Ryan Dempster wants to be a Dodger, not a Brave.
The Cubs feel they have no leverage on the Dodgers because of Dempster’s 10-5 rights.
The Dodgers need a hitter (or two) as well.
The Cubs are re-building and want salary relief.
The Dodgers want to win and have bucks to burn.
I have the perfect solution and this may be the perfect storm.
Here’s the deal: The Dodgers trade James Loney, Chris Withrow, Scott Van Slyke, Juan Uribe and Shawn Tolleson to the Cubs for Ryan Dempster, Bryan LaHair and Alfonzo Soriano.
Hold on, listen up! This makes sense. Trading Loney, Uribe and Tolleson clears up roster space.
Dempster is owed about $6 million this year. Soriano is owed about $46 million over this year and the next two.
That’s a cool $52 million!
Loney is owed about $2.5 million and Uribe is owed about $11.5 million.
The Cubs save $38 million and get the opportunity (or not) to retain Loney (Fresh Start) and have one more year of Uribe. They also get 3 good prospects.
The Dodgers get a 1B who hits righties (.315/.385/.545) and is a perfect platoon partner with Rivera, as well a power hitter in LF (Soriano). Soriano isn’t what he once was (.274/.324/.505 with 19 HR), but he has played pretty well this year, and can probably play effectively another year.
This isn’t a bad lineup:
- Gordon SS (I still believe)
- Ellis 2B
- Kemp CF
- Ethier RF
- Ramirez 3B
- LaHair/Rivera 1B
- Soriano LF
- Ellis C
When you can’t trade, buy the other team off. The Dodgers have that luxury.