I have reached the point that I don’t care where Stanton goes… so long as it is not in the NL West. Let the Yankees have him. I’m down with that… as long as the Dodgers get someone else.
OK, I admit to having been a big proponent that the Dodgers should acquire Giancarlo Stanton. Especially now, that the Angels have signed Ohtani, it would really be nice to counteract his billboards with ones of Stanton. I admit that I really pushed for the Dodgers to trade for Stanton. I really wanted it to happen. Yes, I did!
I also admit to being a moron! So, there is that! After further review, I have decided that even if the Marlins take back $40 to $50 million in 2018 salary, it’s still too much… not so much in money, but rather in prospects. The Dodgers can get more than Stanton for what they would have to pay to get him. Here’s the direction I would like to see the Dodgers go:
Pay J.D. Martinez $180 million over 6 years!
Trade for Ender Inciarte!
That’s four year less than Stanton and yes, Martinez is not Stanton, but he’s pretty good and would slot well with the Dodgers. DodgerRick would be ecstatic! He has wanted JD for a while now. However, this way, he only costs money! The way I look at it, the Dodgers could sign Martinez (yes, overpaying) and then trade fewer prospects than they would have used for Stanton in order to have an even stronger team. I have wanted Inciarte for years and recently, AC has re-kindled that desire.
How about Alex Verdugo and D.J. Peters for Ender Inciarte? Martinez’ deal could be back-loaded to cover next year and the Dodgers could THEN have to trade Forsythe, Grandal, McCarthy and Kazmir. How can they do that? I have a plan.
Forsythe, Grandal and McCarthy all have value and could be traded in the right deal(s). I’m not going to pretend to know what those deals are but all the Dodgers need back are prospects. That would relieve the Dodgers of about $25 million in salary. Kazmir would be tougher (the Dodgers may have to eat a lot of his salary), so he would likely have to be packaged to a team who wanted Grandal and Joc Pederson for prospects. The Dodgers could get another $7-9 Million of Salary relief. A-Gon is the only unmovable contract. All told, they should be able to dump $30 million in contracts and A-Gon comes off after this year.
Look at this lineup:
- Inciarte CF
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Martinez LF
- Taylor 2B
- Puig RF
- Barnes C
Bench: Toles, Hernandez, Culberson, Farmer (or Smith), Ramos (or Rios)
What a lineup that would be. OMG!
It’s a potent lineup and great defensively, except for LF, but Kike and Toles could be JD’s caddy late in games.
- Oh.. and sign Jhoulys Chacin too. Or, if he costs too much, just keep McCarthy.
- Signing Brandon Morrow would make it all worthwhile.
“Andrew Friedman has walked away from more trades than any GM in the past 10 years.”
That was said on MLB Radio yesterday by Brad Lidge. Before you think that is bad thing, you need to realize that conventional thinking is usually wrong. Before Andrew Friedman talks to a team about a player, he knows how much he is willing to give up to get that player and if the other teams exceed it, he simply crosses his arms and walks away. If you don’t do that you get bad deals, like the Yankees got when they traded for A-Rod and several other contracts. You end up with free agents like Price, Cueto, Schmidt and other dogs.
Some think that means Friedman doesn’t know how to run a large-market team. PLEASE! The facts say otherwise. The facts are, FAZ will not exceed the value they give up for what the value they think that player brings. JD Martinez is young enough that a 6 year, $30 million dollar a year deal would likely be a good one for 4 or 5 years. It’s possible that the last year or two could be bad. If FAZ is willing to take that risk, so am I.
I am not even afraid of going into the season which what they have right now. The Dodgers youngsters will be a year better next year. It should be interesting how this plays out. FAZ has established limits on what they will pay for Stanton… but Stanton still holds all the cards. FAZ will stick to their guns and if Stanton does too, the Marlins will have to re-visit the Dodgers offer… but it’s the Yankees and Stanton may cave!