The significance of the last 48 hours should not be lost on us. The Dodgers agreed to terms with Zach Greinke and then signed Hyun-Jin Ryu which was followed by the trade of James Shields and Wade Davis for Wil Myers and three other players. There is likely a connection. We will probably never know what exactly happened, but I believe the Dodgers Plan A was Greinke and Ryu with Sheilds being the player they would have traded for should either one of those deals not got done.
I believe that Greinke had until Sunday to make his decision and of course, that was the deadline for Ryu. If Greinke or Ryu was not signed by Sunday, I believe that James Sheilds was coming to LA. The Doidgers didn’t have Wil Myers, but they could have sent Gordon, Lee, Pederson, Reed and others to get the deal they needed. The fact that the Shields/Myers deal came down right after the signing of Ryu should tell you something. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and smells like a duck… it’s probably a duck!
I think Sanchez is off the radar now, unless his value plummets.
What is on the radar is that the Dodgers have a plethora of starting pitchers, but I don’t think Lilly or Billingsley are tradable until they have demonstrated they are healthy, which could be May. So, do the Dodgers trade Harang and Capuano, who would both be very tradable to teams looking for pitching depth? What if Lilly and Billingsley are hurt? One or both could be needed. I would think it’s a lock that Capuano would be traded as he is a hot commodity as a lefty starter.
What else do the Dodgers need? In order of importance, I think it is a player who can play 2B or 3B and hit leadoff. Who is that guy? They also need a 4th outfielder and I would love it if it was Cody Ross. Schumaker is still on the radar, but I don’t like Ellis and Schumaker leading off. The Dodgers need a leadoff hitter.
Come on – put on your thinking hats – who is it?