… not because they will be out of the race, but for two reasons:

  1. They have a plethora of starters IF  (BIG IF) they all stay healthy; and
  2. If they stay healthy, this is the Dodgers chance to get younger.

I have not been a huge Zach Lee fan, but he showed me something yesterday – he can play up to his competition.  I now think he can be a good middle to back of the rotation starter, so if the Big Three stay healthy and one more, that mean the Dodgers could trade some of the following pitchers for top prospects:

  • Josh Beckett – If he regains his form, some team could use him down the stretch;
  • Chad Billingsley – If healthy, he could command a couple of Top Prospects;
  • Dan Haren – See Josh Beckett; or
  • Paul Malholm – I have a feeling a team might pay a lot for a lefty after the break.

By trading two or three of those pitchers (again, if they are healthy), the Dodgers could slot Zach Lee in the #5 spot… and get 100 years younger in the process, while upgrading the farm.  Let’s not forget that the Dodgers still have Matt Magill, Red Patterson, Stephen Fife and others at the ready too.   There is a lot of time left, but I am always looking forward.  In the playoffs the fifth starter is often irrelevant, so losing 2 or 3 of the 4 pitchers mentioned above would not be a huge deal.   It will be a sellers market then… it always is!  It’s a logjam now, but no one can predict what will happen.

Rants & Raves:

  • Brandon League will take years off of Mattingly’s life – Ned needs to help Don out!
  • Guggenheim and Company have to fork over almost Two Billion of the Eight Billion they got for their TV rights to MLB.  They thought it would be a lot less, but there was no wiggle room.  That’s approximately $40,000,000 a year.  That took a lot of profit which means they might not be able to continue with exorbitant payrolls.    It will produce an impact – to be determined!
  • 2B is Guerero’s to lose and Dee Gordon needs to start hitting to make the team.  Chone Figgins is a lock (yes I see his BA, but he’s a lock)!
  • I read about Hanley Ramirez going to 3B and I think it’s a bad place for him to play.  In two years, he should go to LF, not 3B!
  • Yasiel Puig only knows one way to play – Damn the torpedoes, Full speed ahead!
  • Manny Ramirez is still looking for a job.  Seriously?  Try McDonald’s Manny – they can use a person of your skills!

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  1. Michael says:

    I find it odd that Guerrero isn’t getting reps at 2nd. He plays in both games today but Figgins and Gordon get the call for the 2 bag.
    If Clayton blows up tomorrow, do they leave him in Glendale? The trip down under is in a week, Yikes!

  2. Bob says:

    Kershaw gave up 4 ER in 5 innings last spring in his third start. Too early to be overly concerned.

    DFA League, trade Rosin, if he has one more good outing today, before opening day and keep Maholm.

    Trading starters, going young, and winning the World Series, all in 2014, would make Ned the only candidate for GM of the Century Award.

    If Stripling had not gotten injured I actually would have considered the going young idea during 2014.

  3. Mark_Timmons says:

    Gordon and Guerrero both have 18 AB’s while Figgins has 17. The Dodgers are taking it slow with everyone, which they should.

    Insofar as Rosin: It’s way early, but he looks promising. If they want him, I’m sure they can find a player to trade.

    There is no “BOOK” on him so he should have the hitters at a disadvantage for a while.

  4. Badger says:

    A lot of guys aren’t hitting.

    I still have Guerrero starting with Gordon and Turner on the bench. Ethier and SVS and a lot of good pitching and tee it up.

  5. Badger says:

    I think I just heard Colletti say McGwire has his guys take 200 swings a day. Dang. That’s 100 more than I usta recommend. I’ll have to update my advice.

  6. Roger Dodger says:

    Anyone else a little concerned about AJ Ellis hitting .071 ???

    There is nothing behind him if he continues that pace. Yeh, I know, it is only Spring Training.

  7. Voldomer says:

    I’m surprised that some think Guerrero is in the lead for the second base position. Everything I hear (and see) implies otherwise. It is Gordon’s spot to lose for now.

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