As you all know, I do not like “THE TRADE.” I like Adrian Gonzalez but Josh Beckett and especially Crawford are boat anchors, in my opinion. Carl Crawford has a weak arm, is highly injury prone and inherently unreliable… and he can’t play CF. Maybe CC can go to the AL and DH (that’s a story for the off-season), but as soon as Matt Kemp comes back, Carl is the Dodgers’ 4th outfielder.
Andre Ethier, while not spectacular, has proven durable and has also shown he can play a credible CF in Kemp’s absence. In the short term, Carl Crawford needs to accept his role – and I think he will. He’s a good guy. He’s just become highly injury prone as he’s aged (think Nomar Garciaparra – how did that end up?). With the right mindset he can be a weapon off the bench in the playoffs.
Ethier needs to be on the team, this year and next. Yes, he has trouble with lefties, so SVS can platoon with him, but Andre will get 400+ AB’s and he’s CF insurance. Maybe Andre will never be what we once thought, but he’s a solid piece and he’s there almost everyday. That is key.
Think about this too – Brandon League and Chris Capuano may not be on the playoff roster. I like the Edison Volquez acquisition. It’s low-risk, high-reward. This guy was once very good. Maybe he just needs a taste of Honey (cutt) and a change of scenery. He could be a long-reliever in the playoffs.
When Matt Kemp get back next week (YES, next week), I would stack the lineup like this, so as to knock out the other team early:
- Puig RF
- Kemp CF
- Gonzalez 1B
- Ramirez SS
- Ethier LF
- Ellis C
- Ellis 2B
- Uribe 3B
So much for the “lack of hitting disease” being back. I think Donnie uses my blog to motivate the team!
Local Radio Talk Show in Indy: “I see that Fat Broxton had arm surgery. Maybe if he was in better shape he could throw better by not having to pitch around the fat!”