Kenley Jansen and Scott Alexander appear to be “fixed.” That bodes well for the bullpen, but I would still like to see more help there. Of course, I have always made no bones about wanting Raisel Iglesias. Let’s take it a step farther. Cody Bellinger is a great 1B, but what if the Dodgers had another 1B who could play the position as well and also hit? I have no doubt that Cody Bellinger could be a very fine Centerfielder. What if this were the Dodgers lineup:
- Taylor SS
- Votto 1B
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger CF
- Kemp LF
- Grandal C
- Puig RF
- Utley/Hernandez 2B
Pen: Jansen is the closer and Iglesais is the setup man along with Scott Alexander.
Votto is owed $25 million a year until 2023 and has a buyout of $7 million in 2024. I think his body type will let him be productive much later than most hitters. He can’t be traded without his permission as he as 5/10 rights, but he might want to go to a winning team (even though the Reds beat the crap out of the Dodgers last weekend).
The Reds would be happy to unload his contract, but would have to take some money back to balance it. The deal is this:
The Dodgers send Logan Forsythe, Alex Verdugo, Joc Pederson, Dustin May and Will Smith to Cincy for Votto, Igledais and enough cash to balance the deal to keep the Dodgers under the salary cap.
When Kershaw comes back, the rotation is (by August):
Maeda goes to the pen with Stripling and Stewart as well as Iglesais, Alexander, Koehler, Jansen and maybe Urias.
It really isn’t FAZ’s style to take on an aging players’ big contract and that may be the stumbling block. It’s just that Votto’s bat would replace Corey’s Seagers’ very handily… then when Seager comes back next season, they would be stacked.
Using 20/20 Hindsight, Justin Verlander was the pitcher the Dodgers should have targeted last season at the trade deadline instead of Yu Darvish, but like AC said, at the time, Darvish looked to be the better option. Besides being 4 years younger, Darvish had a 4.01 ERA, but a 1.168 WHIP before the trade, while Verlander had a 3.92 ERA but a 1.279 WHIP. Many thought Verlander was done or at least in steep decline. It’s obvious that he wasn’t – his 1.05 ERA and 0.714 WHIP this year is in start contract to Darvish’s 5.56 ERA and 1.529 WHIP.
Darvish fooled both Andrew Friedman and Tho Epstien. What a train wreck he has been for both the Dodgers and the Cubs! I am not sure he can ever recover from his brusied psyche. Do I wish the Dodgers had traded for Verlander? Of course, but I can’t fault the thinking at the time.
MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE by AlwaysCompete
OKC – DNP
Tulsa – 2-1 loss to Springfield Cardinals
Back to Back Cardinals HR’s in the 4th ruined an otherwise outstanding effort by journeyman pitcher Logan Bawcom. The two HR’s were enough to straddle Bawcom with the loss. Overall, Logan pitched 5.2 innings allowing the 2 runs on 6 hits, 0 walks, and 3 K’s. Brian Moran pitched 2.1 scoreless innings (3K), and Andrew Istler pitched a perfect 9th in relief. The Drillers were limited to 4 singles and their lone run came on an unearned run.
Drew Jackson was placed on the 7 day DL & Caleb Ferguson was placed on temporary inactive list. The Ferguson move was probably due to the addition of Bawcom, and will probably be remedied once it is Ferguson’s time to pitch again. Once Farmer was sent down to OKC, a catcher needed to be moved. Cael Brockmeyer, who had been playing very well at OKC, was assigned to Tulsa to replace Will Smith who is on the 7 day DL. Hamlet Marte may be moving back to RC now with a 3rd catcher.
RC – 6-3 win over Stockton Ports (A’s)
Dean Kremer put up a quality start and got his 2nd win. He logged 6.0 IP, allowing 1 run, 3 hits, 3 walks, and 7 K’s. Stetson Allie followed with 1 inning allowing a 2 run HR. Logan Salow finished the final two innings and registered his first save for the Quakes. 6 Quakes had 2 hits on the night to lead a 15 hit attack…3B Rylan Bannon, LF Logan Landon, CF Jeren Kendall, 2B Omar Estevez, C Steve Berman, and RF Saige Jenco. Berman and Christian Santana each slugged a HR for the Quakes. Gavin Lux contributed a triple (his first of the year).
Kendall had another assist with an out recorded at home. It was Jeren’s 5th assist on the season. He also has 13 SB. If he ever gets fully adjusted where he can consistently put bat to ball, Kendall could be a very good CF. I am still lobbying for Maury Wills or Brett Butler to take him under their wings and mentor him.
Great Lakes – 5-1 loss to Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays)
Jesus Vargas did not pitch poorly in his 6.0 innings, but with a week offense, the three runs he did allow were enough to saddle him with a loss. Justin Hoyt allowed 2 ninth inning runs in his 2.2 innings of work. The offense was led by Brayan Morales, the sole Loon with two hits. Romer Cuadrado and Carlos Rincon each contributed their 7th double on the season.
Brayan Morales stole his 19th base on the season (he has been caught 6 times). Brayan is another who could use some tutelage from Wills or Butler.
Mitchell White is scheduled to start for Tulsa, while Chris Mathewson should start for Rancho Cucamonga.