…AND SOME OF THEM MIGHT NOT BE POPULAR.
It was said that the entire Dodger team watched Walker Buehler throw a simulated game yesterday – he’s not just another arm. His stuff is electric and he should ready to start next weekend against the Angels. I have heard that he likley will not have a cap on his innings this year (within reason). I expect to see him log 180 total.
There are going to have to be some hard decisions made as more pitchers get healthy. When Buehler returns to the rotation, this is what it looks like:
While the Dodgers may run a six man rotation for a short while, it is less than practical. Someone has to go to the pen. Rich Hill has offered and maybe he should, but I think Alex Wood could be Andrew Miller out of the pen (AC suggested that). The thing is: Alex will not like it. He sees himself as a starter and relieving could cost him a lot of money when he hits the open market in 2020. As much as I like him in the pen, I think he would be a problem if moved there – and I can’t blame him.
Ryu will be back fairly soon as well (allegedly) as will Julio Urias. The Yankees need another starter. Alex Wood might be their man. What would the Yankees part with for Wood? Would they give up 2 of their 3-8 prospects ands 1 of their 10-15 prospects? Oh, by the way, this is a 4-way deal in which Joc Pederson goes to Seattle for 2 prospects as well. Manny Machado goes to the Dodgers along with Britton and Logan Forsythe goes to Baltimore to balance the $$$$. All the prospects go to Baltimore.
So, the Dodgers get Manny Machado and potentially another closer in Britton without trading any prospects. This is what the team might look like in August:
- Verdugo RF
- Manny SS
- Turner 3B
- Muncy 2B
- Kemp LF
- Bellinger 1B
- Taylor CF
- Grandal C
Bench: Barnes, Utley, Hernandez, Toles
Starters: Kershaw, Stripling, Hill, Ryu, Buehler
Pen: Ferguson, Urias, Floro, Alexander, Hudson, Britton, Fields, Maeda, Jansen
Puig on the DL.
By the way, it’s a tough decision to move Maeda to the pen – he and his agent aren’t going to like it!
Thoughts? You got a better idea?
Fort those of you who think Manny should sign an extension BEFORE the Dodgers trade for him – it ain’t happening. Why would Machado do that… unless you want to give him 10 years/$500 million… and that’s not happening? I would hope that the Dodgers could convince him to sign a 10 year/$350 million deal and move to 2B. Sell him on the fact that at 2B, he could go down in history as the GOAT!