Because of the lack of player personnel movement, all of the national publications and national writers are creating the best of the remaining lists. Where will the top 10 remaining free agents land? How about where will the top 15 free agents and major trade personnel land? They all have opinions, and some of them are well thought out. However, while they have much better contacts, none of them no anymore until just before the player signs or the trade is made. Nobody predicted the Dodgers Reds trade, because nobody knows what Andrew Friedman is thinking. Nobody believes that Friedman will include Cody Bellinger in any trade. Why are they asking? Why not? You cannot get unless you ask.
Most of us have no idea of the vast scouting reports these front offices have. Dodger fans follow many of their minor leaguers, but only have access to the publicly published scouting reports of MLB Pipeline, or FanGraphs, or Baseball America. Pre-draft players have Perfect Game scouting reports. But none of us have access to the Dodgers inside scouting reports. Before people knock the Joel Ibarra minor league signing, please let us know how your personal scouting report graded him. After all he is a 16-year-old SS from Sonora Mexico, and has a ton of exposure. Right? I use Joel as an example because he was included with all of the AAAA players that the Dodgers have recently signed. Not on this site, but I have read where some have actually lambasted Freidman for the Ibarra signing. For those who do not know, here is Joel Ibarra:
Jesus Joel Ibarra
Born:7/10/2002 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Joel Ibarra does not have any MLB stats for the season.
Latest Transactions – December 21, 2018
Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent SS Joel Ibarra to a minor league contract.
I wonder what was written by the bloggers about Julio Urias before they knew who he was.
I recognize that the Dodgers have signed only one significant FA, RHRP Joe Kelly, and have consummated only one significant trade that to many is strictly a salary dump. Maybe it is. Or maybe they have no intention of spending that money until the FO identifies what they believe they need. Maybe it is as Mark wrote addition by subtraction. Maybe we have no idea how close any of the prospects are to the ML. Maybe Lux is two years away, Smith one, and Ruiz three. I have not spoken with Brandon Gomes, Dodger Director of Player Development, or seen where he places the ETA on each of these players. Has anyone else? Do they miss? Absolutely. All the time. But they have better information than I have.
But those two transactions and minor league signings are all we fans have as we wait for that one significant trade or FA signing that is just around the corner…or isn’t. We are an impatient group. Most of us want instant gratification and cannot foresee where trade or FA negotiations are. All we know is that the Dodgers just signed Shane Peterson and discuss as if he is the reason for the Puig trade.
Why is it that certain Dodger fans get so exorcised about the minor league contracts for the likes of Shane Peterson, Cameron Perkins, Paolo Orlando, Eric Carter, Kevin Quackenbush, and Daniel Corcino. I predicted the Dodgers would re-sign Corcino after he was released. The Dodgers and Corcino are a perfect match for each other. Neither the player or organization believe Corcino is going to be a star, or even a legit ML pitcher, but he may be available when someone like him is most needed, and he seemingly accepts that role. Why else would he keep coming back to LAD. These guys are nothing more than AAAA organizational depth. And there is nothing wrong with that.
I recognize that I am preaching on my soapbox, but I lived with having a AAAA player as a son for 9 years in the minor leagues, and not once was he left to believe that he was a result of dumpster diving. Players generally do not read these blogs, but families do. And it is hurtful to read some of the stuff that is written. My son was always told where he stood with the organization, and that he had an important role in the organization. I am assuming that DJ Peters will get promoted to AAA, and I also assume that Kyle Garlick will stay at AAA. But there is no one else ready for AAA in the Dodgers organization ready for AAA OF. So should the Dodgers just promote Jeren Kendall, Logan Landon, Saige Jenco, Donovan Casey, Carlos Rincon or Starling Heredia to a level they are not ready for because fans do not see the value in Shane Peterson or Cameron Perkins? So while fans may not see the value, the organization does.
Do certain fans not see the value in a Rocky Gale or Cael Brockmeyer as AAA and AA catchers allowing Will D. Smith and Keibert Ruiz to develop at a more natural pace? Does someone like Daniel Corcino allow for someone like Mitchell White or Dustin May to start the season in AA to get a confidence building start to the season. Both will be pushed, but do they need to go to the hitter friendly PCL right out of Spring? Or can they develop at a more reasonable pace? Gain some early season success and confidence?
I sincerely doubt if anyone in the FO believes that Patterson or Perkins, will become a CT3 or Max Muncy or Andrew Toles. What is wrong with AAAA players playing at AAA or AA? They have no impact on the 40 man roster. My son toiled for 9 seasons in MiLB and hit .270/.354/.449/.804 in 3,318 Abs. He hit 122 HRs and 569 RBIs. He had an approximate 16% K rate. He was an All Star at multiple levels. He had multiple concussions, a broken hand, three knee operations, and tore his arch away from his heel that was misdiagnosed and ended his career. He never got one of those million dollar contracts much less $300MM. He was constantly told to take steroids, not because they would make him a better or stronger hitter, but because he did not pass the “eyeball test” with his uni, and steroids would help him look better. He NEVER did, and to this day he wonders if he made the right decision. His parents think he did. But he has the same 2004 WS ring that Doc Roberts has. And even though he has multiple health issues because of professional baseball, he has zero regrets.
While I do not think that any regular poster on this site believes it, I do know that others not so charitable do come over here to read comments that believe that similar players as my son are nothing more than a product of dumpster diving. My son was called a piece of s*** garbage by one poster. Not because they knew him, but because he was not as good as Mike Lieberthal.
I know I occasionally go on one of these rants every now and then. This soap box moment was NOT DIRECTED TO ANYONE on this site but was a result of some of the nasty comments I read over the weekend from posters from other sites on the recent minor league signings. Comments from posters who were never as gifted as Shane Peterson or Cameron Perkins. This is the internet and people can speak in any manner they want. I get that, and I would never want it any other way. I just wanted to respond in my own way, and I have that luxury on this site. I wrote it because it is cathartic for me, and there is really nothing else to go on about.
Soapbox rant over!!! Now let’s continue the wait.