Below is a complete list of every trade orchestrated by Dodgers GM Ned Colletti through September 1, 2012. This is the most complete and accurate list of all the trades completed during the Ned Colletti era on the web.
Colletti became the 10th General Manager in Los Angeles Dodgers history and the 5th General Manager for the team in the past 8 years when he was hired prior to the start of the 2006 season. He came in replacing Paul DePodesta, when he was fired after a very disappointing 2005 season. In his first ever trade as Dodgers GM, Colletti traded headcase Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez to the Oakland Athletics for Andre Ethier. So much for Moneyball eh Billy Beane?
There is no denying that Colletti has made some very questionable trades since his arrival to Los Angeles. However, landing AndreÂ was Ethier either the luckiest move ever, or he really did his homework, and stole Ethier right from under Beane’s nose. That was by far his best move, but Colletti has had some other brilliant moments, especially when he landed Manny Ramirez in 2008, only giving up Andy LaRoche. One of my other personal favorites was the Juan Pierre for Jon Link and John Ely trade. That one worked out pretty well. Ely was just named PCL Pitcher of the Year as a member of the Albuquerque Isotopes. Winning.
Colletti also acquired Alex Castellanos for Rafael Furcal, who was done in Los Angeles, with the Dodgers ready to start the Dee Gordon experiment. That brings us to 2012, the year where Colletti acquired Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, Brandon League, Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, and Josh Beckett. Of course the Dodgers gave up some quality prospects to make that happen, but the top 3 prospects were still with the Dodgers organization after the dust settled on all those trades. Job well done? I tend to lean on the side of yes.
Before 2012 we saw Colletti give away players like Cody Ross, Edwin Jackson, Carlos Santana, Josh Bell, James McDonald, and Trayvon Robinson. How many of those guys would you like to have on the Dodgers current roster right now? Just sayin’! The sad part is we have nothing to show for Ross, Jackson, Santana, Bell, or McDonald. At least we got three decent prospects for Robinson. Tough pill to swallow, no doubt.
Sure the Dodgers found success in 2008 and 2009, due in large part to Colletti. But along the way were some very bad baseball decisions.
The Dodgers of 2011 barely put together a winning season going 82-79, finishing 11.5 games out of first place. A season filled with Frank McCourt and all of his reality series drama led to a very frustrating season for fans. From the brutally public divorce, the embarrassing battle with Bud Selig, the bankruptcy, and his eventual agreement to sell the team. The Dodgers were plagued with all sorts of misfortune in 2011. There were a few bright spots for the Dodgers though, the MVP caliber season turned in by Matt Kemp, and watching Clayton Kershaw dominate the National League, and eventually win his first Cy Young. Perhaps the brightest spots though was the way Colletti and Mattingly committed to the youth of the franchise. Going with players like Justin Sellers, Jerry Sands, Nate Eovaldi, and Javy Guerra. In years past we would have seen Ronnie Belliard, Scott Podsednik, and Octavio Dotel brought in at the deadline. Yuck! The Dodgers found a ton of success in the second half going 41-28 after the All-Star break. But the season was considered a huge disappointment as the Dodgers failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. To make matters worse the Dodgers had one of the highest payrolls in baseball at a whopping $119MM. This winter Colletti has fallen right back to his old ways as we have seen the signings of a few old men and a complete waste of $24MM.
On March 26, 2012 the Dodgers were purchased by Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, and Guggenheim Baseball for a record-setting $2.2BB. It officially began a new era for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and with Collettiâ€™s history as GM for the Dodgers having mixed reviews to say the least, most fans and insiders believed Colletti would be sent packing. Immediately upon the new ownership groupâ€™s arrival, they made it very clear Colletti will be given a chance to really manage this franchise. Something that for the last 5 months Colletti has done very well. Collettiâ€™s first big order of business in the Guggenheim era was extendingÂ Andre EthierÂ to a five-year $85MM deal. Itâ€™s impossible to ignore everything that Colletti has done to the Dodgers during the McCourt era, but with the new owners around itâ€™s also hard to argue that Colletti is solely to blame. Colletti has made some bad judgment calls along the way, no doubt. Looking back though, I tend to believe Colletti was handcuffed into a lot of the decisions that were made. It’s easy to point the finger at McCourt for a lot of those bad trades, but looking at what Colletti has pulled off in 2012, I just think it came down to money, and McCourt didn’t have any. So Colletti was forced to part with better prospects in efforts of trying to win the division. Tough spot to be in. Sure glad those days are over.
You will see once you dive in that Colletti has made a few good trades. But the far more of the majority has been one bad baseball decision after another. Some very big names that would really help this team right now, gone, and nothing to show for it. 2012 was a big success in my opinion, no matter what the outcome of the season is. The Dodgers are built to win now, but there is still a lot of work to be done. This winter will be Collettiâ€™s first, real true test, with rectifying the two-year deals given to Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano, Jerry Hairston, and Mark Ellis. There is certainly a logjam in the starting rotation with Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, and Josh Beckett under contract already. Sadly that rotation isn’t going to cut it. Three lefties for crying out loud! What is Colletti thinking?
So, Lilly should and will likely be traded this winter. Dodgers will eat some cash, and get some prospects in return. If Billingsley has Tommy John surgery, this could get much worse, so fingers crossed there. I think the Dodgers have to trade Lilly and Harang regardless to be able to really upgrade the rotation. We can’t have three lefties in the rotation, that is just ridiculous. I don’t really care if it’s Capuano or Lilly at this point, but one of them has got to go. Harang could be used as the imaginary sixth starter, just a fat waste of money in my opinion. I would like to see John Ely if that’s the case. The Dodgers have $188.68MM committed to the 2013 payroll already, so a few trades are definitely going to be in the works.
The infield is even more of a mess, Mark Ellis, Juan Uribe, Jerry Hairston, and Nick Punto are already under contract. Then you have Hanley Ramirez, Luis Cruz, and Dee Gordon. Ummmmm…hello McFly…think!
Those two-year deals to Ellis and Hairston aren’t looking so smart now are they Ned? Sheesh! So, it’s easy to say toss the garbage out, but I just don’t see the Dodgers doing it. Uribe is immovable at this point, so we are just stuck with him. I am sure he cleared waivers with a chuckle from around the league this season. I don’t really see how we can sit Cruz at this point, the kid is just too good. Moving Hanley back to shortstop was a huge mistake in my opinion, so hopefully we move him back to third, and put Gordon back at shortstop. Yes. Gordon back as the starting shortstop. You can’t expect for him to develop in one season, you could say the Dodgers rushed him a bit, so growing pains are to be expected. Put the kid back at short and roll with the punches. You can not develop young players if they are sitting on the bench. Putting him back in the minors? We already know he can hit down there, so what good does that do? So Hanley to third, Dee to short, and start Cruz at second. That leaves Ellis, Punto, Uribe, Hairston for the bench. Yikes! Can we get a do-over? Logjam in the middle infield. Couple trades should do the trick though. Curious to think if the Dodgers will explore a Dee Gordon trade this winter?
So here is it is, the complete list of all of all of Ned Colletti’s trades. Take a look. Post your thoughts in the comments section. Do you think Ned deserves that extension the Dodgers just handed him?
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