If FAZ had a Mulligan, they would rescind the Logan Forsythe Debacle. I can’t criticize it because he should have been a solid player coming into his prime. Instead he was an injured and unproductive player to the Dodgers’ doom. That would have saved them about $9 million dollars this season and right about now, they could use it, because of this:
No matter what any of the Dodger Brass says, the team will not go over the Luxury Tax Threshold in 2018. No way! No how! Period! End of story!
… and frankly, I am OK with that. I understand that… IF THEY SPEND BIG OVER THE WINTER! My idea of Spending Big would be to sign Manny Machado and DJ LeMahieu and extend Clayton Kershaw. I want Clayton to end his career as a Dodger, and so do they. My only worry is infighting among the investors, particularly between Mark Walter and Todd Boehly as well as Guggenheim Partners. Something is going on behind the scenes and it ain’t good! I see puffs of smoke and know there’s a fire.
For the record, I feel that Bryce Harper would not be a good signing. That is just my opinion and it’s the opinion of a guy who thought Logan Forsythe would be a good signing. It fair to say that, but I’ve also been right a lot too. You are free to disagree…
The Dodgers options are limited this season. Depending upon who you want to believe (I don’t have the time nor the inclination to investigate it myself), the Dodgers payroll is between $177 and $187 Million. $197 Million is the max allowed and if you calculate potential bonuses (which are included), there ain’t much left. That’s why Forsythe hurts so much –it’s nothing for something! Yasiel Sierra, Hector Olivera and Erisbel Arruebarrunea are getting paid about $15 million. Arrrr was Ned’s blunder, but the rest are on FAZ. Counting Logan Forsythe, the Dodgers have close to $28 million of DEAD MONEY on the roster.
If it sounds like I am blasting FAZ, I am, but I’m still a fan. After all, they saw fit not to trade Seager, Pederson, Bellinger, Urias and Buehler. They acquired Chris Taylor and Max Muncy and others, so they have been pretty successful. They even re-signed Turner and Jansen. It’s just not realistic that they can dump any salary. Forsythe has zero value – all they can do it cut him and let TB sign him for the MLB minimum. Maybe Puig could be traded but with half the season gone, that would only save $5 million.
I suppose they could trade for Manny and dump Puig in the deal to match salary, but I think the Dodgers connection to Machado is purely financial: They want to drive the cost up as much as possible for a team like the D-Bags. FAZ wants to make sure that if AZ gets Manny, they will have to thoroughly “gut their farm system.” That’s the smart thing to do. If they get Manny, this is their last hurrrah! They can’t re-sign him and their time is up. However, they could win it all with Manny and a healthy team. They would be done for 5 years after that!
The Dodgers need a lockdown reliever… maybe two. I still have hope for Alexander and Hudson – both have shown flashes – Hudson showed it yesterday. His ERA for June was 0.60! Maybe he’s the guy. He can pitch almost everyday… especially if you hold him to one inning. Another good arm in the pen would help a lot. Those arms have been identified – I look for FAZ to do something sooner than later.
Next year, the salary cap goes up to $206 Million and the Dodgers will clear out another $50 Million plus, if Grandal doesn’t take the QO and I don’t think he will. Andrew Toles is on fire at OKC and would look really good in RF and leading off! I think he would give this team a shot in the arm and what’s with Puig’s negative dWAR?
- Be thankful Paul George didn’t come home.
- Willie Calhoun is just “a guy” right now. Nothing special.