Posted on 25 November 2013.
- Those of you who thought the Cardinals had interest in Stephen Drew haven’t been paying attention. The Cardinal way is to get draft picks, not give them up. There was no chance the Cards would have went after Stephen Drew when Jhonny Peralta was available without losing a pick. The Cards might have to give up a pick who could be could be Michael Wacha with that pick. They will give Peralta a multi-year deal, even though he is not as good defensively as Drew, because they have perspective. Players taken in the first round have a strong probability of becoming excellent players. If you want to build from within, you never and I mean NEVER give up a pick… UNLESS you are getting First Round draft pick quality back, and there’s not much likelihood of that.
- The Dodgers are taking a lesson from the Cards (I hope) and will refuse to be so stupid as to go after aging Robinson Cano. The Dodgers weren’t in on David Freeze because they didn’t have a Peter Bourjos to trade to the Cards. Bourjos will flourish with the Cards and Matt Carpenter will move to 3B. The Cards will be all in next year too, because they never stop re-loading. They don’t give up those picks. I am sure the Dodgers realize that it’s better to overpay for a guy like Peralta rather than surrender a pick!
- Badger sent me a suggestion that we might trade Ethier to the Red Sox for Garin Cecchini whom I like. I always felt that Cecchini or Xander Bogaerts would be the Red Sox 3B, making Middlebrooks available. Actually, I would trade Ethier for Middlebrooks or Cecchini. Garin is a top-of-the order hitter who has a great arm. I think he can steal 20-30 bases as well. He may be a year away…
- I read the interview Chad Moriyama had with Corey Seager who says he is a SS. Of course he is… and may be. Time will tell. I would do that deal. The problem is, Boston will want the Dodgers to pay a substantial amount of Andre’s salary! I’d get tired of paying people to play elsewhere. I don’t know about you.
- I like Dan Haren for one year. Can’t hurt even though we have Beckett and Bills. Haren wasn’t happy on the East Coast. I think he could be a fine addition since he is from the LA area and has two young kids.
- I still think the Dodgers will be all in for Tanaka!