I don’t know about you, but it is my opinion that the Dodgers bullpen is not a need right about now. They signed Machine Gun Kelley and have a plethora of options in 2019 including Therrien, Ferguson, Santana and many others. The starting rotation is 8 deep and while it would be nice to add a Kluber or Bauer, the reality of the situation is that Cleveland has not traded either one… and it seems unlikely to me that they will. Starting pitching is a strength of this 2019 version of the Dodgers and I am not prompting the need of another starter, Some disagree…
As much as I championed Yasmani Grandal, he never became the player I thought and it was time for him to move on. I wish him well, but I did not want him back. The same with Brian Dozier, who will be 32 next year… is he in decline and is he a big improvement over Kike, Muncy or CT3? Not to me. Some players wilt under the bright lights of LA and I think he was one of those guys.
Sports Illustrated ranked theTOP 50 Free Agentsat the start of the offseason. Here’s the Top 10:
- Manny Machado
- Bryce Harper
Clayton Kershaw Patrick Corbin
- Craig Kimbrel
- Dallas Keuchel
Michael Brantley Nelson Cruz Charlie Morton
Six have signed, with the Dodgers signing one of the six and four still remain. It is rumored that the Dodgers are still in on Bryce Harper, but I don’t believe it and I don’t think they should be. I would be all in on Mike Trout, but Bryce Harper is no Mike Trout and try as you might, Bryce is not a fit for the Dodgers, in my humble opinion.
Friedman is working on Castellanos and Realmuto, but the last we heard, the Fish wanted Bellinger and that was/is not happening. So, it’s overpay or wait. I say wait. There are more moves to be made and it could be today, February 18th or the trade deadline. In the meantime we wait and wonder if the Dodgers’ new hitting culture with Robert Van Scoyoc will be a resounding success, monumental flop or just a thing?
Getting rid of Puig and Kemp opens up spots in the outfield. Are they committed to Verdugo in RF? Could they possibly think that RVS could make Alex even better? It would seem to me at this juncture, the Dodgers are considering moving Bellinger back to 1B and going with CT3 in CF? That leaves Muncy at 2B and Kike platooning in LF with Joc.
I’d rather have Castellanos and/or Realmuto, but I think with the Dodegrs starting pitching and bullpen being a strength, this lineup is nothing to sniff at:
- Taylor CF
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Kike/Joc LF
- Muncy 2B
- Verdugo RF
- Barnes C
I have already said that I expect a big bounce back by Barnes and Smith and Ruiz are getting close. I think that lineup is good enough to win the NL West, but not the World Series. That’s why Andrew Friedman is not done. Forget Realmuto, but add Castellanos to the mix and that is a well-balanced strong lineup. Yes, Casty only has one year of control, but you can re-sign him or give the QO and take another pick. For the 2019 version of the Dodgers, I’d rather have Castellanos than Harper or Machado.
Since Andrew Friedman arrived, many of you have been beating me up but every year. the team has gotten better, the Farm System has gotten better and the past two years, he has gotten then to the World Series. I am of the opinion that if a team is good enough to get there, they are good enough to win. Those losses are team losses, but like Clayton Kershaw said “Maybe we just need to play better.” Clayton nailed it and he came back to try at least three more times.
Then I read stuff like “The Dodgers should sign Harper for their fans.” That’s ill-conceived. The Dodgers should try to win for their fans and I see nothing that disuades me from believing that they are not doing just that. You can keep beating me up for sticking up for Friedman, but at the end of the day, I believe I will have the last laugh… AGAIN!