Thinking Outside the Box

The Hot Stove is Cold… We are all going stir-crazy! OK, let’s get really crazy: The Dodgers trade Matt Kemp, Pedro Baez and Clayton Kershaw to Texas for Cole Hamels and Jose Leclerc.  That frees up $35 million in 2018. Next, they sign Yu Darvish as a Free Agent and trade Yadier Alvarez, Yusneil Diaz, Jordon Sheffield and Kenta Maeda to Pittsburgh for Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. Rotation: Hamels…

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LH Hitting 2B – How About Max Muncy?

There has been a lot of discussion about the Dodgers needing a LH hitting 2B this offseason.  Okay maybe I have been the one talking about it.  I have recommended the Dodgers look at Jace Peterson as the potential LH hitting 2B even without ever hearing one report that FAZ was interested.  Yangervis Solarte and Erick Aybar are others that have at least drawn some attention.  But my attention has…

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Why the Dodgers Don’t Have to do Much

A year ago, Dodger fans were wondering whether Adrian Gonzalez had anything left. I stated that if he didn’t, the Dodgers had an option at 1B who was ready to take over – one Cody Bellinger.  I had watched Cody and Corey Seager progress and grow through the ranks of the Dodger farm teams, and I knew he was ready.  I have only been that sure with two other current…

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Is a Parade in the Dodgers Near Future?

If you have not checked out www.TheAtheletic.com (it’s a pay site), you should.  It’s got some great writing. As an example, Peter Gammons wrote a great piece yesterday: “Want a parade? The surest way to get one is to rebuild the right way. Here’s how it’s done” I can’t reproduce the whole article here, because of the paid content, but Gammons starts here: When baseball unraveled the draft and international…

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What’s Up With 2017 Free Agents

What’s happening to this year’s crop of free agents?  This is December 27, and out of the top 50 MLB TradeRumors free agent predictions, only 19 have signed new contracts, and one decided not to opt out (Masahiro Tanaka).  Of the 30 unsigned players, none of the top 11 have signed new contracts (excluding Tanaka not opting out), and 15 of the top 20 are still unsigned.   Of the…

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A Final Parting-Shot to THE TRADE

On August 12, 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez,  Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto for Ivan De Jesus, James Loney,  Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands from the Boston Red Sox. Some Dodger fans call it the Nick Punto Trade, evidently because of his insignificance.  When the trade went down, I immediately wrote “the Dodgers will rue the day they made this deal.” Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I wrote that for…

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Why The Rush To Trade Joc?

I am not sure why there is such an affinity by so many Dodgers fans to trade Joc Pederson, or for some to simply dump him.  He is a 26 year old immature little kid who still thinks he is playing little league for fun.  He loves the game.  Maybe it is because of his brother Champ that he does not take the game as seriously as some would like. …

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Let’s Assume FAZ Does Nothing

If the Dodgers do nothing, this is what I would expect come Spring Training.   1B – Bellinger 2B – Forsythe 3B – JT SS – Seager LF – Kike’ and Joc/Toles CF – Taylor RF – Puig C – Barnes Rotation:  Kershaw, Hill, Wood, Maeda, Ryu Bullpen:  Jansen, Baez, Fields, Garcia, Koehler, Stripling, Avilan, Cingrani Bench:  Grandal, 2 of Kike’/Joc/Toles, and Locastro   Grandal and JT can relieve Bellinger…

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