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Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Price, Tanaka and Hyun-Jin Ryu
So I would say that the Dodgers should hold onto their prospects and focus on improving other areas of the team, like, well, let's see, third base, shortstop, and second base
"I think I may have found a way for us to get Bonds and Griffey, and we wouldn't have to give up that much."
Stephen Drew makes a lot of sense for the Dodgers, and wouldn't cost that much or lock them into a long term deal.
"If they trade the farm for Price and Kemp returns to form and Ethier has a contract year and Puig duplicates 2013 and Kershaw continues to perform like prime-years Koufax, Grienke puts up CY Young numbers and they keep the chicken and beer out of the clubhouse, they could go all the way!"
"BUT, That's all predicated on the fact that Magic Johnson wants to keep spending and Los Angeles doesn't break off into the Pacific Ocean."
This brings us to Drew. The team is pretty clear - they are going to make Drew a qualifying offer. They strongly feel Boras will reject it, and that he will be willing to take a little less money per-year to get a three year deal (say, 3 yrs, $33m). If he decides to accept the offer, they'll eat a lot of his salary, and trade him to somebody.
Here's the thing - is there any way the Dodgers or Yankees will sign Drew to a deal that forces them to give the Red Sox a first-round pick (and the draft slot money that comes with it)? No friggin' way!
The Dodgers are going to have to trade for a SS, not sign one, if they want to keep a draft pick.
* Right now, the hope for the season for the Dodgers is to try to develop Javy Guerra, Chad Billingsley (who spent the offseason working in windmills), and A.J. Ellis, and hope that Juan Uribe grows up and brings them something in a trade.
* Tampa Bay fans often criticize Joe Maddon for being too considerate with his handling of pitchers like David Price and Jeff Niemann, but no one can say that about Brandon Gomes.
* Whether or not Dodgers GM Ned Colletti lands Chase d'Arnaud from Pittsburgh, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Mark Ellis, et al cannot help but deepen the batting order and give manager Don Mattingly a legitimate bench.
* It appears that Paco Rodriguez is ready to step in the rotation, but one of the Dodgers big question marks is whether to make Zack Greinke a starter or a reliever, and then what happens to Kenley Jansen?
* One potentially perturbed pitcher who is suddenly throwing like a kind lamp is Hyun-Jin Ryu, whose big change can be traced to a tater tot he found while touring some TV stations on his winter vacation in California, which when Juan Nicasio heard about it, he insisted on having it, and gave Ryu the secret of his greater confidence in exchange.
* Few places have been affected by the economy more than Los Angeles, so don't look for Ned Colletti to have much payroll flexibility, but. He knows if he can land a Sergio Santos, Pedro Alvarez, or Matt Belisle (Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd is reluctant to deal him, but may if the right deal comes along), the Dodgers still have a chance.
* Los Angeles is going to deal Paco Rodriguez and Andre Ethier and try to sign Shawn Tolleson and keep him out of the market, especially if they can assemble a three-way deal that would send Derek Dietrich to Cincinnati and bring Jonathan Broxton to the Dodgers. Someday, somewhere perhaps Broxton will stop being so jittery.
* There are many who buy into the Dodgers theory that this is Juan Uribe's year to stop being so nutty, and explode.
* What is falling in place with Don Mattingly is a number of tickled confluences: the impact of Brandon League, the arrival of Monster Paco Rodriguez, the return to health of Jose Dominguez (chemically imbalanced forehead) and Stephen Fife (calf) and the monkey-like intensity of Scott Van Slyke, which has allowed Ned Colletti to do the opposite of a garage sale where he tries to get rid of all his parts alongside his used microwaves.
* Between Hyun-Jin Ryu's chia pet, Hanley Ramirez's recovery from his cyst on the calf, Josh Beckett's new fastball, Scott Van Slyke's growing more clean by the day, and the brilliant humor of Vin Scully, the Dodgers could be the surprise team this year.
reflections on the dodgers
the Dodgers hope
that this is the year
in the lineup full time
and stop trying to carry the team
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