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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Dodgers - Signed Lofton

Los Angeles Dodgers - Signed CF Kenny Lofton to a 1-year deal.

Lofton should be an acceptable stopgap this year for the Dodgers.  It does make sense to go for it considering what a weak division is and if Colletti can add a bunch of old players without giving up LaRoche or Guzman or others, more power to him.  Lofton won’t replace Bradley’s offense though, and to be honest, not really the defense either at this point.  If the Dodgers have another injury-filled disappointing season, McCourt, the MC of Short Attention Span Theater, is going to throw a serious temper tantrum. 

2006 ZiPS Projection - Kenny Lofton
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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378 47 100 14 5   3 37 29 49 15 .265 .320 .352

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 20, 2005 at 09:59 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. rr Posted: December 20, 2005 at 10:21 PM (#1786958)
Coletti's Sabeanization of the Dodgers continues. And in the NL West, it might work.
   2. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 20, 2005 at 10:26 PM (#1786975)
I'll take the over on that .320 OBP projection. Even in Dodger Stadium, Lofton should be able to do better with both walk rate and batting average.
   3. 1k5v3L Posted: December 20, 2005 at 10:39 PM (#1787012)
Of course, Little will fail to platoon Lofton, so that'll take a bite out of his batting average. And my guess is Little will leaves him on the hill for 17 straight innings in a blowout too...

Lofton would've been a very nice one year solution for AZ, but supposedly the Dodgers gave him a lot more money than the Dbacks offered, and Lofton didn't want to be platooned with Terrero...

Here's hoping Lofton strains his hammies on April 17th and misses 3 months.
   4. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: December 20, 2005 at 10:43 PM (#1787020)
If the Dodgers have another injury-filled disappointing season, McCourt, the MC of Short Attention Span Theater, is going to throw a serious temper tantrum.

How would this be different than what we're seeing now?
   5. 1k5v3L Posted: December 20, 2005 at 10:46 PM (#1787031)
Supposedly, according to Gambadoro of the AZ Republic (who's the Peter Gammons of wild rumors, without the excellent spitting technique), the Dbacks have brought in Jeff DaVannon for a physical and are expected to sign him to a 2 year deal. I don't believe DaVannon will get that much.

My question to LA area fans: how is DaVannon's defense in CF?
   6. rr Posted: December 20, 2005 at 10:49 PM (#1787037)
Here's hoping <strike>Lofton</strike> levski strains his <strike>hammies</strike> wrists on <strike>April 17th</strike> December 20th and <strike>misses</strike> can't post for 3 months.
   7. rr Posted: December 20, 2005 at 10:49 PM (#1787039)
"sprains" would be better I guess.

just kidding, BTW. Assume you were, too.
   8. 1k5v3L Posted: December 20, 2005 at 11:03 PM (#1787090)
Of course I was kidding, robinred. Lofton doesn't need my wishes to get hurt. :)

Anyhow, daVannon, CF defense, anyone?
   9. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: December 20, 2005 at 11:07 PM (#1787100)
DMB says DaVanon has average range in center, plus in the corners, and a plus arm. Most descriptions I've read are less complementary, but I've liked the little I've seen. I'd rather have him than Lofton.
   10. 1k5v3L Posted: December 20, 2005 at 11:15 PM (#1787121)
Thanks, Der K-s. That's music to my ears.

And a message to Lofton's hammies:

Oh, snap!
   11. Dan Szymborski Posted: December 20, 2005 at 11:17 PM (#1787130)
I gave DaVanon an AV in CF as well for 2006. If it happens, it's a terrific pickup - he won't be expensive and you can't ask for a better 4th outfielder.
   12. 1k5v3L Posted: December 20, 2005 at 11:22 PM (#1787149)
Thanks, Dan. AZ needs someone who bats left handed, is better than Green in CF, and can get on base at a decent clip. I'll take a DaVannon/Terrero platoon if the money is right (and this is assuming Gambadoro is right, which isn't a given--he might've been thinking of David Newhan for all I know)...
   13. Sweet Posted: December 21, 2005 at 12:56 AM (#1787280)
So what's the Dodger's lineup now?

Lofton
Furcal
Drew
Kent
Nomar
Mueller
Werth/Ledee
Navarro

Well, it's certainly shiny.
   14. 1k5v3L Posted: December 21, 2005 at 12:58 AM (#1787284)

Well, it's certainly shiny.


That's certainly a lot of shiners. Which, in the case of Drew, Nomar, Werth, etc, etc. means automatic 15 day DL trips.
   15. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 21, 2005 at 01:37 AM (#1787327)
Werth/Ledee

No Cruz? Anyway, Lofton should outperform ZIPS. He has been inconsistent over the past few seasons, but never that bad and was very good last year.

Robinred, I can not wish an injury on a fellow human being. I do, however, hope that Levski realizes that he is not funny and stops posting.
   16. 1k5v3L Posted: December 21, 2005 at 01:46 AM (#1787349)
Well, Gagne is in high spirits tonight. Molson? LaBatt?

That looks like a very respectable lineup. Big problem is really the lack of home run power. Aside from Drew and Kent, I don't see 20 home run guys in there. And I don't believe that smallball really thrives at the Ravine, despite what common wisdom would have you believe. And half of that lineup may start the season on the DL, after a couple of spring training split squad games.

At least the Dodgers haven't traded any of their really good prospects yet, and their farm is still one of the best in the business (even if just a bit overhyped). As long as Colletti doesn't try to imitate Sabean in every aspect of the game and doesn't trade the future for one year of a very unhappy catcher, the Dodgers should be finishing second/third in the West for years.
   17. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: December 21, 2005 at 06:19 AM (#1787751)
I think gagne_55 needs to... ok must... post a rap about levski.
   18. Dolph Lungren's Super Friend Posted: December 21, 2005 at 06:29 AM (#1787764)
And a message to Lofton's hammies:

Oh, snap!


I thought this was hilarious.

I've always been a big fan of Lofton, since he played at Arizona and then with the Tucson Toros, I think he'll do better than the .320 OBP projected for him.

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