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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A look at some qualified GM candidates for the Los Angeles Dodgers - ESPN Los Angeles

It might take a little while for new Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to hire a general manager. For one thing, there’s no rush. Free agency doesn’t start until after the World Series ends and the real action tends to center around the winter meetings in early December. The Dodgers have plenty of front office people, including outgoing GM Ned Colletti, to hold down the position until Friedman gets his feet on the ground in L.A.

Friedman is also going to need a little time to pack up and move his family, which includes two young children. That doesn’t sound easy.

So, while it may not be a front-burner issue, it’s never too early to examine some of the candidates he figures to take a look at:

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers stepping into 21st century with Andrew Friedman - ESPN Los Angeles

Mark Saxon’s excellent take on why this happened.

Two trade deadlines ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers got deep into discussions with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire second baseman Howie Kendrick.

The Angels were foundering and looking to deal expensive veterans for talent that could help replenish their bereft farm system. The Dodgers, living with aging Mark Ellis as their primary second baseman, felt in need of an upgrade. In the end, the Dodgers passed on the deal because they didn’t want to part with pitching prospect Zach Lee and they were worried about tampering with a team on a historic run.

According to sources, that decision widened a rift in the team’s front office. It lingered for nearly a year and a half. The push-pull, in general terms, was between general manager Ned Colletti and his small group of loyalists, primarily scouts and former scouts such as Rick Ragazzo and Vance Lovelace, and an analytics group that felt its input sometimes fell on deaf ears.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Moneyball Comes to LA: Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman | FanGraphs Baseball

Besides falling short of expectations, I bet this has as much to do with Colletti’s departure.

The team spent over $26 million on the foursome of Brian Wilson, Brandon League, J.P. Howell, and Chris Perez this year, hoping that group would form a strong setup core in front of cheap-and-dominant closer Kenley Jansen. No other team spent $26 million on their entire bullpen, closer included, so this was the most expensive collection of middle relievers baseball has ever seen.

And as a group, they performed at essentially replacement level (-0.8 WAR by FIP, +0.7 WAR by RA9), taking about 10 percent of the Dodgers payroll and lighting it on fire. When the playoffs rolled around, the Dodgers had essentially lost faith in all of their relievers besides Jansen, and their bullpen’s NLDS performance — 6 runs allowed in 8.1 innings — didn’t do anything to stem the criticism.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Los Angeles Dodgers hire ex-Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman - ESPN Los Angeles

Ironically, sources say the Dodgers’ failed pursuit of a trade for Price this past summer only heightened their admiration of Friedman. Said one source: “They always asked for the right prospects. Not just the guys everybody knows, either.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Friday, October 10, 2014

There’s a report that the Dodgers are shopping Yasiel Puig. It makes no sense. | HardballTalk

Sorry, the idea that the Dodgers might be entertaining trading Puig isn’t as crazy as some people are suggesting. Everybody knows the Dodgers have extra outfielders. Last year the Dodgers juggled Kemp/Puig/Crawford/Ethier. They also had Scott Van Slyke contributing nicely. In the minors they have Joc Pederson seemingly ready. On top of that Alex Guerrero put up a .978 OPS in the minors last year. They clearly have an logjam in the outfield. Now, I’m sure they would much rather trade one of their high-priced outfielders who isn’t putting up fantastic numbers. Sorry, that’s not really so easy. (What would the Dodgers get for Crawford and Ethier?) When you add in that Puig is seemingly a pain in the butt, is fairly cheap, and would gather a nice return in a deal, trading Puig sounds like a pretty sound idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2014 at 07:35 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, trade rumors

Puig’s Game 4 benching likely for more than just plate struggles | FOX Sports

Maybe Don Mattingly isn’t a big poopy head.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, playoffs, yasiel puig

Thursday, October 09, 2014

How will Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals seize what is left of their championship windows? - NY Daily News

If they are looking for good chemistry in the clubhouse, maybe the Dodgers should exchange Colletti for Kevin Towers.

Good luck trying to get a solid read on the mood of the current team, or Mattingly’s ability to manage the egos. During the season, Dodgers people spoke of a deep disconnect among the players, the old “25 cabs for 25 guys” syndrome and a lack of chemistry.

“I don’t think that’s how you win a championship,” said one Dodgers person.

