Have you noticed that a few certain fans like to bang on Friedman and Company about trading away Cotton, Montas, Holmes, De Leon, Peraza and Schebler but fail to mention anything of value FAZ has done?
ME: “Wow, Alex Wood is doing great!”
FAZ-BASHER: “Squirrel! That Rich Hill really sucks, even he says so. FAZ is an idiot!”
Schebler (.252) and Peraza (.258) are playing OK in a hitter’s ballpark, but where would they play for LA? In Taylor’s place? Puig’s place? Kike’s place? I think not! Good for the Dodgers to trade them. Some are playing in the majors and that’s awesome, but they had no future in LA. Cotton, Montas and Holmes, as well a De Leon were not ready and the Dodger’s staff was loaded so, some bodies had to go. Look at their respective ERA’s:
- Cotton – 5.52 ERA
- Montas – 6.91 ERA
- Holmes – 5.45 ERA in AA
- De Leon – 10.13 ERA
Now, the players FAZ got back (Hill and Forsythe) are not exactly setting the world on fire but it’s a long season. Let’s see how it plays out. What no FAZ-Basher wants to talk about are players like Alex Wood, Chris Taylor, Andrew Toles, Austin Barnes and Kike Hernandez. Instead, they want to bash Hill and Forsythe… and McCarthy and Grandal who was traded for their beloved Matt Kemp.
Oh, and they signed Kenley Jansen and kept Pedro Baez, who form the most potent 8th and 9th inning combo in MLB. Both have a sub 1.00 ERA! But, all we hear is how bad Chris Hatcher is. FAZ acquired Mike Liberatore, Josh Fields, Luis Avilan and Brandon Morrow, but the FAZ bashers just want to talk about Sergio Romo.
Nobody is perfect, but the FAZ Bashers are compelled to point that out ad nauseum! 18 of the 25 players currently on the roster, are players acquired or signed by FAZ. That’s blowing up the team in epic proportions… maybe as much as Theo did in Chicago… except that the Dodgers kept winning and are winning now. If fact, they are in the Top Tier of teams looking for a World Series Championship.
The farm is one of the top Farms Systems in all of baseball. Friedman has replaced many scouts and coaches and surrounded himself with a lot of great baseball minds – both old and young! I have often advocated trading for a RH power hitter and I would still like to see that happen, but it seems that the roadmap to success is to get young players and groom them. Look at what is happening in Houston and with the Yankees. Look at Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. Verdugo and Calhoun could be right behind them. One will likely be part of a deal for a RH power hitter, but I have came to the conclusion that it should not be an old guy. Even Cain is too old. Bellinger has proven he can hit LH pitching – maybe Verdugo and Calhoun can too.
Minor League Notes
- Nothing good happened in AAA or AA last night, except that Fernandez was again 2-4 and is batting .335 with .885 OPS. I would think someone would have interest in him. No spectacular, but very solid he is!
- RC and GL both lost too, but Robinson and Diaz had 3 hits at RC – Diaz is starting to really step it up, and Romo pitched 2 innings allowed 3 hits and 1 run. God help us. I can talk bad about Romo because I don’t ignore the good. Yadier Alvarez got smoked again. I’ll go on record again as saying we should have traded him. It was a bad night at Black Rock!