Write This Down! What happens tonight – how Josh Beckett pitches – will greatly impact the Dodger farm system, because if Beckett pitches poorly, then Ned Colletti will likely feel the pressure to trade a prospect or three for a starting pitcher. On the other hand, if Beckett can go six and give up less than three runs, Ned may be inclined to fold. The Dodgers top three starters are as good as it gets, while lately, the bottom two have been about as bad as it gets.
I have a suggestion – put Dan Haren on the DL for about 3 weeks and let him rest his body. He will be pissed because it will cost him his vesting option, but he could win a World Series if he returns a month later refreshed. Call up Fife or Lee (I am not a fan, but give him a try) to take the fifth spot. That is assuming that Josh Beckett can give the team 6 productive innings. If not, all bets are off.
Matt Kemp looks comfortable in RF and unless overwhelmed, I would not trade him is a deal for Lester. I would trade Sweeney, Lee, Reed and Baez to the Red Sox for Miller and Lester or just three of the above-mentioned players for Miller and Lackey. Take it or leave it, Boston. Cliff Lee is toast – his arm is gone. Forgetaboutit!
Darwin Barney can EVOLVE (evolve, get it?) into a nice backup piece for the Dodgers. I like the deal, as insignificant as it is.
The fact of the matter is that the Dodgers need to be rid of Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier but cannot trade either one without paying 80% of their salaries. Crawford and Van Slyke will evidently platoon in left but Joc Pederson would be a better backup than Andre. Would the Red Sox take Ethier, Lee and Sweeney (plus $25 million) for Lackey and Miller? I would do that! They probably wouldn’t! Andre used to be a moody, sulking player, but has evolved into a solid citizen – he deserves to play – somewhere.
So I usually go to bed after Midnight, but was tired last night and since there was no game, I went to be at 11:00. At around 12 Midnight, my cell phone rings and my 15 year-old son says “Dad, Clayton Kershaw is on Jimmy Kimmel.” I case you missed it, here it is (in part):
- Scott Elbert is pitching very well…
- Guerrero again started in LF. What’s the plan, Stan?
Don’t watch this video. You won’t get the song out of your head. Besides, it’s pretty funny!