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Rant & Rave Saturday

I don’t know if anyone else saw this article in The LA Times by Steve Dilbeck, where, in part, he said this:

Hard to imagine Victorino returning, though supposedly the idea hasn’t been completely abandoned. Victorino wants to play every day, and with Carl Crawford scheduled to become the everyday left-fielder next season, there’s no starting place for him in the outfield….

When he first arrived, he talked about wanting to re-sign with the Dodgers but once the blockbuster Adrian Gonzalez trade brought in Crawford, that concept disappeared. Not to mention the impact of his own substandard batting. He’ll need to do his flyin’ somewhere else now.

Nothing earth-shattering there… except that when it was first posted, it read like this:

Hard to imagine Victorino returning, though supposedly the idea hasn’t been completely abandoned. Victorino wants to play every day, and with Vernon Wells scheduled to become the everyday left-fielder next season, there’s no starting place for him in the outfield….

When he first arrived, he talked about wanting to re-sign with the Dodgers but once the blockbuster Adrian Gonzalez trade brought in Wells, that concept disappeared. Not to mention the impact of his own substandard batting. He’ll need to do his flyin’ somewhere else now.

Was that just an honest mistake or was it a Freudian Slip?  You know what I think.  Carl Crawford = Vernon Wells?  Let’s hope not.

  • Steven Cohen implicated in insider trading.  What is this world coming to?  I thought that all those Wall-Streeters were Choirboys…
  • Now that Jonny Gomes has signed with Boston, I would think that Cody Ross is more within reach for the Dodgers.  I still like him as the 4th OF a lot because he can backup every position.
  • Baseball Winter Meetings are December 3-6 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.  I’m thinking about sneaking down for a day or two.
  • I look for no significant Free Agent signings until then.
  • I still believe that Zach Greinke will be a Dodger…. by December 7th.
  • 8 non-roster invitees this year – Yawn!
  • If you lo0k at the stats from the DWL, you will see Hanley Ramirez is tearing up the league and is playing 3B.  He is on the same team as Dee Gordon, but don’t get excited – Dee Gordon hasn’t played in almost a week (don’t know why) and Hanley has DH’ed in every game.
  • Stan Kasten says that “smart always beats rich.“  Stay true to that, Stan!

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15 Responses to “Rant & Rave Saturday”

  1. Badger says:

    I too believe Greinke will be a Dodger.

    Crawford is not Vernon Wells. Not by any measurement – but ‘cept maybe oWAR.

    Cody Ross would be good.

    Smart always beats rich?? Well, I don’t know about that. Rich can afford to buy smart. That is why the rich get away with sh*t. They buy the lawyers. And fyi, the 8th richest payroll in MLB beat the 5th richest payroll in MLB. Guess being in the bottom half of the rich in MLB means one thing for sure… you can GET some of the best young talent in baseball, but it means little if you cannot KEEP them. Do you believe teams like Kansas City or Oakland will EVER win a Championship? Who would you bet on first…… Los Angeles and New York or Oakland and Kansas City? Hey, they are pretty smart up there in Oakland. If smart always beats rich…………

  2. ken says:

    Very clever way of keeping Silverio. The dodgers are getting smarter.

    Yes now Ross is a possibility. But will the Red Sox go with one of their two rookies who had about 200 ABs each last year at the MLB level or sign another free agent OF? Sands still not even on their MLB depth chart.

    “Most lucrative insider trading scheme ever” Cohen is at least guilty of negligent supervision and as a CEO should know where the buck stops.

    Mark – If you go to the Winter meetings then we sill expect a candid interview!

    Josh Fields signs with the Phillies. Hopefully he can revitalize his career in that small field, if he can make it as a backup.

    I would like to take a gamble on Brandon McCarthy as a long reliever/1st replacement starter, but I am not yet sold on the dodger medical team. And again not my money.

    If the dodgers really want to put a nail in the Anaheim angel coffin then sign Greinke. Then Ely could be the angel #3 starter.

    Looking forward to a few more significant NRI signings by 11/30!

    Hopefully Ned can work out a fair salary for both Ellis and Belisario by 11/30 and the dodgers have no arbitrations to deal with.

    Hopefully the deep pockets of the new dodgers will show some goodwill and provide an offer above the league minimum to Jansen even if they just throw him an extra $150,000.

    1.000 OPS is good for anyone even in DWL.

  3. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Yes, smart may always beat rich, but smart and rich seems to be a better combination that smart and poor.

    Crawford was a more consistent player with the Rays than Wells was with the Jays.

    Definitely hoping that the Dodgers sign Greinke during or after the winter meetings. Probably will also sign Ryu. I wonder if they will go so far as to sign Sanchez as well.

    Guessing that there will be a flurry of activity at the winter meetings. Could be that there will be some surprising stuff.

  4. Badger says:

    Well, the rich don’t get rich by being stupid, that’s for sure. Gotta know the system, then set out to beat it. That’s what Cohen was trying to do, and it’s what the Guggs did.

    Big games in football today. Go Ducks. Go Bruins. Go Trojans. Long day.

  5. Bob says:

    Mark,

    Belated Happy Thanksgiving. Glad to see LA Dodger Talk going strong again. We need you insight. Grienke and Ross would fit very nicely into every Dodger fan’s Christmas stocking. Ross can handle every OF position, allow Crawford to ease into LF with a stronger thowing arm and get some RH abs spelling Ethier. Clayton and Grienke would be a great one-two punch. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

  6. Badger says:

    Ducks roll. Luck of the Irish – going against a freshman qb. At least they are playing on the road. That in itself is unusual for them. The Bruins are getting thumped by a superior Stanford team. Anybody else tired of the SEC?

    Still pretty quiet on the baseball front. Anybody else want to post some silly
    fat Crawford pics?

  7. Badger says:

    Well, SC’s cheerleaders win in a landslide.

  8. Badger says:

    Looks like I am the only one awake tonight.

    Alabama and Notre Damzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Should be about a half dozen bowl games more interesting than that one.

  9. AnewBlueDay says:

    Gee, two years goes by — and what changes in the 40-man roster !!!

    From the 2011, 40 man roster, only these guys are the same:

    Belisario
    Billingsley
    Elbert
    Ely
    Guerra
    Jansen
    Kershaw
    Lilly
    Ellis (AJ)
    Ethier
    Kemp

    All the others from 2011 are gone. Only 11 make the cuts, trades, drops, etc.

    Did you notice, NO infielders, 2 outfielders, 1 catcher, and the rest pitchers = 8

  10. ken says:

    Another deadline to anticipate
    11/30 – Final day for exclusive negotiation rights regarding TV contract.

    If you believe that there will be a tv bubble within 10 years as bad as the real estate bubble then sign a 30 year contract with FOX, and hope they do not go BK in 15-20 years. If not then start your own network.

  11. Pete M. says:

    Yep, 12 & 0…Nothing but luck!?!?
    I’ll stick by it, Crawford will be a fan favorite…
    Why not instead of Ross, lets give Castle or Andy V.S. a go….
    Is the statement by Kasten warning us that were not going to make fools of ourselves on the Zack G.carnival???
    Victorino…We tried, it failed…let it go…
    Again, Happy Thanksgiving to all. I have alot to be thankful for, especially the post meal turkey sandwiches that I have been enjoying.

  12. Pete M. says:

    Oops… My bad Scott Van Slyke…

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