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I’m picking up Good Vibrations over this signing

I have seen sucking down Vicodin by the dozens the past few days but then I saw that Brian Wilson signed with the Dodgers, I was like “YES.”

I know they call him “The Beard” but the only photo I could find was this one.   Must have shaved it.

The Ravine is going to be jammin’ with his music!

I hope they didn’t give him too much – he looks a little long in the tooth.

Pass me another Vicodin, please.

This is good – do you think the Beach Boys will come too?


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60 Responses to “I’m picking up Good Vibrations over this signing”

  1. DRomo says:

    Will he turn the bullpen into a sandbox?

  2. DRomo says:

    DBags are supposedly favorites to land Peavy? Does that move the needle much? I know he would be a good #5 here, but I think Peavy isn’t what he once was. It’s not a threat to us.

    Rich Smith of All Sports is reporting Dodgers are willing to trade any of the top 3 prospects and take on the contract of Cliff Lee.

    the asking price I had heard was 3 prospects AND the $$

    I doubt the deal happens but Would you give up Seager OR Z. Lee or Pederson for Cliff Lee? I’m not sure although a Kershaw, Greinke, Lee, Ryu front 4 is incredible!

  3. SpokaneBob says:

    Signed to a minor league contract. He will have to earn his way back. All it cost us was $$$$$.

  4. SpokaneBob says:

    I am fine with our first 3 in the post season, but Lee would be nice to have in case one of them went down.

  5. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Dodgers bullpen is pretty strong as is, and the million $$$$$ or so that Wilson is getting is no big deal, especially since it costs zero in prospects. If reports are accurate, he will go to Arizona, then report to the minors, with the plan being for him to report to the Doddgers in a couple of weeks. If it works out, it could be a bonanza. If not, he ends up spending only a brief time with the Dodgers, and probably doesn’t do too much damage, if any. Probably worth the relatively small investment, and if it turns out that he earns any of the performance bonuses, then it likely would be a plus, maybe even a big plus.

    Who knows, maybe we get the pre-beard version.

    Mostly I’m waiting to see what, if anything the Dodgers do before tomorrow’s non-waiver trade deadline.

    But Mark, it could also turn out to be “ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ”.

  6. DRomo says:

    Wilson’s deal is a major league deal. $1 million, he will be placed on the 15 day DL and spend approx 2 weeks in the minors (AZ league then Rancho).

    He is also asking to wear the number 00

    I am not making any of this up.

  7. DRomo says:

    And yes he still has the beard….. as of now.

  8. Badger says:

    Not Seager. But Pederson and Lee yes.

    The Phillies are dreaming if they think they will get ALL of what they want. That is a lot of money for a guy that age with all those innings on his arm. Money or top prospects but I don’t think many teams will offer both.

  9. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I think the decision on Lee depends on a number of things:

    a. Do the Dodgers believe that he will continue to be effective over the next couple of years?

    b. What prospects that we still know very little about (recent draft and international signings) are considered good enough to replace the prospects we would surrender?

    c. How much potentially does a pitcher like Lee add to the Dodgers’ bottom line in terms of additional revenue he could generate via promotions, merchandise and concession sales, ticket sales, post-season revenue, and the ability down the line to raise prices for tickets, merchandise and concessions?

    d. What chance does Pederson have of breaking into the Dodgers lineup if Puig, Kemp, Crawford, and Ethier are all healthy going forward? Is he even good enough?

    e. Same for Zach Lee going forward if Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu and Lee remain in the rotation, and maybe even Nolasco or a reasonable facsimile signs with the Dodgers next off-season.

    I could understand why the Dodgers wouldn’t do it, because there is more than a little risk in committing to over $60 million in the next 3 years to a pitcher who is about to turn 35. And maybe there are other alternatives at least nearly as good, and a lot cheaper. As I’ve noted before, this is one deal on which I would simply have to trust the Dodgers’ judgment, and accept that they have a lot more information than I do.

    Finally, if the Phillies are selling, then perhaps such a deal could also include the Dodgers taking the remainder of Chase Utley’s contract off of their hands, with very little, if any, additional cost in prospects.

  10. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Just read Badger’s comments that were obviously posted while I was in the midst of writing mine above. And I don’t disagree with him. The Phillies, like any team, are going to ask for more than they’re willing to accept, if only to see if they can get it. Depends on how many suitors they have for Lee’s services, and what those teams are offering.

