In the beginning, there was the plan, and then came the assumptions and the assumptions were without form and the plan was completely without substance and the darkness was upon the faces of the employees and they spake amongst themselves, saying “It is a crock of $hit and it stinks!” and the employees went unto their supervisors, saying “It is a pail of dung and none may abide the odor thereof.” and the supervisors went unto their division managers, saying “It is a vessel of fertilizer and none may abide its strength.” and the division managers went unto their system managers, saying “It contains that which aids plant growth and it is very strong.” and the general manager went unto the Board, saying “It promotes growth and is very powerful.” and the general manager went unto the Board, saying “This new plan will actively promote the growth and efficiency of this organization.” and the Board looked upon the plan and saw that it was good and the Plan became Policy This is how $hit happens. So here we go:
Acquisition #1: I believe that it is likely that Jacoby Elsbury will be offered too much money for Boston this winter. The Yankees woulod love to have him. That means that they will have a hole to fill in their outfield. I have a solution: Andre Ethier, who could be re-united with his best friend, Dustin Pedroia. That could re-energize Andre. Who would the Dodgers get in return? Will Middlebrooks, who also had a disappointing year. Both players could benefit from a change of scenery and Middlebrooks will be 28 at the end of next year, so he’s worth a chance. There’s the possibility the Dodgers might have to throw in some cash, but so be it! Middlebrooks has upside even after his bad season in 2013.
Acquisition #2: If Hanley Ramirez agrees to move to 3B, NO… if Hanley Ramirez “EMBRACES” a move to 3B, then I would do this: Carl Crawford and Chris Withrow to the Rangers for Elvis Andrus. Again, maybe some cash has to go to Texas.
Acquisition #3: Sign Choo. It goes against my idea of getting younger, but a .400+ OB% from a leadoff hitter sets the table.It’s going to take $100+ million over 5 years to get it done. Get it done.
Acquisition #4: Get Tanaka! The posting fee doesn’t count toward the salary sap, so if the Dodgers have to pay $100 million that’s OK. Get it done!
That’s it. Done!
- Choo LF
- Andrus SS
- Ramirez 3B
- Gonzalez 1B
- Kemp CF
- Puig RF
- Guerrero 2B (60-days will tell if he’s major-league ready. If he’s not ready, put Middlebrooks at 3B and play Hanley at 2B)
- Ellis C
- Van Slyke
- Pick one: Billingsley, Beckett, Fife, Volquez, Stripling, Lee
- I’d love to have Wilson back at the right price.
- DFA League
- I’d consider Mike Young if he could adapt to pinch hitting
- Maybe Marmol?
- The Dodgers would be silly to give up a lot of prospects, including Seager for David Price – I say NO!