I have been known to sit in my Dodger lab and experiment by mixing different players and lineups together to see what could happen. After further review, here’s the lineup I want:
- Bourn CF (L)
- Ynoa 2B (B)
- Kemp RF (R)
- Gonzalez 1B (L)
- Wright 3B (R)
- Ramirez SS (R)
- Crawford LF (L)
- Ellis C (R)
This is like doing your taxes by starting at the bottom and working up…. but I like it! I might try that…
How do the Dodgers get there? Let me explain.
- Sign Michael Bourn as a Free Agent – He is a great CF, he lets Kemp go to RF where there is less wear and tear and Bourn is a bonafide lead off hitter. An outfield of Crawford, Bourn and Kemp would be the best defensive outfield in all of baseball.
- Why would the Dodgers send Rafael Ynoa to the AFL? I believe they think he can be a player. He’s a switch hitter, has a soft glove and is fast. Let’s give him the 2B job and let him hit #2. Between Bourn and Kemp, he would get some pitches to hit and not be impotent against RH pitching, like Ellis. If he can’t handle that, he could flip with Crawford.
- With Ramirez at SS, there is no need for Luis Cruz, Elian Herrera, Juan Uribe or Dee Gordon. Also, Andre Ethier, Zach Lee, Mark Ellis, Chris Reed, Alex Castellanos, Scott Van Slyke, Aaron Harang or Chris Capuano, and Joc Pederson or Yasiel Puig, could be a part of a trade for David Price or James Shields and David Wright!
- That said, Josh Hamilton is a possibility and I am sure there are lots of other deals available. On Baseball Tonight, Jon Heyman said that Ned Colletti was on the phone more than any other GM…. I;m certain, that something REALLY BIG will happen soon. Stay tuned.
- Several sources report that the Dodgers were the winning bidder for 25-year-old Hyun-Jin Ryu, a LH with seveal plus pitches, including a 92 MPH fastball. Interesting, but unconfirmed. Also, it appears that most teams think he should be in the pen, not a starter.
- Interesting article by Mark Saxon of ESPN/LA.