    Seager is probably several years away, and like I said before, I don’t know how many, if any, prospects that can play 3B the Dodgers have hidden in the Dominican Republic or elsewhere. And I don’t know exactly what the Dodgers think of Seager. But if they think very highly of him, then yes, probably no deal if he’s included. But because he’s hitting well in low-A ball doesn’t tell me an awful lot, but it may say a lot to the Dodgers.

    Not having for the most part seen Seager, Pederson, and Zach Lee, I can’t say for certain whether or not I would pull the trigger. So yes, I’ll sit on the fence on this one, if only because I think, if the opportunity presents itself, there is risk either way.

  11. Badger says:

    Who will give the Phillies 3 top prospects AND give them salary relief?

    They can ask for it, but the team that gives in to that will be taking a serious risk. For my money I give up an outfield prospect because we have plenty there. I give our Lee for their Lee because their Lee could bring us a Championship THIS year. After that, you want Seager you have to pay.

  12. Badger says:

    Kennedy getting squared up early.

  13. Quasimodo says:

    Let him go to the Madres

  14. Jae says:

    I would give Lee, Reed and Pederson for Lee. No Seager!

  15. Bobby says:

    I know we think we have unlimited funds (and maybe we do)

    But I wonder what budget management is thinking over the next few years. We clearly added a ton of payroll last year (and Greinke this year), but we did it to bridge the gap between now and 2016.

    Management knows as some of the higher priced guys go, kids will be ready to take their place, and we’ll always have that balance of inexpensive talented youth with proven paid vets.

    Management knows Kersh is going to be making Cliff Lee money. Do they want $75 mil or so tied up to their top 3 starters per year for the next 2.5 years?

    If we do get Lee, you can bet your butt that Crawford or Ethier is gone this offseason, so that their salary loss can be offset by Lee’s addition. Don’t forget that next year, Beckett and Bills also will make a combined $27 mil or so, and they might not even have a starting job!!

    As much as I’d love Lee, I wonder when budget considerations start to take place.

  16. Michael says:

    As Good as it Gets


  17. Voldomer says:

    Very successful debut tonight for Steve Ames with the Fish. Congrats Dave.

    Mark, I hope you are feeling better.

  18. Quasimodo says:

    Uh huh, Mark Ellis!

  19. Bobby says:

    Another playoff type win

  20. the truth hurts says:

    oh my god that felt so fricken good………..that was better than sex right there

  21. Badger says:

    Very successful Voldy? He got one out and was gone. Ok, I guess an out is better than not an out. I’m sure Dave is proud and celebrating with several adult beverages.

    A’s make a move. You know what might be very cool but would cause MLB and 99% of baseball America to gag? A Pittsburgh Oakland World Series.

  22. Bill Russell says:

    I like the idea of a Oakland – Dodger World Series better.

    What a great win that was last night. Greike kept us in the game and Juan hit a shot into the second level. Juan looked like he cork screwed himself into the batters box as he swung and connected on an 0-2 pitch. Vin is still amazed at all the 0-2 pitches that are still left hanging over the plate and said that pitchers used to be fined when that happened. Andy was on his game and hitting his spots so he was very surprised that he coughed that one up to Juan. Mark Ellis still plays stellar defense with timely hitting. It appears that even our weak links are contributing to the wins. This is a huge turn around from a team that McCord had a few years ago to this exciting team that we have today. Great time to be a Dodger fan…………….

  23. Badger says:

    “I like the idea of a Oakland – Dodger World Series better.”

    Don’t we all. I am sure MLB would prefer LA Boston.

    Have to admit I am surprised and pleased by Ellis’ play. Hope he lasts til the end of the season. Sure would like to see Utley give him some rest. I jusr read Kendrick is “still in play”. Probably not for us though.

    Any predictions on Lee? I’ll take a shot….. the Phillies will not get what they have been asking for.

    You know what else is really cool? Looking at the NL West standings and seeing the midgets in last place. Hope the season ends exactly the way it reads right now. But, like I mentioned over a month ago, the standings now will not be what the standings will be next month. That is just the nature of Major League Baseball.

  24. Voldomer says:

    Sure, I consider a flawless MLB debut–even if short–to be very successful.

