The Dodgers reportedly still have interest in Matt Garza of the Cubs. The question is: At what price? Garza is a very good pitcher – some regard him as a #2 or #3. With the Dodgers, he would probably be slotted at #4 right now. A rotation of Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Garza and Nolasco would be one of the best in baseball. If healthy, it would be hard to think they could not win it all.
That said, other teams are also after Garza and so the Dodgers will have to compete with them. I would think that Stephen Fife would be part of that deal, and maybe Capuano (with the Dodgers paying his salary). The Cubs will want a lot more than that – they will ask for Ross Stripling. To me, he’s the deal breaker. I would say no to Stripling being included in any deal.
Stephen Fife, Joc Pederson, Zach Lee and even Dee Gordon would be fine with me. Can the Cubs do better than that? We will know soon. I would think that the Dodgers want it to happen sooner, than later.
If Capuano is not part of the deal, he could be traded, as he has value. He could bring back a solid prospect, maybe even a reliever, or perhaps Cappy could be the situational lefty in the pen. Paco is more than a situational lefty. Cappy isn’t!
Here’s the final piece of the puzzle: What happens to Brandon League? The Dodgers can’t hide him on the roster anymore. There are only three choices:
- Release him and eat his contract;
- Put him on the DL with a hangnail; or
- Somehow get him to agree to go to to the minors for 20 days to work on his game.
The clock is ticking….
- That Zach Greinke is pretty good, isn’t he?
- Don’t dis Clayton Kershaw – let’s look at his stats compared to Greinke:
Last night’s game notwithstanding, Clayton Kershaw is clearly the Dodgers’ ace. His stats are eye-popping.