dog? Is that his picture posted above? I too have always thought highly of Juan (ditto on the winks). But even the worst of players can occasionally get hot. Is that the case with Uribe? Probably not, but anything is possible. Maybe Uribe picks it up and gets closer to his career norms. And maybe Nibiru will pass close to the earth, leading to tidal waves of historic proportions (more winks).

    All kinds of names popping up on the trade rumor mill. And I’m guessing the list could grow larger as the deadline approaches. Just a little more than a week before we actually know what this team will look like going forward. Of course, there is also August when teams can place players on revocable waivers, and deals are worked out.

  3. Badger says:

    Rumors talking about Broxton to the midgets.

    Wouldn’t that be fun? Facing Broxton in the pennant race.

  4. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Not sure it’s fair to lay the blame on Ned for signing Rivera instead of Kubel or Cabrera.

    Rivera is $4 million this year, with a club option of $4 million for 2013 or a $0.5 million buyout. Bottom line, the Dodgers are only on the hook for $4.5 million if they buy Rivera out at the end of this season.

    Kubel is 2 years at $16 million, with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2014, or a $1 million buyout. Bottom line, the Dbacks are committed to paying $17 million over two years if they buyout Kubel at the end of next season.

    Cabrera is $6 million for 2012.

    This is an example of the financial constraints that Colletti had under the McCourt regime. Those financial restraints are now gone. Maybe Colletti would have done the same thing anyway, but maybe not.

    Also, in the case of Cabrera, I don’t think anyone predicted that he would be having the kind of year he’s having. His career for the most part has been somewhat spotty. However, he definitely would have been a better choice than the spotty Rivera, just defensively alone.

    I’m not a Colletti supporter, nor am I a detractor. I simply don’t know what he would do under different circumstances. That said, I would have no problem with a GM change. And really, none of us know exactly how involved Stan Kasten is in this whole process. Could be that Kasten wants to work with Colletti through a full cycle before making any final decisions. And if he does make a GM change, Kasten may prefer not to do it until Colletti’s current contract expires. And again, we really don’t know what Colletti might do working under a new set of parameters.

    For me the bottom line is simple. McScrooge is gone, and a new era has only just begun (hopefully).

    • Gionfriddo says:

      Melky Cabrera was not signed, he was acquired when Sabean fleeced the hell out of Dayton Moore for Jonathan Sanchez. Simply put, Sabean, Dick Tidrow et al did their due diligence on Cabrera and realized his ’11 season (201 hits, .305) was a young player finally maturing after having 2 organiztions dump him due to poor work habits..

  5. Badger says:

    Good point and that is why I said “new approach or new GM”.

    The dacks payroll is $74M compared to the Dodgers $95M. They got a damn good team for $74M. I think that is how Towers works. He’s very good at what he does. And the fact that the gints are now outspending the Dodgers is just embarrassing. Add to that we overpaid everybody and backloaded contracts on dolts we are still paying for. I thought that was dumb then, and looks even dumber now.

    And yes, many of us figured it might take more than a few months to turn this around.

  6. Badger says:

    p.s.

    Kubel is 30 and a stone cold hitter. Cabrera is a 27 year old talent that just needed to get serious about his job. His best years are in front of him. Rivera and Abreu are old farts who’s best year’s are long gone. That is the point I was trying to make.

  7. Badger says:

    One more thing…

    methinks Towers threw Upton’s name out there to light a fire under him. Towers is a smart guy. It would not surprise me to see Upton stay in Arizona and have a monster second half.

    still need an edit app in here.

  8. Gionfriddo says:

    The problem I had with the Rivera signing is that Ned bid too early and bid AGAINST himself, as I stated a few days back with the comparative salaries given to Ross and Ludwick in regards to Rivera. My point was NOT to state that Ross should be our LF but rather how the market was already soft and yet Ned jumped the gun on a 34 yr old LF with below avg defensive ability to go along with decreasing power #’s. This is not debatable– Rivera turned one good month in ’11 into 4.5 mill for ’12 because Ned was not diligent.
    I understand the entire burden of the McCourt years can’t be laid at the feet of Ned, but make no mistake he IS a part of the problem, not part of the future solution.

    • Badger says:

      Yeah, you’re right Gio. Jed has a way of doing things like that. Rivera would be a decent back-up and RH pinch hitter. That contract for 4.5 is actually 4 with a team option for another 4, or a buy-out for .5 – which you accurately predict the Dodgers will do. He could have been had for cheaper I would think. My feeling at the start of the Jed era was that he was trained by an impecunious Sabean up in S.F., and McCheap got him because his other McErsatz choice, DePodesta, didn’t work out.

      Mets Murphy scores after he doubles on a ball that was clearly foul. Eovaldi looks pretty good so far.

  9. Badger says:

    Either Pitch Trax is way off or Jim Joyce is.