    • Badger says:

      OK. Steve Ames got an out. I really don’t care.

      Peavy moved, but stayed in the AL. I suppose that’s fine by me. Lee still sitting there.

      With the success of the Dodgers current squad, do we really NEED to make a move? If the right one comes along, ok. But this team is working just fine.

  25. Bobby says:

    I find it amazing that we’ve gained like 21 games on sf the past 35 days or so. I also love it. F them.

    The beauty now is that, not only are we 3.5 games up on az, but w’ere also now within 4-6 games from Atl and Pitt/StL for the NL best record.

    4 hours to go; let’s see what happens by trade deadline

  26. Quasimodo says:

    The best news I got on this day is Vin Scully might remain beyond this year. Having Vin is more important than any trade could bring. What a void it’ll create when he hangs up the mic.

  27. Bball says:

    Gotta agree with that quas. Where did u read that. Awesome

  28. Quasimodo says:

    Words from his own mouth, via interview @ TBLA.

  29. the truth hurts says:

    Agreed Quas, Vin back is music to my hears. We will miss him when he is gone, some probably don’t realize that yet. He is a true legend.

  30. Badger says:

    This is interesting:

    I think I agree with ebbetsfld on this. Keep Fife at Albu and wait for Capuano to blow up again. My bet is it happens. I kind of like the 6 man rotation rotation idea Mattingly talks about – IF we are in a position in August/September to do that. Giving our aces some time off in the heat of summer is never a bad idea.

  31. Watford Dodger says:

    Angels won’t trade Kendrick or anyone with us.
    A deal for Utley or Lee or both would really make us strong and as Phillie are out of things and really need some new younger blood would make sense as we are about the only club that could take on both payrolls.

  32. Badger says:

    “rotation rotation” – that’s when you rotatively rotate your rotating rotation. It’s a science rotary thing.

  33. Davey Lopes says:

    Leave the comedy to the professionals, lol, or at least be funny, lol.

    Man we sure do miss Kemp, coincidence or consequence? Ah never mind, I’m sure someone will find a way to twist what I wrote and manipulate it to fit their agenda.

    The naysayers of Mark Ellis, where you be? I’ve always liked the guy, always thought he was a pretty good 2B, always thought he handled the bat well. Check, check, check. Never thought he was just a role player, quality and steady is he.

    Ethier surge due to Puig surge. Ethier has never been a lead man, he has always been a complementary player. If the team is going good he gets in on the good going, if the team is going poorly he gets in on the poor going. He’ll always been that kind of player, his whole career there have been questions about his mental make-up, once again those facts bear out, this season is a snapshot of both the good and bad of Ethier.

  34. Badger says:

    “Leave the comedy to the professionals, lol, or at least be funny, lol.”

    Got 2 lol’s out of you………. by the way…. lol is kinda lame in that context, isn’t it?

    Ellis is playing well, but, let’s not go overboard with it. His numbers are no where near the top in ML second basemen (20th). My prediction about Mark Ellis was around .265 .325 OBP and an OPS under .700 .700. I also figured he wouldn’t play in more than 120 games. I could be wrong about all of that. We’ll see at the end of the year. But I do not recall you predicting anything Mr. Lopes. Perhaps you prefer to stay in the shadows and leap out when all is going well?

    And I don’t agree with all you said about Ethier. He has always been a streak hitter, and has been very consistent in his end year numbers for a few years now. He has averaged between 1.9 and 3.2 WAR for four years, with a 1.7 and 2.2 before that. Yes, you could say he is not a leader, but, that has never been his role on this team.

  35. Watford Dodger says:

    Utley in contract extension talks to keep him a Phillie for life.
    Oh well.

  36. DRomo says:

    Utley breaks down too often. No thank you. Besides he isn’t what he used to be anyway.

    I think I agree with Badger, we don’t really “need” anything.

    Tweaks here and there maybe. For depth. But keep in mind we are adding power soon: Kemp will be back. He will be crucial down the stretch. Count on it. The freak injuries (believ it or not) have probably been a blessing g to his shoulder that weren’t healthy anyway.

  37. Badger says:

    Phillies are all talk. I hope they finish last.

