You can forget about the Dodgers ever DFA’ing Andre Crawford or Carl Ethier. Wait! Did I get the two of them confused? Oh well, with Crawford hitting .233 and Ethier at .245 it’s easy to confuse them. $40 million doesn’t buy what it used to. I think someone could use Crawford and/or Ethier down the stretch and if the Dodgers paid 80% to 90% of their salary, they might get a mid-level prospect back…. or an overpaid starting pitcher. It still saves them a few million – that’s why there will be no DFA.
Alex Guerero has played LF, Joc Pederson can play LF and Scott Van Slyke can play LF. Yasiel Puig may never give up the CF spot for years, but when he’s injured (like last night), it’s nice to have a player who can actually play the position step in, like Joc Pederson, instead of a big lumbering guy (Scott Van Plodder)! Crawford and Ethier aren’t bad guys, but big contracts frequently make players who were hungry… well, satisfied.
If the Dodgers are resigned to eating payroll, I think one or both can be moved. It’s an awkward situation and it’s going to cost Guggenheim tens of millions, so I still say “THE TRADE” was stupid. I know hindsight is 20/20, but I was never down with the contract for Ethier. I supported Kemp’s contract – but, he’s a different kind of cat (‘er Bison) and I think he’s back to being an impact player. Andre never really was a star while Carl was only when he had wheels and youth on his side.
Bottom line: If the Dodgers added Alex Guerrero and Joc Pederson, I believe they would be better than they are with Ethier and Crawford. Someone will have egg on their face and crow in their mouths, and it could cost jobs, but that’s why Stan Kasten is the President. Make the tough decision, Stan.
Rants and Raves
- Matt Kemp continues to look like The Comeback Player of the Year.
- Jamey Wright has been a Godsend to this team. Every team needs a guy like him. I apologize for doubting you, Jamey!
- Corey Seager was 2-4 again with his 5th double since being sent to AA. He did commit his second error though. It appears he has figured out minor league pitching, so far (.349 BA, .867 OPS – I was wrong on the OPS posted yesterday – that was at RC). How will the Dodgers keep him down on the farm next year? He is on a fast track.
- Arrr is still suspended for a few more games. Then he’s at AAA.
- Someone asked yesterday why I though Beckett was through. Two reasons: (1) Watch him; and (2) he can’t pitch or work out between starts due to all his aches and pains, so he’s very limited.
- Urias – 4 IP, 2 Hits, 0 Runs, 1 BB, 6 K’s – he now has a 2.84 ERA at RC which is a hitters league. He will also be ready next year. You can’t hold him back. He will do even better at AA, which he might see THIS year!
- Dan Haren will be given one more chance – if he can’t pitch better, he will likely go on the DL.
- It will be interesting to see if Beckett can go 5 today – I would say the odds are against it.
- What a shot by Hanley – a Happy Ending aided by Strikeout Wilson!