But team chemistry is highly subjective, and others close to the situation continue to praise Mattingly for his laid-back style, and ability to handle superstar egos. The most thorny issue that arose was how to balance four established players, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier, in the outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers, ned colletti

Report: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti may be on the hot seat

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Feeling among number of #Dodgers people is that GM Colletti is on hot seat, and that ownership has softer spot for Mattingly. We shall see.

After watching that Cardinal series, Ned isn’t the one I’d be leaning toward firing.  Although he is largely responsible for constructing what turned out to be a pretty useless bullpen.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 09, 2014 at 01:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, ned colletti

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Josh Beckett Says He’s Retiring After 14 Seasons In Major Leagues | MLB | NESN.com

The prickly right-handed pitcher is walking away from baseball, as he announced his retirement Tuesday night after the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, josh beckett, marlins, red sox, retirements

Slumping Puig Benched by Dodgers for NLDS Game 4 - NYTimes.com

Puig benched. Statheads outraged!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, playoffs, yasiel puig

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Up and Adams: Cards mold NLCS berth out of Clayton

Shocking!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:36 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

Dodgers are in big trouble, and a frustrated Kemp sounds off on ump - CBSSports.com

Ultimately, the players need to overcome whatever game conditions they face.

“You’ve got to be accountable, man,” Kemp continued. “When we do bad things, we get punished. We can get sent down. When stuff like that happens, you should be gone. There should be some type of punishment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs, umpires

Cardinals Ride John Lackey and Two Home Runs to Win Over Dodgers - NYTimes.com

The veteran right-hander John Lackey wore a different shade of red last October when he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title in Game 6. His opponent that night in New England was the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that traded for him this summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fangraphs (Sullivan): What Happened to Clayton Kershaw?

Another great Jeff Sullivan article breaking down, visually, how Clayton Kershaw suffered his historic meltdown versus the Cardinals:

In Game 1 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Cardinals, Kershaw was provided with a 6-1 lead. He left a 7-6 deficit, and shortly thereafter he was charged with run number eight. You already understand that the game was insane…ut Clayton Kershaw allowed eight runs. I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to try to figure out how something like that can happen. [...]

A popular theory caught immediate fire: the Cardinals had something on Kershaw, and his signs. Basically, there’s a thought that Kershaw was tipping his pitches, giving the Cardinals the advantage of knowing what would be on the way. It’s a common explanation whenever a good pitcher gets bad results, or at least, it’s a common proposed explanation, but seldom is it supported. In this case, some players and former players believe it, and others do not. I don’t know. I’m always skeptical, but I don’t know for sure. I don’t know what the Cardinals were seeing and relaying to one another, if anything. I think, though, there’s a simpler explanation. I think Kershaw didn’t execute, and I think the Cardinals did. It’s boring, but it’s usually what works, and it’s what my eyes are telling me. Let’s go through that seventh inning at-bat by at-bat, so I can try to explain where I’m coming from.


Sunday, October 05, 2014

Dodgers get off mat, even NLDS on Kemp’s blast | MLB.com

Kemp makes a big impact.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) ready

That means the rotation comes into the postseason at full strength: Kershaw-Greinke-Ryu-Haren. Add that to a full strength lineup of Gordon-Puig-Gonzo-Kemp-Ramirez-Crawford-Uribe-Ellis with Van Slyke and Turner against lefties and woah boy, I’m excited for playoff baseball!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 02, 2014 at 10:03 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Giants Win Should Aid Favored Nationals

Hey, all. I’m back with my (crude, i.e., doesn’t take into account lineups) postseason projections for you all to tear apart. Below is a summary of my data as the LDS round begins.

Overall WS Win Likelihoods:
* WSN 19%
* LAA 19%
* LAD 18%
* BAL 14%
* DET 9%
* SFG 8%
* KCR 7%
* STL 6%

Most likely WS outcome: LAA over WSN in 7 (2.04%)

Interesting WS match-ups:
* All-Cali Series 18%
* Beltway Battle 10%
* Show Me State Showdown 2%

Check out the full link for more analysis and pretty charts.

J-Doug Posted: October 02, 2014 at 11:59 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, dodgers, giants, nationals, orioles, projections, royals, tigers, world series

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fangraphs/Cistulli: Post-trade WAR for deadline trades

What follows is a list of all those same players, sorted by their WAR totals from August and September combined — which is to say, the two-month period since the trade deadline:

Small sample sizes alert!

