Right about now, we have a few more days until we find out if Hyun-jin Ryu and Yasmani Grandal accept or reject the Dodgers Qualifying Offers. I predict that Ryu will accept and Grandal will reject. Then the fun begins… in the the measntime, the Dodgers have a few vacancies to fill throughout their organization. They are in need of a third-base coach, hitting coach and, what else….. Oh yeah… a GM. It will be interesting how they fill these positions. Do they stay in-house or go elsewhere? I must confess I have no clue. I never saw Turner Ward leaving and it’s my opinion that Chris Woodward is not even close to being ready to be a manager, but I’ve been wrong before… I did however, predict Farhan Zaidi would leave long ago… in fact, I predicted it would be to the Giants over a month ago.
Blessing or Curse?
Will losing Zaidi be a blessing or a curse? Many fans blame Zaidi’s micro-managing tendencies for the recent World Series losses, but the fact of the matter is that the Dodgers might not have even gotten to the World Series without Zaidi. Think on that one for a minute. We simply don’t know. Losing Farhan could become a stumbling block or a stepping stone. Whomever Friedman hires as GM will be very important in the Dodger’s future prospects for returning to the World Series.
It has been suggested by some that Kim Ng might be a good candidate and I know that she is a qualified candidate (or used to be before stats took over), but when she worked for the Dodgers, she was very close to Ned Colletti and was not involved with analytics. Also, her association with Ned could be a hinderance. Josh Byrnes is an in-house candidate who wasn’t good in SD, but would be working under Friedman in LA, so he may be fine. However, Friedman may opt for someone we would never think of.
“FAZ doesn’t value a bullpen” is something I frequently hear. I do not think that is true. What is true is that they do not belive in giving out big contracts for relievers. They shop differently than many do…. although more and more teams are doing the same. I posted this a couple of days ago from ESPN.com:
The Dodgers also won’t be shelling out significant dollars for relief pitching, regardless of how much trouble their bullpen gave them. The Colorado Rockies did that last offseason, committing a combined $106 million to Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee. But Davis (4.13 ERA), Shaw (5.93 ERA) and McGee (6.49 ERA) all struggled, validating what has become dogma in the Dodgers’ front office.
“You look back over time at free-agent relievers, and it’s not a very good track record,” Friedman said. “So, we’re not going to do it just to win a headline on that day.”
“Elite relievers come from everywhere,” Zaidi added, “and that’s our responsibility, to be resourceful and try to find those guys.The solution isn’t always, and is often not, just going out and trying to spend money. Sometimes the best relievers come from thinking more creatively about guys who can do that job.”
As an executive with the cash-strapped Tampa Bay Rays, Friedman would often root for other clubs to sign high-priced free agents because he knew it would cripple them long term.He brought that same logic to the affluent Dodgers and vowed not to let deeper resources trigger impracticality.
The Dodgers have lots of young arms, including Jordan Sheffield who is blooming as a reliever in the AFL. Friedman will continue to pick up scraps from the bone pile or the “Dollar Store” as some like to say, in order to find a diamond or two. However, with the plethora of arms that are ready or nearly ready in the Dodgers’ Farm System, they won’t feel the pressure to make a big deal for a high priced reliever. However, if the right opportunity presents itself, the Dodgers would be all over it. Zaidi had an eye for talent – we know that. How much will his los hurt the Dodgers? It’s hard to say, but I will tell you who are happy he went to the Giants that you will be sorry fairly soon that he is there. Their stock just went up.
The Angels have two more years of control with Mike Trout, but with their problems, it’s hard for me to see him re-signing there. There have been suggestions that he might be traded. Of course, the Dodgers would be the LAST team the Angels would trade with, but what if they offered the following for Mike Trout?
- Max Muncy
- Chris Taylor
- Alex Verdugo
- Keibert Ruiz
- Jordan Sheffield
- Mirchell White
Would you do that? Would the Dodgers? Would the Angels?