Here is a team vs. team comparison of basically what we have given up to get where we are today. Colletti has traded away some of the organizations top prospects at one point and yes at times he got very little in return. Here is my take; Colletti read this thing perfectly and got solid veterans that proved to provide help and depth to the club during the final stretches of the season and during the playoffs. There isn’t one player on that Cast Outs that is an upgrade over the current 2009 roster except for Edwin Jackson, maybe.
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Lets talk about a couple players that are under constant debate Carlos Santana who is now on the Indians and the top 3rd overall catching prospect according to Baseball America. We got Casey Blake for the young stud, and in case you missed it Blake was a key factor in us reaching the NLCS in over 20 years. His 2009 stats are quite impressive as well and on pace for a veteran stud of a season. Santana is blocked by the best catcher in the majors and we have Ellis and May waiting on the farm as well. If Martin wasn’t a Dodger this would be as big of a deal as you Colletti haters make it out to be.
Andy Laroche the biggest and most over hyped prospect since Joel Guzman. This guy will never be Evan Longoria or David Wright. With that being said this guy brought over Manny and if anyone tries to dispute the brilliance of this trade you are wasting your time.
The majority of the trades have been complete washes. The majority of the players are no longer on the team. Now just to drive home a point quickly lets just say you take all the key prospects we have casted out for just three players, Manny, Blake, and Ethier. Colletti wins guys face it, he has revamped a losing team into a dominant force to be taken seriously.
Colletti is not some superhero who has saved the day either. I think when it comes to trades Colletti gets an “A” hands down. Now let’s evaluate signings and releases for a moment. Jason Schmidt, Andruw Jones, and Juan Pierre have cost over 1 billion dollars. This is a complete failure and most fans and critics can’t seem to let it go. Unless a World Series ring comes under the Colletti Era this is what he will be remembered for. Not Manny, and not the 2008 NLCS, this trio of players that could have been the demise of the Dodgers for several years. How McCourt has been able to swallow that and turn this team into a contender is beyond me. We have also lost Jayson Werth and Joel Hanrahan and this is due to a bad judgement call on Colletti’s part. Werth would be a solid 4th starter and Hanrahan would be an upgrade to anyone but Wade in the bullpen. Ned has brought in guys like Nomar, Furcal, Saito, and Kuroda as well. This one is much harder to decipher, but when the dust settles here Ned gets a C and this could have been much worse.
Overall Colletti has lowered payroll somehow and put a championship caliber team on the field simultaneously. This team is leaps and bounds better than the team from 2005 that cost DePodesta his job. Sure some mistakes have been made along the way along with several bad judgement calls. The bottom line is the Dodgers are a winning team and showing early signs of repeating as NL West champs. Colletti is not the best GM in baseball but he deserves some credit and slack from the critics and fans. The question has to be asked what would our team look like if Colletti wasn’t GM? Thoughts anyone?