Then keep rolling him out there and his option for $10 million will vest with him, not the club. He hasn’t been horrible, but he’s been consistently hittable after a good April. I don’t think he can pitch out of the pen, so it’s one of two options: (1) DL; or (2) DFA. He needs 60-some innings and he’s got a new $10 million deal for next year. Do the Dodgers want that? I’m convinced that Haren’s stiff back is the source of his problems and it’s not going to get better.
Where’s Josh Beckett when you need him? Yeah, where is he? Can the Dodgers count on Beckett? I doubt it. Ryu is showing signs of fatigue, although he looked good his last start. Maholm looked good his last start, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high.
At first blush, it appears to me that the Phillies might be willing to part with Jonathan Paplebon and Cliff Lee. Lee is owed the remainder of his $25 million salary this year, $25 million next year and $12.5 million in 2016. He could be serviceable as a starter. Paplebon is owed $13 million next year plus the balance of this season. That’s $38 million is salaries.
Would Philly be willing to take Carl Crawford, Zach Lee, Chris Reed and Pedro Baez to dump $18 million a year of salary? Maybe, maybe not. It’s worth a try. Then how about sending Ethier to a contender for a reliever or prospect? I would like to see Van Slyke and Pederson more. Frankly, I am getting tired of Matt Kemp – the Dodgers could conceivably trade away their entire starting outfield of early last year. Wouldn’t that be wild?
Telling quote from Alex Halstead of MLB.com:
“I’m going to play center field again,” Kemp said as the Dodgers began the season’s second half Friday. “I’m going to play center field every day.”
Don Mattingly, when told Friday of Kemp’s belief that he remains a center fielder, was unmoved.
“That’s fine,” Mattingly said. “He can view himself however he wants. I’m playing him in left.”
Read between the lines – there is friction between Kemp and Mattingly!
How about this lineup?
- Gordon CF
- Ramirez SS
- Puig RF
- Gonzo 1B
- Van Slyke LF
- Pederson CF
- Uribe 3B
- Ellis C
The way these guys are hitting, I’d try anything!
- FedEx is tearing up AAA (.897 OPS).
- Guerrero played his 6th game at AZL