Hot Stove Heating Up??

January 27, 2018

Three weeks before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report, and the free agent market is still in slow motion.  MLBTR listed 50 top free agents.  Of those 50, 25 remain unsigned, including eight of the top ten.  Of those eight, only Darvish is rumored close to signing.  What’s to become of the other seven; JDM, Hosmer, Arrieta, Moustakas, Cain, Lynn, & Holland?  There are no fresh rumors.  Four of…

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The Dodgers HAVE to Get Under the Luxury Tax

January 19, 2018

You may think that the Dodgers WANT to get under the Luxury Tax Threshold purely to save money and that is absolutely true, but there’s another aspect to getting under the $197 million number: If they don’t, they will likely be in violation of baseball’s “Debt Service Rule.”  Major League Teams must comply with certain debt to asset ratios, and while the Dodger assets are high, so is their debt….

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These Dodgers Are Better Than Some Think!

January 14, 2018

Buster Olney recently listed his TOP 10 SUPER UNITS.  Now, this will likely change as more players sign contracts or more trades are made.  In fact, Gerrit Cole being traded to the Astros arguably changes the Starting Rotation Power Ratings. Here’s where the Dodgers landed on Olney’s lists: Top 10 Rotations Nationals Dodgers Indians The Astros could now be #1 on paper. Top 10 Lineups Astros Yankees Dodgers were #10….

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Thinking Outside the Box

January 3, 2018

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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What’s Up With 2017 Free Agents

December 28, 2017

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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Let’s Assume FAZ Does Nothing

December 23, 2017

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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Damn Lies and Statistics

December 21, 2017

Figures don’t lie, but liars figure… and sometimes they are not even liars – they are just using unreliable figures. There are several websites that keep track of teams salaries.  In this instant case, I am speaking about the salary obligations of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2018 season.  You would think stuff like this would be cut and dried, but it’s evidently not. Let’s look at a couple…

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What Winter Meetings?

December 16, 2017

Well this has been some Hot Stove League for the Dodgers thus far, right?  The Winter Meetings went just about as most expected…the current 40 man roster is the same as before the meetings started.  I don’t count Koehler because he was post Winter Meetings, and the signing is still pending physical.  I never thought Stanton was an option, but it was fun to fantasize.  My only disappointment is that…

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The Evolution of Baseball

December 15, 2017

In case you have been living under a rock, you can appreciate (or maybe you don’t) that the Grand Old Game of Baseball is changing. Instant Replay has been implemented and will take an even more prominent role in the near future; You can’t kill the catcher or the guy at 2B anymore; Electronic Balls and Strikes are right around the corner; The Pitch Clock will speed up the pace…

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Stop the Insanity!

December 14, 2017

Just because other teams make dope-fiend moves, doesn’t mean the Dodger have to.  Look, they have been paying the luxury tax for too long and have paid about $300 million in penalties.  It started with foolish, long-term deals to Kemp and Ethier and then came THE TRADE (Beckett, Gonzalez and Crawdad).  The Dodgers owe Kemp $5.5 million over the next two year, but after next season, most of the obligations…

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