I can almost guarantee that the Dodgers roster as it now stands will greatly change before the end of the season. It appears to me that the Dodgers acquired Beckett and Crawford in order to get Adrian Gonzalez. They had the money and I think Gonzo has been a good thing and he likely will continue for another two or three years. Crawford and Beckett are another issue.
It has been Ned Colletti’s predilection to acquire aging players, especially pitchers – Jason Schmidt, Derek Lowe, Aaron Sele, Greg Maddux, Brett Tomko, Elmer Dessens, Takashi Saito, Giovanni Carerra, Mark Hendrickson, Hiroki Kuroda, Esteban Loaiza, Tanyon Sturtzem Scott Proctor, Randy Wolf, Jeff Weaver, Guillermo Mota, George Sherrill, Claudio Vargas, Will Ohman, Ted Lilly, Vincenete Padilla, Russ Ortiz, Ramon Ortiz, Mike MacDougal, Matt Guerrier, Joe Blanton, Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano, Jamey Wright, Todd Coffey, Brian Wilson, Brandon League, Paul Maholm and Dan Haren. He also has a penchant for acquiring ex-Giants, but right about now the Dodgers have several very old or very bad or very shaky pitchers like Wright (39), Beckett (34), Haren (33), Wilson (32), Maholm (32) and League (31) who are blocking younger stronger-armed pitchers like Dominguez, Withrow, Rodriguez and even guys like Red Patterson.
The roster needs to change – some contracts must be eaten – young blood mixed with experience will win this thing.
- Dominguez over Wilson
- Paco over Beckett
- Magill or Fife over Wright
- Pederson over Crawford
- Guerrero over Figgins
- Martin over League
- Arruebarrena over Turner
- Scioscia over Mattingley (OK, wait- that won’t happen)
The Dodgers could get younger in a hurry and they need to. Age and experience are good and all that, but don’t sprinkle in too many of those old guys, Ned!