  38. Watford Dodger says:

    Dromo your right. Having Kemp back is almost like adding a new player to the roster as he hasn’t really been a factor at all this season. If he comes back hitting then great. Our subordinate players – Ellis, Ellis, Uribe, Schu have done great but it’s the Allstars that we need to get the job done. Crawford must be fresh due to his time off. Same goes for Hanley and obviously Kemp when he comes back. Hopefully we can give Agon & Ethier a blow to freshen them up for the final charge. Also we could do with SVS warming up again as he could be useful off the bench down the stretch.

  39. Watford Dodger says:

    F##k me The Padres have traded for our mate Ian Kennedy.
    Have the Dirtbags conceded?

  40. Quasimodo says:

    There’s one thing that #’s don’t mention when it comes to Mark Ellis. Mark Ellis is probably the most unselfish Dodger on the team. His AB’s are of design to the situation FOR the team. He’s not up to just get wood on the ball.

  41. Badger says:

    No W. Kennedy has pissed Gibson off all year. I think Gibby has just seen enough. Kennedy sucks.

  42. Bobby says:

    Mark Ellis is playing well. We can also supplement him with Hairston, Shu, Punto, etc as needed. I’d leave him be for the rest of the year; I really do trust him to play solidly in the playoffs for us.

    However, he’s a free agent to be, and if we don’t sign this Alexander Guerrero guy from Cuba, I’d be more than happy if we acquired Howie Kendrick to play 2b in 2014 and forward.

  43. Watford Dodger says:

    I bow to your wisdom on this Badger as I know you see a lot of D’ backs games but I’ve always been quite impressed with Kennedy when I’ve seen him.

  44. DRomo says:

    So with Kennedy in SD now, do we only have to fight one team?

    Say no to Howie Kendrick. I think he is a fine player but I like the idea of Guerrero better. He will be younger more years under control, plus other reasons but mostly he is younger.

  45. Badger says:

    Kennedy might pitch ok in that big park W. but he has been terrible this year. I have seen Gibson pulling out what little hair he has left with Ian on the mound. The dbacks have some good young pitching. What they need to, and I hope they don’t, is hit better.

    I haven’t heard the Dodgers mentioned all day.

    I was hoping for upgrades at second and third but certainly can live with this team as is.

  46. DRomo says:

    What an exciting trade deadline day. Makes me wish I had been more productive at the office today…… LOL

  47. Davey Lopes says:

    Dodgers are actually in pretty good shape, overall and a dope fiend trade isn’t necessary. Good starting pitching or at least good enough for the regular season and then a very solid 1,2 & 3 definitely great for post-season. Biggest weakness is still the bullpen, lately been good but I’m not confident that can hold.

    Got 2 lol’s out of you………. by the way…. lol is kinda lame in that context, isn’t it?

    For a guy that has a lack of humor or creativity, you should be glad I threw you a bone. What’s great is the things you think are serious takes are actually your funniest material. Your attempt at humor are NEVER funny. So enjoy a few LOLs while you can, your world is LOL-less.

  48. Bobby says:

    Ned with another steal:

    The Dodgers acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Twins, tweets ESPN’s Jayson Stark. The Twins will receive a player to be named later or cash.

    Butera, 29, appeared in two games for the Twins this year. At Triple-A, he has a .229/.258/.325 line in 90 plate appearances. He missed a chunk of time this season with a broken left pinkie finger. He’ll provide organizational depth at catcher, notes Yahoo’s Tim Brown. Drafted by the Mets in the fifth round in 2005, Butera was traded to the Twins in the July 2007 Luis Castillo deal. He’s earning $700K this year as a first-time arbitration eligible player. The Dodgers already had an open spot on their 40-man roster to accommodate Butera.

  49. Watford Dodger says:

    I think we have a good 1234 – Nolasco has impressed me.

  50. Davey Lopes says:


    We may have a good 1234, but in the playoffs, 4s never get a start, barring injury. 4s become relievers.

    Compared to most teams, we actually have a pretty good 12345, Capajuana is good when he hits his spots and has his stuff, he is a BP pitcher when he isn’t on his game. He’s feast or famine, which is typically of #5s. So overall, we have enough SP to get it done in the regular season.

