I know that the Almighty Stan Kasten and his
Clown Crown Prince Sir Ned Colletti must have a plan to bridge the gap between the current Dodgers and re-building the farm. The thing is:
IT AIN’T WORKING!
When the Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez for Nate Eovaldi, I was OK but not overwhelmed, as I knew that Hanley felt he HAD to play SS, not 3B. That was a potential problem. But, then they traded Ivan DeJesus, Jr., Jerry Sands, James Loney, Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa to the Red Sox for a band of thirty-somethings named Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzales and Nick Punto and assumed a QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS IN SALARY!
Next they signed Zach Greinke to a $147 million contract and Brandon League to a 3-year $22 million dollar deal (GM’s all over the league laughed their butts off over this deal). I have a few questions:
How would we feel if the Dodgers didn’t have Adrian Gonzales at 1B, Carl Crawford in LF and Josh Beckett on the mound (I’m not even considering Punto)? Do you think they’d be doing any worse if we had this lineup?
- Bourne CF (The Dodgers could have afforded to sign him if they didn’t have $400,000,000 tied up in four players)
- Ellis/Schumaker 2B
- Ethier LF
- Kemp RF
- Eric Chavez 3B (could have easily signed him as a free agent)
- Loney 1B (he’s one of the top BA hitters in the AL now), or Berkman
- Ellis C
- Gordon SS
YOU DON’T BUILD A BRIDGE BY TAKING ON A QUARTER MILLION IN SALARY WITH A BUNCH OF AGING, INJURY-PRONE THIRTY-SOMETHING HITTERS. Even Ray Charles could see that. But, evidently Stan and Ned couldn’t and most of the fans couldn’t! Everyone was ga-ga over the free-spending Dodgers… all except me!
I guess I’m OK with Greinke signing, but the Dodgers would still have De La Rosa, Webster and Eovaldi if they didn’t have Ramirez, CC, Beckett and A-Gon. This team is a train-wreck and Stan and Ned are the conductors. If it were a real train, they would be given breathalyser tests and brought up on charges. The Grand Jury would indict both of them.
The Dodgers could have signed any number of players to shorter-term less money deals if they wanted to bridge the gap until the farm would flourish again. Scott Hairston would have been nice on the bench and could have been afforded without the quarter million owed to the AARP members. If you didn’t like Loney, you could have Lance Berkman for 1 year/$11 mil.
I’m going to say it again – Kasten and Colletti were idiots to do those deals. Even Greinke is questionable. The Dodger could have had Kyle Lohse for a lot less to bridge the gap to De La Rosa, Webster, Eovaldi, Lee and Magill. Maybe things will change, but right about now, Stan and Ned look like candidates for the worst front office in baseball. They are the poster boys of how not to run a baseball club. Throw in Stan Conte and you have Curley, Larry and Moe. Tell me this doesn’t look a lot like them.