How Do Trades Happen?

So, when a General Manager makes a trade, they automatically go to their list of MLB’s TOP 100 Prospects and then check Baseball America’s TOP 100 Prospects.  Oh, and then they check all the articles that Keith Law, John Sickels,  Ben Badler and Will Carroll write about the player or players and then maybe the conversation goes something like this: “Hey wait, the Dodgers offered us a #29 and a…

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ANDREW FRIEDMAN and HIS 3-YEAR PLAN

Make no mistake…this IS Andrew Friedman’s team.  This is not to take anything away from the immense talents of Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes, Alex Anthopoulos, Gabe Kapler, or Billy Gasparino.  They help put Friedman’s vision into motion.  The Dodgers caught a lot of flak from fans because of the high FO cost.  But these are all outstanding baseball people, and why is it a problem having superior FO talent?  It…

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IS THERE AN EAST COAST BIAS IN BASEBALL COVERAGE?

… AND IF SO, HOW DOES IT EFFECT THE COVERAGE OF THE DODGERS? There are several sites that I routinely check daily (or several times per day) for coverage of the Dodgers – TrueBlueLA, Dodgers.com, Dodgers Insider, LADodgerTalk (of course), the ESPN.com Dodgers team page, and others. I also check out national sports news sites to see how the national sports press is covering the Dodgers, but am frequently confronted with…

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Andrew Friedman is Garbage!

From TrueBlueLA: Just because Dodgers are.doing well , people want to say Andrew Friedman has done a great job. Ive been someone who has been saying for a long time that he is an absolute horrible leader for this team. He runs this team like je ran his budget Marlins. Signing recalmation projects cheap, McCarthy , Anderson, avooding Big Name FA Scherzer, Cueto, Greinke, and more, and trades away promising farm system arms…

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Getting Ready for the Stretch Run – A Look at the Pitching

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Dodgers will be in the playoffs.  The Dodgers are now 9.5 games ahead of the D-Bags and 11.5 games ahead of the Rookies.  Neither team has the depth to come back.  However, right about now we should ask the question as to “Which players will play a role in that stretch run“?  If you look at the pitchers, it’s pretty clear that Romo,…

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The Clock is Ticking on Deals

The trade deadline is a little over two weeks away.  July 31st is the drop-dead date, but wait!  Is it really?  What would happen if the Marlins put Stanton on waivers in August?  Miami could just let anyone who put in a claim have him if they truly wanted to dump salary, so the question is:  If he isn’t traded before July 31st, would anyone put in a waiver claim…

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Midseason Dodger Prospect Report

Baseball America just released their Midseason Prospect Report and most notably, Cody Bellinger is no longer a prospect.  Go figure – I guess hitting 25 HR for the Dodgers does bad things to your prospect status. This time, the Dodgers have only four prospects in the Top 100. Willie Calhoun jumped from #92 to #73 – That’s what happens when you hit those long-balls. Yadier Alvarez dropped from #26 to…

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Maybe You Shouldn’t Fixate on Batting Average

Lots of old school baseball fans look at batting average as evidence of a player’s worth.  While not entirely wrong, batting average does not give a complete picture of a player’s value, much like temperature does not give a true indicator of comfort without humidity!  Batting average is a simple formula based upon the percentage of times a player gets a hit as compared to at-bats.  Who would you rather…

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A quick look at the last 30 games leading into the All Star Break

This post is by Bumsrap (not Mark Timmons).  Thank You, Bum! The Dodgers (61-29) enter the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and have won 26 of their last 30 games. The last 30 games is what finally separated the Dodgers from Arizona and Colorado; two teams that kept on winning with the Dodgers until they couldn’t. Here is a look at those 30 games and the players…

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