This year is just too depressing:
- Kershaw possibly until Mid-May 2013;
- Billingsley facing TJ and out all of 2013;
- Lilly and Elbert facing surgery;
- Adrian Gonzalez doing a James Loney impersonation;
- Matt Kemp obviously broken down;
- Juan Uribe weighing the bench down… and good at it; and
- Josh Beckett is the Dodgers’ ace?
YIKES – The Big Dodger in the Sky is not happy.
The feel good story of the year has been Luis Cruz, but do you really want to go into Spring Training with him as your 3B? Juan Uribe anyone? I didn’t think so. I have an idea. Am I crazy? Maybe… but get this: The Texas Ranger have Adrian Beltre at 3B. For the uninitiated, Adrian Beltre is one of the TOP 3 MVP Candidates in the AL and is a Gold Glove 3B. He is signed for 3 more years with an option for a 4th year. (Disclaimer: Adrian Beltre is my favorite player and I scheme to get him back every year.)
The Rangers have a young 3B, Mike Olt who is ready for the big show. He was rated the #43 prospect this year by Baseball America. He hit 28 HR in the minors this year in less than a full season and is a plus defender at 3B. He has 39 plate appearances at Texas this year and is hitting .156, but he has gotten little playing time. He will hit and Texas knows it. He’s a natural 3B and projects to be a monster hitter. I think that the Rangers could be persuaded to trade him… or (gasp) Adrian Beltre for the right package.
In reality, I think Beltre could be the better trade candidate. Ranger fans love Josh Hamilton. The Dodgers don’t have any place for Hamilton to play, so he is not a consideration for LA. The Rangers need to re-sign Hamilton, but have salary constraints.
Solution: Trade Adrian Beltre back to the Dodgers and have the Dodgers take on his salary so that the Ranger can sign Hamilton. Olt becomes their 3B and everyone is happy.
Who to trade is the question? OK, let me say this first: Can you see what a big influence Adrian Beltre would be on Hanley Ramirez? Wow! Now, who to trade: One answer: Dee Gordon, Zach Lee and another prospect or two. The Rangers probably don’t need Gordon, so a three way deal is likely.
How would you like this lineup:
- Crawford LF
- Ramirez SS
- Kemp CF
- Gonzalez 1B
- Beltre 3B
- Ethier RF
- Ellis 2B
- Ellis C
That’s all I got…