What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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It ain't Fielder or Pujols. We need pitching. Not next year, not next week. NOW! If St. Louis is really contemplating Wainwright, I'd do something for next year, but he won't help us now. I'd really pursue Chacin. The Rockies appear done. They need steady help @ 2nd & 3rd. Osuna and Mendonca and a pitching prospect or two, and I am in. And if the Dodgers are going to sell shop, and they will, as they have the weakest farm in the MLB, I go for Kershaw. Give them Engle Beltre, Christian Villanueva or Olt, Chad Tracy, Mike Bianucci, and dare I say it? Martin Perez. Proven commodity.
And if the Dodgers are going to sell shop, and they will, as they have the weakest farm in the MLB, I go for Kershaw. Give them Engle Beltre, Christian Villanueva or Olt, Chad Tracy, Mike Bianucci, and dare I say it? Martin Perez. Proven commodity.
I hate to say it, but that isn't even close to what it would take to wrangle Kershaw away from LAD.
Olt and Perez is a good start. Now, throw in another first- or second-tier prospect and one of Harrison/Holland/Ogando, and you might be onto something. Beltre/Tracy/Bianucci aren't going to move the needle in any kind of significant way.
I don't believe Kershaw goes anywhere unless a team is willing to be completely foolish in their offer. JD's hardly foolish so I definately don't see him showing up in Texas. The Dodgers do have around 40 mil possibly coming off the books if they allow Broxton, Kuroda, Rivera and Furcal to walk in addition to the elimination of Juan Pierre's contract. So they have some wiggle room but most of it will be eaten up in arbitration. I would imagine arbitration costs run somewhere in the range of 20 mil which puts the Dodgers right at 100 mil for 2012. Can they afford it? Probably not but of the three main arbitration hearings this winter Kershaw will earn the least which makes him the least likely to go. Eithier will probably be making somewhere in the range of 11 mil next year and Kemp probably upwards of 12 mil.
Since Kershaw would be exhorbitantly expensive I see the most likely trade chip being Kemp. He would demand a greater return than Ethier due to ability and position and when he hits free agency next winter it is highly unlikely the Dodgers would be able to resign him. Plus by the time Kershaw is up for free agency after the 2013 season the Dodgers should be straightened out enough financially to extend him into his early 30's. I doubt they will be ready to take on significantly more salary by the end of next year however. The situation with the McCourt family doesn't seem remotely close to a resolution.
What we need is a live chicken to sacrifice.
I've studied ancient sacrifice rituals that we can reenact if you supply the chicken.
skeletor, i'll hit up KFC, Popeye's, and Church's..... and to get straight legit.... Babe's that should assure victory
If chacin is as good as you say why would the Rockies trade him??
Chacin? Kershaw? Chacin's a 23 year old stud on a team that just traded away their ace for young pitching and is actively trying to stabilitze their rotation in the future by acquiring Wandy Rodruguez. Come on man. Pie in the sky. Now, Wandy to the Rangers? That's an idea if the FO wants to waste a bunch of money/prospects on a 3 or 4 at best. If money is not of concern and Houston will take low level prospects for him, I think it's a possibility. But if that happens, that would be a clear indication that the FO doesn't think this staff will recover.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Major League Baseball will not let the Dodgers trade Kershaw (or Kemp) as long as they still are running their affairs. This has been made abundantly clear.
The Rangers made moves while under MLB control. Not contradicting you. Just saying.
You realize players have to be passed through waivers before they can be traded, right?
Yes. Since the trade dead-line has come and gone. That's why all of this conjecture is really just minutia. My original post was a knee-jerk reaction to a combination of another disgusting loss and a few too many beers.
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I'm always amazed that folks truly expect teams to trade away uniquely gifted studs like Kershaw for less than the Teixeira trade. Kershaw, mostly due to years of control, probably costs 2X-3X what Teixeira cost, which would be 4-5 of our top prospects. People who make up trades for players who have more than 3 years of control remaining, and are already elite players, clearly don't understand baseball economics.
"I'm always amazed that folks truly expect teams to trade away uniquely gifted studs like Kershaw for less than the Teixeira trade. Kershaw, mostly due to years of control, probably costs 2X-3X what Teixeira cost, which would be 4-5 of our top prospects. People who make up trades for players who have more than 3 years of control remaining, and are already elite players, clearly don't understand baseball economics."
^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^
Though, you probably don't even have to specify baseball economics, as it is a pretty basic economic concept (supply & demand, scarcity of resources, etc.)
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