The Dodger Beat Writers know what is up with Andrew Toles, but out of respect for his privacy (and to keep their jobs), they ain’t saying! That’s OK! Whatever it is… and I have an idea, I hope he gets to the right place soon. He still has a world of talent if he can solve his problems.
Farmer, Wood, Puig & Kemp
The Dodger Beat Writers also know the inside story on why the Dodgers were so eager to get rid of Puig and Kemp… and maybe Wood, so much so that they took back Homer Bailey and released him… while munching on the money! Of course, they got two prospects whom many scouts are very high on, but that is a story for 3 years from now. One can only guess why the Dodgers couldn’t get more than they did for Kemp, Puig, Wood and Farmer. The idiot bashers say “Friedman should have gotten more.” Yeah, he could have got a lot more – he just decided not to so the morons would have something to talk about… and those idiots do. I’m sorry, but I can’t suffer those fools. We all know where they are.
Pedro Moura of The Athletichad a great read about AJ Pollock. His only issue is staying healthy, but when healthy, even Bryce Harper is not better. Here’s an excerpt from the Pay Site (and worth every penny):
“It’s almost like he does everything really, really well, but almost like people don’t take notice of it,” Goldschmidt said. “So it’s the advantage of watching him every single day and seeing the work he’s put in and how he’s improved. Sometimes, it can be taken for granted, but when you see him on a daily basis, he’s as good as anyone.”
Statistics confirm that assertion. When he has played, Pollock has been about as good as anyone. Since his 2013 rookie season, he has averaged 5.5 WAR per 650 plate appearances. During that time, only 16 players have played regularly and logged more value per plate appearance.
Since his rookie season, Bryce Harper has been worth 4.6 WAR per 650 plate appearances. Manny Machado? 5.4. Of course, those two are 26. Pollock is five years older, and his contract is worth about one-sixth of theirs.
Allen Webster, once part of the $200+ million salary-dump trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers in 2012, has come back from Korea and touched 98 mph and now, two years off Tommy John surgery, is interesting the Cubs. I always saw him as the equal of Evoaldi…
It turns out that Buehler was not being “slow-walked” this spring. His arm did not feel right.Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.comwrote this:
Walker Buehler’s throwing session on Wednesday was overshadowed by the revelation that he came to Spring Training with an arm that “didn’t feel right,” making the likelihood that he’d be ready to start Opening Day “a little far-fetched.”
“My arm didn’t feel like it was moving the way I wanted it to,” said Buehler. “It’s not a pain thing, really, more like something doesn’t move perfectly. And the way I kind of work, I want everything to work correctly.”
Buehler and the club had been insisting he was being “slow-played” this spring because of last year’s spike in innings, but the story changed on Wednesday, first with manager Dave Roberts conceding the injury before Buehler threw two innings of batting practice, then Buehler confirming it.
“Hangover stuff from last year,” said Buehler, who added that he had discomfort from the start of his offseason throwing program. “Kind of comes and goes. I wasn’t feeling good often enough. Nothing scary, nothing alarming. Just wasn’t right.”
Now, some of the morons I talked about earlier are saying: “See, Friedman and Roberts lied to us.”I won’t even dignify that with an answer! Of course, they are not going to tell you! Geeeeezzzz!
Last Night’s Game
The Dodgers were cruising to a win last night whenLordy, LordyCabrera and Parker Curry snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. If there were any questions about them, they were answered last night.
Chicken Strip tried to push it to 4 innings and failed, but his first three were very good. Kenley gave up a couple of hits but looked OK after that.Machine GunKelly looked healthy and Yimi Garcia looks more and more like an 8th inning guy. Logan Salow needs to learn to throw strikes…. as does Cabrera. Back to the drawing board for them.
Russ Martin looked healthy and popped one out, as did Cody and Kike. Is this the breakout year I have been predicting for Kike? Just asking… CT3 looked very good early and now looks like he left his glasses at home, while Brad Miller looks to be a very solid pickup. The Dodgers have so many options…
Today, we get to see Kyle “Babe Ruth”Farmer (.407. 1.038 OPS) who is smoking hot in the Cactus League and some are reporting, may be the starting catcher for the Reds. Finally, we may see Matt Kemp (.375. 3 HR) and the Batlicker (.348). Alex Wood (27.00 ERA) has had back issues all spring and is shut down after 1 inning. My source tells me it may be serious.
The Reds are going to be a fun team to watch, but they already had some locker room issues before the trade. I still think the Dodgers are a better team without Kemp and Puig. Addition by subtraction. Matt Kemp has lost the weight he gained during the season last year and is again playing for redemption. I don’t dislike either guy and will root for them…. except today. Sometimes change is just needed for everyone.
One final thought: It’s just Spring Training, but the Reds will be trying to win. The Dodgers are just playing…