I hope the Dodgers are done in the free agent market and with all trades. They are set. It’s not an ideal lineup, but what lineup is? Those of you who want an All-Star at every position are either Closet Yankee Fans or delusional. It ain’t happening. Guggs and Company has money, but they have to show a nice profit for their shareholders. Trades and Free Agents are not the way to do it. If they get stuck with the luxury tax, it will really rile their shareholders – that’s a bad thing to do to shareholders. They can bring you down… there are lots of precedents. Look it up!
I like the fact that the Dodgers are not continuing to spend indiscriminately and seem to be loathe to give up prospects or draft picks. That is a good thing!
They don’t need Ricky Nolasco, Mark Ellis, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, Ronald Belisario or for that matter, Carlos Marmol, J.P. Howell or any other high-priced free agents when they already have a plethora of those.
I think the Dodgers have more than enough to win… if healthy. Here’s the lineup:
- Crawford LF
- Ramirez SS
- Kemp CF
- Gonzalez 1B
- Puig RF
- Uribe 3B
- Guerrero 2B
- Ellis C
On the bench is Ethier (or Crawford or Kemp), Van Slyke (cut him some slack – he’s a nice role player), Fed-Ex, Sellers (super defensive sub), maybe Gordon (I have little confidence) or Pederson. Forget Micheal Young – Young Hungry Guys is what we need!
I am still worried that Clayton Kershaw wants to go to Texas, but we have him at least another year. The Dodgers don’t need more starters – they have plenty of options:
Of course, we have no idea how Guerrero will do, but the fact that the Dodgers thought enough to pay him what they did, tells me they have a lot of confidence in him. We will have to wait and see. Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu and Haren are excellent 1-4. Surely the Dodgers can get one more starter out of the rest.
Stay done. Stand down. Take this team to the Spring. The team is set. Don’t get greedy and don’t screw it up.