As usual, Plaschke has it wrong, but he ended up saying it right:
It is a huge gamble that offers a rare glimpse deep into the philosophy of an ownership group that might not share its fans’ championship desperation. On a day the Dodgers did nothing, their inaction said everything.
A new commenter (Doug Abbot) nailed it with this:
I didn’t read all of the posts – so, somebody may have beaten me to this. I think two factors (really just one) are involved in the disappearance of the Old Ned. First, Stan Kasten is really calling the shots and reining in Ned. Second, remember Stan’s pledge. Win now and build the farm system. The big Boston deal and others were for winning now. The reluctance to part with prospects is the “build the farm system”. Can’t build and gut at the same time!
It’s as simple at that. Fans may be desperate for a championship but the Dodgers proved to me that they are betting everything on the farm… and I am totally fine with that.
The Red Sox got a lot of value for Lester and Lackey – I mean they did very, very, good! But the Rays got ripped off on Price. They should have waited until the off-season.
I floated a lot of trades out there because I thought Ned would make some dope-fiend moves, but I’m glad he didn’t. If Haren and Beckett can’t cut it, we have Maholm, Reed, Lee and Patterson to try. Someone may step up when you least expect it!
Matt Kemp is in beast mode, Gonzo is awake and the Dodgers have enough reserves to stay the tide.
JP Howell won’t have a 1.33 ERA this year, but then again, maybe Perez and Wilson won’t be 5+ either. Things have a way of evening out.
I will tell you this: Over Clayton Kershaw’s past 62 games, he has the lowest ERA of any Dodger (including Koufax) over any 62 game stretch of their career. He didn’t have great stuff last night and still almost pitched a shutout.
The Dodger BIG THREE is still better than the Tigers, because Justin Verlander is no longer Justin Verlander. His arm is fixing to fall off!
It’s good to see no one took Elbert and he’s back at AAA.