- No longer junkyard dogs. That title was taken by the Cards and Red Sox.
- I told you months ago that Clayton Kershaw would get a contract around $300 million and most of you said I was crazy. How do you like me now after this report from ESPN?
The Los Angeles Dodgers offered left-hander Clayton Kershaw essentially a lifetime contract in the range of $300 million — “an A-Rod deal” — earlier this season, according to a source with knowledge of its scope and structure.
The two sides were unable to finish negotiations, sources say, because Kershaw was initially uncertain about committing to a deal so encompassing, and about having contract talks during the season.
But the negotiations progressed enough that there is confidence among some with knowledge of the talks that a long-term deal — perhaps more conservative in length than the massive contract initially proposed by the Dodgers — will be concluded this winter, with a significant portion of money being devoted to a charity of Kershaw’s choosing.
- I have also said that Yasiel Puig has more talent than I have ever seen in a player, but I would also trade him even up for Giancarlo Stanton. My rationale is the Puig may very well implode (many overly talented players do) or he may go on to be a superstar, but this is a once-on-a-lifetime opportunity. A deal like this won’t last. The Marlins need a Cuban National to help draw fans and the Dodgers need a power bat. As much as I love Puig’s potential, I would do that deal in a heartbeat. The known for the unknown. I also see Puig as an injury problem going forward. I love him, but I would trade him even up for Stanton. By the way – I have no problem with his enthusiasm and it is not lost on me that he was the Dodgers leading hitter during the playoffs, even if he tailed off in the Cardinal Series. I see Puig as one wall away from a career-ending injury or a guy who might not stay on the “straight and narrow.” I loved watching him and it’s a tough decision to trade him, which means that it probably won’t happen. Remember this post three years from now…
- I really can see the Dodgers trading Kemp and Ethier. Ethier has a new-found attitude and might flourish in another system. I love Matt Kemp, but I see injury issues the rest of his career. It’s not just one thing: it’s a shoulder, hamstring, ankle, etc. If the Dodgers could get a 3B, 2B or starting pitcher and/or prospects, I would do that deal.
- Crawford is untradable, but can be solid as a #2 hitter which is why I like Choo in CF and leadoff. Ethier and Kemp would have to be traded to make room for Kershaw’s $300 million and Hanley’s extension as well as Choo’s contract.
- Some of you ask why not sign Ricky Nolasco? I’ll give you $50 million reasons why. That’s the deal he will get. The Dodgers have too many arms to do that. Volquez is worth a one-year deal. Billingsley and Beckett will be back at some point and Lee and Stripling are close. Fife and Magill are organizational depth.
- I don’t think Hanley is ready to give up shortstop yet (Happy Hanley = MVP), but if he were, I would consider moving him the opposite direction to 2B, not 3B. He’s a worse 3B than a SS. Then the Dodgers could go after a defensive SS. Ethier for Profar?
- It would be great to get Brian Wilson back, but someone will give him $20+ million for 3 years which would not be a wise thing for the Dodgers. The Dodgers have a lot of live arms in the minors. Forget the retreads – go with the youngsters. It worked for the Cards.
- J.P. Howell will likely be gone too, unless he wants to take a little less to stay in LA. It’s possible his best days are behind him now…
- Uribe could be a 1-year player, but I think he would want more years. Uribe was re-born under Big Mac and may produce as well as 2013, but I can see Corey Seager coming on the scene in 2015. He’s going to fly through the organization.
- Punto and Schumaker could be back – I think they would keep the clubhouse loose.
- What to do with Dee Gordon? I would switch him to CF. He has a good arm and the speed to cover it. He’ll never be a shortstop.
- Lots of questions, lots of directions to go. It will be fun to watch.
- Finally, Shane Victorino hit a Grand Slam to propel the Red Sox to the World Series. The Sox dumped their payroll on the Dodgers and signed or traded for junkyard dogs like Shane, Mike Napoli, David Ross, Ryan Dempster, Jake Peavy, Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew – superstars none! The Dodgers payroll of $216 million got them close, but the Red Sox only spent $154 million and the Cardinal only spend a meager $116 million. Buying superstars in not the way to win it all. I have been saying that for years. I loved the run, but I still feel a little shame in that the Dodgers outspent the Cardinals by $100 million and couldn’t beat them. The solution is not to buy guys like Cano. The solution is to grow your own… and don’t put it all on McCourt. The new mangaement has also gutted the farm. They are working hard to fix it, but outlandish spending is not the road map to success. There’s merit in the suggestion that the Dodgers don’t have the right culture and coaches in their minor league system.
- How about signing James McDonald (FA) and convert him to a reliever like I told you 5-years ago, Ned?
- Congratulations to the Red Sox and Cardinals – They did it the right way. I just don’t think you can cheat the baseball gods.
- I do feel a little conflicted about tonight’s NFL football game.