You can’t really blame the guy – we’d probably all do the same thing because $10 million dollars does a lot for your family. Dan Haren has a vesting option for another $10 million dollar contract if he gets to 180 innings this season. He now has 126.2 innings under his belt and at the rate he is able to stay in the game he won’t make the vesting option. Worse yet, he doesn’t give the Dodgers a chance to win any game. He is obviously concealing injuries to both his back and arm. Look at his mechanics – he doesn’t throw like he used to. He’s compensating. I don’t blame him for not telling. It’s a business, but the Players Association will likely pitch a fit if the Dodgers release him, which is what they should do.
Josh Beckett is just as shot. This is where the cavalry rides in and saves the day, isn’t it. The Dodgers have always had a few pitchers at AA or AAA that they could bring up, but truthfully, the system is decimated and you can’t blame it all on McCourt. Nathan Eovaldi, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Ethan Martin and others are all live arms traded by Guggs and Company. Here’s why I fault Guggenheim – they traded the farm for oldsters like Crawford, Beckett, Ramirez and Gonzalez which made them sign pitchers like Haren, Wilson and Perez because they gutted the farm. If they hadn’t been hell-bent on making that big splash, they could have simply outbid everyone for the likes of Abreu, Cespedes and Tanaka and would have been MUCH BETTER RIGHT NOW!
Cespedes and Abreu are guys that play everyday – they don’t breakdown like Ramirez and Crawford. I still say the trade (to Boston) was stupid, and the price the Dodgers pay is Maholm, Haren, Beckett, Perez, Wilson and Crawford – all boat anchors! The Dodgers made the trades for the right reasons – but they were reactionary, not carefully planned out.
As was pointed out yesterday, if you want to grow the farm, you have to stop gutting it… and it has to start now. If Cole Hammels becomes available, it is highly unlikely the Dodgers would be able to claim him as someone else would, but if they could, I would only offer money and older players. Stop the bleeding and grow the team by the draft, free agents and international signings… and release Dan Haren!
Now, all may not be lost. It’s possible there is a pitcher or three at Albuquerque who can start for the Dodgers, but you can’t look at their stats and determine that. I’d start with Red Patterson – he’s nothing more than a #5 (maybe not even that), but it’s time to find out. Garcia, even Lee need a look-see. It seems likely that Maholm could be out too. It’s time to call in the cavalry…. wherever and whoever they may be! Chris Reed, anyone?
Corey Seager is still batting .333 at AA Chatt! He is OPS’ing 1.044. Look for him at a Ravine near you before the ALL-STAR BREAK NEXT YEAR!