I’d like to pretend that this season didn’t happen and that our rivals didn’t win the World Series… *closes eyes* ….Okay, I guess that didn’t work as well as I hoped. *cough* Congrats *cough* to the World Champs *mumble mumble, cough, sniff* yeah!
Enough of that! It is now officially the off-season and we’re all very sad that there is no baseball to watch! I’m counting down the days until spring training to visit Camelback and watch my boys do what they do best, which is play some ball! However, the Dodgers concern isn’t with spring training just yet. What is of biggest concern to our ball club is the roster. We have a lot of players who are eligible for free agency this year, some players who are up for raises through arbitration, player options and freed up salary for next year. I will break down the Dodgers’ options. A lot of moves need to be made if we’re looking to win a World Series in the next decade (which we should be!)
Ted Lilly- After his stellar performance last year since moving to the club that he’s dreamed of playing for since childhood, it was only proper to re-sign the California native. He’s signed to a 3-year $33 million dollar deal. Along with Kershaw & Billingsley, he is the only certainty we have in our rotation.
Jay Gibbons- Signed a 1-year contract for $650,000. Provides middle of the line-up run support and possible left-fielder position.
Scott Podsednik- Declined his 2011 option, which would have landed him $2 million.
Possible Free Agents
Hiroki Kuroda- Was struggling in the beginning, but came into his own during the second-half. Possibly the veteran pitcher Ned will sign.
Vicente Padilla- Pitched a hell of a season before getting injured before the playoff push. Possible veteran pitcher to be signed, but being prone to injuries may make it unlikely. I would like to see him come back. I mean, if he could keep up with CC in the NYY series, why not?
Rod Barajas- Insurance behind the plate seeing as Russell Martin finds himself on the injury list. Ned mentioned he wanted to sign him before the club lost exclusive negotiation rights.
Reed Johnson, Jeff Weaver- Doesn’t seem like Dodgers are yes or no about these two. Don’t add or take away from the team. I say let them go and get better pitchers!
Loney- Had a second half slump. Overall, he has a general lack of power. Defensively, he’s a gem, but we desperately need the offense!
Kuroda vs Padilla
Kuroda will cost us $15 mil and Padilla will cost us $5 mil
Left fielder- Can be filled by Gibbons or another player to have 4 OF
Infielders- 1st base power, 2nd base is locked down by Carroll since Theriot hit a slump, 3rd base power. Casey Blake isn’t cutting it. I’m not fearing the beard here.
Catching- Rod City seems to be working, we’ll see how he does in training if he’s signed.
Pitching- Veteran starter and veteran reliever needed to round out the bullpen. Broxton needs major work.
$10 million is freed up from last year’s payroll
Names Being Mentioned (Pulled these from other blogs, articles, and even fan comments)
- Prince Fielder
- Adrian Gonzalez
- Dan Uggla
- Ivan De Jesus
- Adam Dunn
Personally, I think we need all need to take one for the team and develop our farm system. LA is NOT going to win a world series with short-term fixes. Look at what the Giants have done. They are all Farm Boys! Sorry to say it, but we’re not buying our way to a World Series. We are not the Yankees. Way too much money has already been spent and it hasn’t gotten us anywhere, but I’d like to hear some of your thoughts.
Figured I’d bring back the “Wait ’til next year” motto that Dem Brooklyn Bums adopted. However, for us, it may be YEARS from now. We need to re-build this franchise. It means building from the bottom up. Strong foundation. Working with our prospects (instead of trading them away). We’re going to be ridiculed for having crappy everything regardless. So, I say we take another 3 or 4 crappy years and come back with a team that rivals this year’s Giants and last year’s Yankees. What do you say?
Also, don’t forget to vote for Kuo, Belliard, & Dodgers Ballboy in the TYIB awards!
Until next time, think blue!
I have to say that ever since the 2009 NLCS Game 1 vs. the Cardinals, Padilla has been one of my favorite pitchers to watch. He has such finesse on the mound and pitches so gracefully, I’m literally in awe anytime I watch him. I was introduced to his slow 52mph curve during that game.
Yesterday, Padilla threw 9 shutout innings (yes, that number is correct) in a 9-0 victory against 1st place NL rivals, Padres. He threw 4-5 slow curve balls, better known to the fans who listen to Vin Scully as “soap bubble” pitches. These babies go as slow at 50 mph on a good release. It has hitters confused like no other! They usually stare at it or swing away like it’s tee ball! Padilla not only helped on the mound, but also offensively. He scored an RBI single in the 7th to up the lead from 4-0 to 5-0. Offense exploded to tally on 4 more runs, including a 2-run homer by Dre himself. It as a beauty of a game. First 20,000 in attendance received a beach towel (mine was recovered by my mini-plan friend so don’t worry!)
I’m glad I got to see the boys do some work. This is the team everyone is hoping to see down the stretch, especially 7 games back of the Padres, who are known to choke in August, while the Dodger are known to go on a hot streak. Plenty of more baseball left! Hold on tight.
Tomorrow is a Dodger-filled day for me! James Loney signing in the AM. He is scheduled to only be there from 12pm-1pm. I’m planning on getting there at 7am for that. Then later that night, off to the Ravine for 80’s night and a Matt Kemp poster! Can’t wait. I’ve got my outfit all ready to go. I’ll be in LFP section 311 Row A with a crazy 80’s get-up. Make sure to stop by and say hello at either place! Would love to meet some of my readers 🙂
Another great weekend ahead. Remember, one game at a time! As always, Viva Los Dodgers!
It’s like the Baseball Gods read my blog & decided to grant me a wish. Rafael Furcal will be joining his teammates Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton in the 2010 MLB All-Star Game this Tuesday, July 13th. This will be his second ASG appearance since his MLB debut. I couldn’t be happier to hear that he was given the opportunity (though I do wish Jose Reyes NYM a speedy recovery). I’m glad he is being recognized in this manner. I will quote some of the fan comments from the Dodgers website about the news. They just describe him so well!
“You really deserve this after all you’ve been through…”
“Raffy has been the veteran backbone of this team…”
“I’m sure your dad will be proud and so are we.”
“A just reward for a player who has persevered over adversity…”
“When Furcal was playing for the Braves, I watched him turn a bunt into a double…”
“He is the key to the Dodgers’ lineup.”
“Seriously a well-deserved honor…”
Cubbies maul the Dodgers: Ely’s short outing earned him the L in yesterday’s game, as the Dodgers were unable to capitalize and lost 7-3 against Chicago Cubs. Dodgers send Padilla to the mound today (5pm) to close out strong before the All-Star break. He is 2-1 in his last three starts, giving up just 3 runs in 20 1/3 innings and striking out 21. I’m hoping to see another great outing! It’ll be a good game. I’m looking for tickets now, so hope to see you there!
Blogger Support: Roberto did me the great honor of shouting out my blog on his blog (love the blogger-blogger love/support) so if you don’t follow his blog already, check it out: Vin Scully Is My Homeboy
Until next time,
Arriba Los Doyers!
[Addendum: Looks like God is a Dodgers fan! Hong-Chi Kuo has been named a 2010 All-Star! Although he replaces Jason Heyward due to injury, we’re glad he was the one. He will be the first Taiwanese-born player ever to be an All-Star. Congrats Hong-Chi! You definitely deserve it :)]