A.j. Preller Newsbeat
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Andrew Friedman is not going anywhere.
And what if the Dodgers, with their $300 million payroll, somehow miss the postseason — or if they somehow don’t make it out of the first round despite having Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke pitching Games 1 & 2? If either happens, Don Mattingly will most surely be fired as manager, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will also have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Like why, with all his money and prospect resources, didn’t he adequately address the Dodgers’ biggest needs at the deadline — a frontline starting pitcher a la Price or Hamels, and bullpen help for closer Kenley Jansen, instead settling for mediocrities in Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Jim Johnson? And why didn’t he send struggling rookie Joc Pederson back to Triple-A to work on making hitting adjustments and regaining his confidence instead of continuing to force-feed him, hopelessly overmatched, in the majors? And lastly, what was he thinking giving oft-injured Brandon McCarthy four years and $48 million last winter, and why is $87.5 million of that $300M payroll being paid to guys who no longer play for the Dodgers?
Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
Monday, August 03, 2015
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Last winter’s genius is this summer’s dummy, at least according to Ken Rosenthal.
Ken Rosenthal has been a favorite on this site for a long time. His reporting skills are fantastic. He also seems like a very nice guy, a nice guy who would be great to watch a game with at the pub or at the ball park. Like a lot of reporters, however, I’m not particularly enamored with his analysis. Although I like his reporting on my favorite team, I wouldn’t want the Red Sox following his suggestions. Neither should the Padres fans.
Case in point one: the Padres getting Starlin Castro. This kid certainly has some talent. His poor defense and lack of patience at the plate make him a second division starter, though, not the kind of shortstop a playoff contender should be looking to acquire.
First of all, even accounting for the crazy spit-balling nature of the deadline, it’s absurd to ask for a franchise player such as Goldschmidt in his prime. A Padres source told the Arizona Republic that the mention of Goldschmidt was not serious, but really, that’s the least of it, anyway. If the Padres truly are going for it, they should have added more than Rzepczynski. They should have acquired a shortstop such as the Cubs’ Starlin Castro, and taken their best shot.
Case in point two: at last year’s Winter Meetings, Rosenthal thought getting Matt Kemp was a good idea. Now, I didn’t think it was an awful idea, I just thought it wasn’t a good idea. Kemp’s contract, even at $15 million per year over the next five seasons, just didn’t seem like a good gamble.
Dodgers busy during Winter meetings
Kemp is headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Dodgers then are expected to flip Eflin to the Phillies as part of the package for Rollins.
Approval from the commissioner’s office is needed to complete the deal, but that is a given. The review of medical records is a far bigger concern — Kemp, Grandal and Wieland all have significant injury histories, and officials on both sides are nervous about possible hang-ups.
The Padres, if the deal goes through, will be getting a steal — Kemp at $15 million per season for the next five years. Federowicz will replace Grandal, teaming with Rene Rivera at a position where the Pads were strong. There is no other way to say it — the trade will be a huge coup for new general manager A.J. Preller and the club’s ownership, one of the most inspired moves in club history.
Suggesting that the Padres should be digging a bigger hole, while making fun of Preller, isn’t very helpful analysis.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Rany Jazayerli eviscerates A.J. Preller.
It’s as if Preller were unaware of the first rule of Rounders: “If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half-hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” Preller was the sucker. Preller was the guy obsessed with acquiring big names — Upton was the no. 1 pick in the 2005 draft! Kemp finished second in the MVP vote in 2011! Myers was AL Rookie of the Year in 2013! — while his competitors were working the angles. Middlebrooks was a power guy — in 169 games from 2012 to 2013, he hit 32 homers and had 103 RBIs! Craig Kimbrel has led the NL in saves for four straight years! For a player development expert, Preller’s focus on the quick and obvious fix last winter was surprising and even somewhat disturbing. It also was disastrous.
Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 35 comment(s)
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Whichever direction Preller chooses, he’ll have strong backing from the the owners, who’ve been enamored with Preller’s tireless approach to player development and scouting, both stateside and abroad.
“We’re ecstatic with the collaborative environment, the creativity, the will to win, the competitive nature,” Dee said. “Some of the things we’ve done to this point haven’t worked out, but we’ll jump right back on it and keep swinging.”
Posted: July 09, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 5 comment(s)
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