    For those who have some time, and are into stats, here is a “Holy Crap That’s a Lot of Information” article on the accuracy of Pitch Trax:

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=13109

  10. Michael says:

    Yeah. I’ve yet to see pitchtrax show one right over the plate. Jims’ missed a few but he sure does call em.
    Speaking of calling em, at least 3 times Dicks’ emphasium[is that a word?]has had balls seem 20 rows back which were caught in medium outfield. Great announcer but I don’t think baseball is his game.

    • Badger says:

      I noticed that too. I think he was tired or something. And, neither he or Darling are exactly Dodger fans.

  11. Dave says:

    question 1. . . Did Mark make it to the game today?

    question 2. . . If so, did he stay?

    8-3 Dodgers (game aint over yet but. . .okay, I won’t speak too soon.)

  12. Badger says:

    Sell Mets!!! Dump some of those contracts and start over.

    Heard an interesting stat today – the Dodgers road batting average is the second lowest since they moved to L.A.. There were some pretty bad hitting teams for a number of years in L.A. so that is a stat that needs to be improved.

    Josh Wall with his Major League debut and neither announcer said much about it. Great job Homers.

  13. ken says:

    Sweep, what an offensive juggernaut. Oh, it was the Mets who were average and now are free fallin.

    5 runs in each game. Way to use the easy button.

    On to play a hot Cardinal team.

  14. jon says:

    In the 1st game that started this win streak Mattingly started Rivera vs the Phillies on Wednesday. If they stick to that formula and keep Loney on the bench as much as possible they might be ok. The difference in some of these games is only 1 run and they can’t afford to play Loney when he’s always hitting into these double plays. A double play is worse than a strike out.

  15. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Starting Rivera is not part of any formula that makes makes things OK. And neither is starting Loney. The Dodgers need an upgrade at 1B, 3B, and LF. Not likely they’ll be able to get all three done, but maybe two, and perhaps only one. Maybe even none.

    Like it was noted above, Rivera parlayed his decent play with the Dodgers last year into his current contract, much in the same way that Uribe parlayed a clutch HR in the World Series into his ridiculous contract. And the Dodgers did probably bid against themselves. And that may well speak to incompetence on Ned’s part, but may also speak to his being desperate to sign somebody, since anyone worth anything was outside the Dodgers budget under McCourt. Maybe Ned does something else if given the financial wherewithal to work with. Maybe Ned wanted to go after players costing more than Rivera, and was simply not given the resources to do so. Consequently, he may have signed Rivera because that’s all that was available to him. Under McCourt the Dodgers played on the fringes, and therefore signed only fringe players like Rivera. The same could be the case with the Uribe signing.

    Again, I’m not supporting Colletti. I just think there are too many variables, given the conditions under which Dodgers management had to work, to blame anyone other than McCourt. I doubt if any GM could have done much given the circumstances. If the Dodgers fire Colletti, so be it. If he stays on, then we’ll just have to wait to see what happens between now and the opening of spring training in February.

    • Badger says:

      The Dodgers have had a payroll over or just under $100 Million since Colletti has been there. There are teams that did, and do, a lot more with 100 million than Colletti did does.

      If each WAR point is worth $5 million (I read that somewhere) then Juan Rivera should have a .8 WAR. It’s currently -.5. He is way overpaid.

      I would submit that part of the Dodgers problem has been they refuse to admit it’s an off year and go through some kind rebuild process. I read somewhere that Walter O’Malley was quoted as saying you have to have some losing seasons thrown in there so that people appreciate the good years.

  16. Badger says:

    OK, now the silly season picks up speed.

    Miami in free-fall – go get Hanley Ramirez.

    Mets suck. Go get Wright.

    Aramis Ramirez might be available. He’s 34, but has some left in the tank.

    Lots of names will start surfacing as we see who is out of it. I would think we are prime candidates to take on inflated contracts, especially considering we don’t have a lot of great prospects but we do have a lot of money. We are being named in all the rumors. Should be a fun week.

  17. Gionfriddo says:

    The McCourt safety net don’t work for Ned as far as I’m concerned– and there is 3 reasons why.. Schmidt, Pierre, and Andruw Jones to the tune of 128 mill.. It’s common knowledge (in court docs where the Dodgers sued the ins comp over Schmidts’ rotator cuff damage) the Dodgers and their stellar GM knew Schmidt had rotator cuff damage prior to giving him 47 mill of McCourts $$.. Pierre was given 44 mill when Ned freaked out that Sabean & Pierre’s agent were getting serious on a deal to make Juan a Giant, thus the absurd 5 yrs at 44 mill for a defensively challenged CF with a little leaguers arm and .335 OBP to go with it. Finally, the Ned over bid AGAIN when he gave us Andruw Jones, who was coming off a robust .222 avg with Atlanta ’07… We are all better off as Dodger fans now that McJackass has left the scene.. Let’s hope that come November, the Ned is following that same trail out of town.

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