  51. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    If Kemp can find his old form, or even something approaching it, then his return will amount to adding an impact bat. And DRomo, I too had been thinking that maybe Kemp’s recent injury was a blessing in disguise in that it afforded him extra time to get his shoulder in shape. It occurred to me last night how good it would have been to have Kemp’s righthanded bat in the lineup against the lefthanded Pettitte. And that could be the case against lefthanded pitching the rest of the way. And if the Dodgers should happen to find themselves in the World Series it would be nice to have an extra bat to DH.

    And add Crawford as another impact player if he can manage to remain in the lineup for the rest of the season.

    I’m mostly happy with this team as is, and it’s always possible that waiver moves will be made in the coming month.

    Mark Ellis has done a nice job since he’s been with the Dodgers, and if he doesn’t wear down the rest of the year, he’s a nice piece to have, if not an impact piece. But overall he’s a complementary player whose value lies in his ability to act as complement to more impactful players like Hanley, Kemp (when he’s healthy), Crawford (when he’s healthy), Agon, Ethier and Puig. It would have been nice to have Utley, but who knows how he would have taken to a part-time role if it had come to that.

    Clearly the Dodgers don’t have much catching talent in their system that’s anything close to big league ready, so the Butera acquisition probably makes sense for when rosters expand in September. This probably isn’t good news to Matt Wallach, but I doubt if anyone’s surprised. And the Brian Wilson signing could still turn out to be a big plus, or not. We’ll know more about that within the next 2-3 weeks.

  52. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I agree with Davey about Capuano, and the pitching in general. Capuano has been “feast or famine” this year, but who’s to say that he won’t gain more consistency if he gets consistent work. And then there’s his history with bad second halves. His lack of accumulated innings this year probably precludes that, and perhaps he can be strong both as a starter, and also in the pen if Fife returns, and is effective.

  53. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    SVS is back again, at least until Matt Kemp comes off the DL.

  54. Quasimodo says:

    I just hope Kemp is near ready when he’s activated in a week. Pretty likely they’ll ease him in after. he started hitting off a tee yesterday, but that ain’t running, and running is what concerns me the most with Kemp. Wish I could see it as a blessing and hope that’s so, but…..

  55. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Quas, I could understand why Kemp’s ankle injury would not be seen as a blessing in disguise. And I made that comment with some hesitation. However, if the ankle thing doesn’t leave any lingering effects, then hopefully the additional time away afforded him the opportunity to further rehab and strengthen his shoulder. And certainly I hope that if he returns as scheduled on August 6th, that he will be fully ready to go. It would be really nice to have a healthy and productive Matt Kemp down the stretch, and hopefully through the Fall.

  56. Quasimodo says:

    Oh I know. And I’m with you on that. Its just viewing that injury scares the holy-crap outta me. Even more scary is that Dodgers remain pretty mum addressing this topic. Maybe he is running at this stage. I can’t call it.

  57. Badger says:

    I see Hemmorrhoid is back. I knew he would not stay gone long.

    I don’t trust Capuano to give consistent outings. His numbers across the board are way up from last year. Yeah, he could settle in the rest of the way. I guess we will see because he is the #5 guy. With an ERA + of 79 (lowest in his career) and an ERA approaching 5, better just figure we will likely have to score plenty every 5th day.

    I hope Ellis lasts the rest of the way. 130 games is a lot for him.

    Wasn’t expecting any “dope fiend” moves, but, was expecting something. Never heard of the catcher we picked up. His numbers at AAA tell the story on the guy. Really? We have nobody in the system better than that?

  58. Dave says:

    Badger i see your up to the same ole snide comments, nothing new with you , and he would of pitched the 8th had we not scored 2 in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game, pitched the ninth tonight behind jose hernandez 8 inning 14 k and i might say one of the best starters in the bigs right now ck out the video on this 21 year old kid unreal stuff , steve k’d swisher in 4 pitches ,a ground out in 3 pitches , and k’d the last guy in five he loves the young bunch , hes found a home. Badger take your damn vicoden would ya ! And badger i drink a beer very rarely its not my thing ok ya old hag ! the old bitter badger always spewing what he really is the hagmiester ! And for your information there breaking him in slow and he feels very comfortable in his new surroundings i like the bunch , there to be reckoned with next year you watch ! goodnight badger get some sleep so you can talk up that spending im enjoying following 2 clubs that haft to be smart ! if ya dont win it all somethings wrong !


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