I just signed off on it, leaving it up to Ned Colletti to complete the deal. No, it’s not Cliff Lee and it’s not John Lackey. It’s also not Jon Lester because while he could be persuaded to stay in LA, there is no guarantee he wouldn’t go back to Boston.
The deal I have approved is for the Dodgers to trade Joc Pederson, Julio Urias, Pedro Baez and Chris Reed to the Phillies for Cole Hamels. I will grudgingly give up Pederson and Urias for 4 years of Hamels. Corey Seager cannot be traded under any circumstances. A Dodger official likened him to Cal Ripken (GASP!) this week. Yes, THAT Cal Ripken!
I would like to figure out how to get Andere Ethier in the deal too (Philly could use another bat), but the Dodgers might have to pay too much, so I approved the deal as is.
It is painfully apparent to me that Dan Haren and Josh Beckett are mere shells of what they can be or used to be. The Dodgers can get by with a Black Hole at #5 but not with a Black Hole at #4 AND #5. The pen was outstanding last night and I believe there are prospects within the organization to fill any holes there. In fact, I would let Red Patterson be the #5 if necessary. Try it – you might like it!
Haren and Beckett only cost about $27 million this year and the Dodgers got 14 wins out of them, so a win costs about $2 million – that’s what it averages, I guess. Cheap at twice the price!
Now, we can see why I have never wanted to get rid of Kemp. The Bison is back!
I think the Dodgers believe Scott Elbert will clear waivers – I wouldn’t be so sure. The last time I checked he was left-handed!
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