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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Is a Parade in the Dodgers Near Future?

December 28, 2017

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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A Final Parting-Shot to THE TRADE

December 26, 2017

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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Merry Christmas & Thank You All

December 25, 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… at least here in Indy.  I got up to this as I let The Mighty Quinn out for his morning business. The snow is only a little over an inch, but it is snow.  So here in Indy, it is a White Christmas. So, Merry Christmas from AC and I and we really appreciate what a group of Dodger fans we have…

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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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What’s Next For the Dodgers and Matt Kemp?

December 19, 2017

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of Matt Kemp, it is interesting to see the progression or degradation of his game – as his body increased in size, his production decreased in direct proportion. 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2016 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2LFHJkgYQ – I can’t get link to work Most Dodger fans have strong opinions about Kemp… and many are not good.  I have witnessed the…

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The Case for Keeping Matt Kemp

December 18, 2017

When the Dodgers traded for Matt Kemp, it was a salary dump, a bad attitude dump as well as the opportunity to acquire a young, power hitting catcher with mad framing skills.  I embraced the trade for all the reasons it was made.  While he could be charming, Matt Kemp was frequently a malcontent prima donna in the lockerroom. I felt he was a poison, so I was excited to…

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WHAM! BANG! BLOCKBUSTER!

December 16, 2017

There is a lot to unpackaged on the trade of Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson for former Dodger darling, Matt Kemp.  Whether Matt Kemp ever plays for the Dodgers again is in question.  He could be flipped to an AL team in need of a DH.  I think he has some value and I cannot just see him being released… unless his clubhouse demeanor is worse…

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ANDREW FRIEDMAN and HIS 3-YEAR PLAN

July 18, 2017

Make no mistake…this IS Andrew Friedman’s team.  This is not to take anything away from the immense talents of Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes, Alex Anthopoulos, Gabe Kapler, or Billy Gasparino.  They help put Friedman’s vision into motion.  The Dodgers caught a lot of flak from fans because of the high FO cost.  But these are all outstanding baseball people, and why is it a problem having superior FO talent?  It…

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How Do YOU Judge Trades?

March 31, 2017

Well the Freeway Series has started and this gives FAZ one more chance to scout and decide if they want to pull the trigger on a Caleb Ferguson/Mitchell Hanson trade for Mike Trout.   Sure it is silly and extreme, but it is only slightly more silly than some of the Cole Hamels trade proposals I read.   It’s easy to sit back and look at results and say that was a…

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