But interesting.  The A’s acquisitions (Samardzija, Lester, Fuld, Hammel, Gomes) added 4.3 WAR so even if you deduct the full 1.3 WAR that Cespedes gave Boston, that’s a 3 win improvement.  The M’s acquisitions (Denorfia, Morales, Jackson) put up -1.1 WAR.  I wonder if they’d like that win back.

The Yanks also did very well despite Drew—he, Headley, Prado and McCarthy totaled 4 WAR.  Price was the other big prize and Peavy and Andrew Miller were good additions.

Walt Davis Posted: September 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, deadline trades, mariners, tigers, yankees

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mets outfielder Bobby Abreu, former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, retires

I wonder what Kevin Stocker is doing now?

Bobby Abreu’s illustrious 18 year career is coming to an end. The Mets outfielder announced today that he will retire.

Over the course of his career, Abreu was one of the best hitters in baseball. He’s hit .291 in his career with a .395 on-base percentage. This season, only Victor Martinez, Andrew McCutchen and Jose Bautista have posted an OBP higher than that.

Abreu signed with the Mets in April and has had two stints with them this season—his last stop in a career that began in Houston, then seven years in Philadelphia, then the Yankees, then the Dodgers and Angels.

Abreu was an All-Star in 2004 and 2005, and won a Gold Glove in 2005 as well.

He told reporters he would eventually like to become a hitting coach.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, bobby abreu, dodgers, mets, phillies, rays, yankees

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Clayton Kershaw Is A Goddamn Wizard

He certainly is.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2014 at 06:18 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Clayton Kershaw ties career high with 21st win as Dodgers win NL West

LOS ANGELES—Clayton Kershaw tied a career high with his 21st victory, Yasiel Puig homered to highlight a four-run sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title with a 9-1 victory over the second-place San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
...
Kershaw allowed one run and eight hits in eight innings, struck out 11 and walked none in his last start of the regular season, having won his final seven starts. He became the first player to lead the major leagues in ERA (1.77) in four consecutive seasons.
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Kershaw tied the game 1-1 with his first career triple in the fifth, scoring Crawford, who got hit in the left foot by a pitch and then stole second. Kershaw chugged into third base standing up.

 

Yeah, the link is just a game recap, but the story is there: Dodgers win the west!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 25, 2014 at 01:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bill Plaschke apparently only hates acts of aggression when Yasiel Puig is involved

This morning we saw Bill Plaschke get the vapors over Yasiel Puig “clearing benches, raising tempers, risking everything” in “a first-inning plunking incident that nearly started a brawl.” This was bad, see, because the brawl could’ve injured someone or gotten someone suspended and represented an irresponsible loss of cool. Bad, Puig. BAD, BAD Puig!


Dodgers beat Giants after Bumgarner hits Puig and benches clear

Although the Giants came back against Zack Greinke in the third inning when Bumgarner hit a two-run homer, they got no closer in a 4-2 victory for the Dodgers, who lowered their magic number to 1 to clinch the NL West. Cy Young contender Clayton Kershaw can lead the Dodgers to their fifth division title in 11 seasons Wednesday in the series finale.
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Puig hit the dirt when the pitch hit his foot, looked at Bumgarner, then the two exchanged words and the scrum was on. Puig had been hit by a Jake Peavy pitch in the first inning on Monday night and leads the Dodgers in HBPs with 12, twice as many as any teammate.

Fun game last night.  Some fake tough guy stuff, early fireworks, a pitcher hitting a home run which is always fun.  Kershaw goes for the kill tonight.

Justin Turner has been awesome, thank you New York.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 24, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fake tough guy, giants, madison bumgarner, yaisel puig

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It’s quite the turnaround for Angels and General Manager Jerry Dipoto

“Last year was not a great year. From a roster-building standpoint, I made a lot of mistakes. From a quality-of-product-on-the-field standpoint, the first five months of the season were awful.”

That the Angels emerged as the team with the best record in the major leagues this season — and that Moreno picked up Dipoto’s 2015 option two months ago — is yet another reminder to ignore the headlines at the winter meetings. Winning the winter wins you nothing.

The inspiring story of how one man spent millions of another man’s money, then spent even more to correct the mistakes he spent money on before.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mariners

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