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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Dodgers - Acquired Baez
Los Angeles Dodgers - Acquired P Danys Baez and P Lance Carter from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for P Edwin Jackson and P Chuck Tiffany. Signed P Aaron Sele to a minor-league contract.
I think the Devil Rays missed the boat somewhat here. While Baez isn’t that good and Edwin Jackson is still young enough to turn things around, I think they could have gotten more for the former if they hadn’t held out for the moon. They won’t miss Baez too much, if new ownership/management proves to be more capable and creative than the old Synergetic Dumbass Collective and the Devil Ray farm system hasn’t produced interesting pitching prospects with anywhere near the success of position player prospects.
This isn’t a bad move by the Dodgers here. It’ll take a lot of patience to get playing value out of Jackson and Tiffany (if it even ever happens) and McCourt has shown indications this winter that he likes the sound of long-term, sober planning a lot more than actually have to undertake it. Short-term hotshotting or not, the Dodgers did sign every bit of talent that they could lure to LA with paychecks and could very easily win 90 games, enough to win a very weak Western division. It won’t be a pretty team and will, in fact, look quite ugly at times, but it could be enough. One of the sore points is a very thin bullpen and this does help the team in that department in 2006.
The team also signed Aaron Sele to a minor-league deal, which is just terrible. No, it doesn’t cost them anything, but one of the tenets of putting together a winning team is “Never put Aaron Sele in a position to play for your team.” Like Scott Erickson last year, there’s no series of events that would lead to Sele being useful and, in fact, I think Sele would do a lot to derail the playoff hopes of a AAA franchise.
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