Camelback Ranch is a Holy Place where Dodger Fans convene every Spring to make a pilgrimage to the Big Dodger in the Sky! Yes, there is a Dig Dodger in the Sky… disagree and we have to fight… to the death! [DISCLAIMER: In today’s political climate, I am forced to say that is a joke, otherwise the FBI might be taking me away.]
If you don’t go to Dodger Insider every day and see the photos, you have no idea the sights and sounds of Spring Training that you are missing. Here’s the LATEST ONE. I used to take lots of Spring Training pictures, but they pale in comparison to Jon SooHoo. I have not been to Spring Training for 5 years after being there for about 15 years before that. I was there for the last 10 or 11 years at Vero Beach and the first five at Camelback Ranch. I am going for at least a week next year… come hell or high water.
The Shape of Contracts to Come
The Eric Hosmer Contract is getting closer to the way MLB Contracts should be done. Hosmer is a good first baseman, but he is not an elite 1B. If you rank all the first basemen in MLB, you would have to put (at least) Votto, Goldschmidt, Freeman, Bellinger and Rizzo ahead of him… maybe others. He is a good first baseman, but not the best.
I think his contract reflects that. It call for a $5 million signing bonus, plus $20 million a year for his first five years (that takes him to age 33, where decline is imminent). He has an opt-out after those five years, but if he dos not opt-out, his salary is $13 million his last 3 years. The AAV of the contract is $18 million. It’s a reasonable and logical way of doing the deal. I am shocked Borass allowed him to take it. It’s not one-sided. It’s fair! I had no idea Borass could do that!
Free agency is changing… and in no small part to how FAZ has been operating. It’s possible that if Clayton Kershaw opts out, he will not get a better offer on the open market. I think that out of respect for his role with the Dodgers, they should add about 2 or 3 years to his deal and up it a million or two a year and just sign an extension now. I think both parties would be wise to do that!
Rants and Raves
- On MLB Radio yesterday, I heard a stat that was revealing (this is allegedly from Mike Petriello): The past 7 or 8 World Series Champions have not had the same closer all season. Is there a correlation between having the same closer all season and losing? Last year, was a case in point!
- While most Dodger position players are already in camp, the official reporting day is Monday and Friday, February 23rd in the first game.
- Good Luck to Tony Watson, except when he plays the Dodgers. I am not sure he can fill the role they want.
- The Dodgers have high hopes for Tom Koehler. All I can say it that it is an interesting concept and hopefully, it will be a Brandon Morrow-esque move.
- The Dodgers scouted Tim Lincecum’s showcase last week. Could they be considering him for a spot in the pen?
- While it would be fun to see, I think “switch-pitcher” Pat Venditte has about a ZERO chance of making the team… but I would love it, if it happened.
- PeterJ: You wrote: “Villify is really harsh MT!! You really Iike Y and myself and others get that!!” It’s not harsh, it’s reality. Read a few posts about him that I cut-and-pasted: (1). “Grandal is just another dopehead who can’t make it without the stuff. Another fantastic trade by FAZ (just sayin).” (2). “Also since this is Grandal’s walk year I will be extremely happy to see him pack his bags and shuffle off into the sunset.” (3). “The sooner he is an exe Dodger, the happier I will be.” I was just being real. I don’t make this crap up! I can find a lot worse if you want to read them…
- 5 out of 4 people struggle with math, so in case you do, you should know that every team has 8 starting position players (that’s 240 players) and 5 starting pitchers (that’s another 150)… plus every team has a closer (that’s 30 more). Grand Total is approximately 420 players. MLB.com revealed their TOP 200 Fantasy players yesterday and the Dodgers showed out well with EIGHT players in the TOP 200:
- #10 Clayton Kershaw (the only pitcher in the Top 10)
- #28 Cody Bellinger
- #35 Corey Seager
- #36 Kenley Jansen
- #77 Yasiel Puig (the guy some want to trade)
- #107 Justin Turner
- #116 Alex Wood
- #155 Chris Taylor
- Final Shot: Matt Kemp will be the starting LF for the Dodgers and you will feel good about it!