Jan 232014
 

The grass was not greener in Seattle. Not by a long shot; just ask Chone Figgins. After a stellar career with Angels, Chone Figgins pulled a Adrian Beltre and jumped ship from So-Cal to Seattle.

Well now that that’s all over, the Los Angeles Dodgers are taking an absolutely zero risk by signing Chone to a minor league contact, in hopes that he’ll compete for a bench position. Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers are expected to be his main competition for in infield, but Chone also has plenty of playing time in the outfield, making him a bit more versatile.

The only problem with Chone is he hasn’t played at the major league level since 2012. And… when he did play at the major league level he hit just .181 in 166 at-bats. Oh yeah he also didn’t make the cut to play for his home town Miami Marlins in 2013.

In conclusion, Figgins is not a risk to the Dodgers, as long as he remains in the minors.

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Dec 142013
 

Clubhouse favorite and recent fan favorite Juan Uribe has agreed to a 2-Year $15 million dollar contract with the Dodgers. uribe_juan

The pudgy, lovable Uribe was solid defensively in 2013 at the hot corner after two years of injury riddled seasons. This is a great signing for the Dodgers as they didn’t have to dip into their nearly depleted farm system in a trade, kept a low risk, short term contract and added little payroll to their bottomless pit of cash.

This move isn’t just about Uribe, as it is about top prospect Corey Seager, the brother of INF Kyle Seager of Seattle. The infielder is still a couple seasons away from being big league ready, but when September call-ups or injury come up Uribe should be a fine mentor to Seager. By that time, Uribe would likely be at the very end of his career, making it a perfect transition to hand over the position.

Michael Young was also rumored to be an option at third, but that seemed to be a bit of a ploy to encourage Juan to make the move to the Dodgers, where he is very well liked. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Dodgers are post-season favorites, as opposed to the Marlins or White Sox, who were also interested in the soon to be 35 year old.

With the starting infield position locked, the Dodgers will now focus on their bench. After seeing Skip Schumaker fly to the Reds and Nick Punto to the A’s, the Dodgers are still working with Mark Ellis, perhaps Michael Young, the latter of the two has experience at third base.

The debate of Hanley Ramirez who is looking at an extension this year, to be moved to third base is now over. Dee Gordon offers some good trade bait and has proven he is all but ready to take even a backup short stop position given his poor fielding ability. To me, Mark Ellis seems like a logical signing. Veteran player, great clubhouse guy and can really handle both middle infield positions. Hanley is injury prone, so someone familiar with the position needs to be available, it should only be a matter of time before terms are made.

Dec 032013
 

The eccentric wild haired hurler Brian Wilson may be back in Dodger Blue. Talks broke down between Wilson and the Tigers, so he turned back to his former club where he sported a sub 1.00 ERA and shows signs of his former dominant closer self throughout his tenure.

He's not creepy.

He’s not creepy.

The Dodgers don’t need any more “closers” in the bullpen, as their current one is pretty awesome, in Kenley Jansen. Brandon League, the former closer, is making closer money, but has been almost completely banished from any competitive games. Keeping Brian Wilson in the 8th makes the 8-9th inning punch one of the best in baseball. It also doesn’t hurt to have a quality closer as a backup in case of injury or rest.

Filling in the other remaining relief innings will no longer be done by Ronald Belisario, as he was not tenured like fellow pitchers Jansen and Clayton Kershaw. Getting over the loss of Belly won’t take much time; not only was his terribly inconsistent the last season, he never makes spring training on time, which is annoying. The last two years Ronald would show up weeks late to spring training for visa issues, then start the season behind schedule and out of shape. A near 4.00 ERA last season is something the Dodgers don’t need, especially with other other young, more reliable hard throwers in the bullpen in Onelki Garcia, Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez, who’s fastballs ring the bell of the latest Hunger Games movie by “catching fire.”

Dropping Belly, not grabbing Johnson from the Orioles make plenty of room for Wilson to return. Let’s hope the Dodgers bundle League and someone else to grab another piece of the puzzle.

 12/03/2013  Posted by at 12:11 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors, Transactions 1 Response »
Nov 252013
 

The Dodgers are following the advice of Adrian Gonzalez and focusing on home field advantage. How are they doing that? Shore up the 4th and eventually 5th spot in the rotation. Dodgers add RHP Dan Haren on a 1-year contract worth $10 million. The southern California native, can also earn up to additional $3 million in performance bonuses.dh

Although last season wasn’t anything to brag about, Haren adds a lot of depth to the rotation, since Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley are question marks.

Prone to the long ball, Dodger stadium certainly won’t hurt them (just ask Dodger hitters), he should work just fine. Keep in mind, along with an experience arm, he will be partnered up with a great game calling catcher in AJ Ellis and a superb pitching coach in Rick Honeycutt who will certainly study and fine tune Haren’s mechanics so help avoid injury.

Haren will hold down the 4th spot for now as the Dodgers are still in pursuit of spoken for Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka. That won’t move an inch until Japanese and MLB executives work out a deal to break the pile up of players as they need to work out a new posting system.

By the way, in 31 games, Haren finished with a 10-14 record, 4.67 ERA and a whopping 28 home runs given. Yikes.

Sep 022013
 

So the dust has settled on the Michael Young trade. With a day or so to reflect on the trade, I still find it utterly pointless. Why the Dodgers brought in another over-priced declining infielder, for what exactly? Not one clue. I got nothing over here. It wasn’t to be the starting third baseman, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says Juan Uribe is still the team’s starting third baseman and Young will see time at both corner infield positions, according to Bill Shaikin. Yep, you are still scratching your head, awesome, right?

From Michael Young’s perspective it’s a no-brainer. Why not waive your no-trade clause and play for the Dodgers? The Dodgers are heavy favorites to make the playoffs in 2013, the Phillies, not so much.

It’s not a bad deal for the Dodgers. Just unnecessary. The Dodgers get Michael Young to the Dodgers for minor-league pitcher Rob Rasmussen, the Dodgers just overpaid. Rasmussen is way too much for a bench player. Ridiculous Colletti shenanigans. Philadelphia is also paying the Dodgers about $1.7MM – the amount the Phillies were still due to receive from the Rangers as part of their original trade for Young in December.  That’s a plus. I suppose he’s better than Nick Punto. So that’s a plus.

It’s certainly not a bad deal. Giving up Rasmussen is definitely too much, but it’s not like he was going to be cracking the big leagues anytime soon. Young will be able to make an immediate impact,  and he might just be the best veteran bench player in the league. Young is well regarded as clubhouse guy and great teammate. Young is a winner, the Dodgers are winners. So maybe this one will work out after all.

 09/02/2013  Posted by at 4:13 pm Dodgers News, Transactions 5 Responses »