Dec 102012

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Dodgers “are finished in the market for starting pitching.” Unless the unexpected happens of course. This obviously crushes Anibal Sanchez‘s dreams of winning the World Series with the Dodgers next year. The Dodgers were known to have interest in free agent right-hander Anibal Sanchez even after inking a record-setting six-year, $147MM contract with Zack Greinke, but then the Dodgers added$61.7MM to the starting pitching budget by signing the Korean phenom Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Also falling to backburner is Kevin Youkilis, as the Dodgers seem to have soured on the former AL All-Star, according to Nick Cafardo. Youkilis wasn’t my first pick either, so I am not a bit upset that we aren’t wasting money on this guy. Luis Cruz is slotted to open the season as the starting third baseman. But that’s not all folks, the Dodgers are still in the market for a starting infielder, according to Jon Heyman. He adds that Youkilis is no longer on the Dodgers’ radar. The Dodgers certainly have some trade chips to work with so anything is possible at this point.

The days of thinking small in Dodgertown are officially over. What’s next? That’s the million dollar question now isn’t it?

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Dec 072012

The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t seem to catch a break so far this winter as they are still awaiting on Zack Greinke‘s decision. The winter’s top prize seems like he will be signing with the Rangers any day now. The Dodgers are willing to pony up a record setting amount of money to make Grienke the richest pitcher in baseball, however, it doesn’t seem like Greinke wants to pitch for the Dodgers to me. If he wanted to play for the Dodgers wouldn’t he have signed as soon as the Dodgers attempted to show him the money. Some blame it on taxes, some blame the Dodgers for not wanting to include a no-trade clause, I just don’t think Greinke wants to be a Dodger.

Negotiations with Ryu-Hyun Jin haven’t gone much better as the Dodgers still seem far apart in reaching a deal. The deadline to reach a deal is less than 48 hours away, so it’s crunch time fellas. It looks like talks are going to go right down to the wire and the Dodgers are becoming less optimistic that a deal gets done.

The Dodgers are still keeping tabs on Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse, James Shields, and their trade options regarding R.A. Dickey and James Shields. I’m sure there are plenty more as well. No talks of David Price, so I am officially debunking that rumor. I haven’t found a reliable source on that yet. No C.C. Sabathia either. I will say that a lot of speculation is growing that the Dodgers are talking a Dee Gordon for Felix Hernandez trade scenario, but at this point it is just speculation.

The Dodgers are still looking for a left-handed reliever after losing Randy Choate to the Cardinals. I am good with Scott Elbert and Paco Rodriguez until one or both of them show they aren’t capable of handling the job.

The Dodgers are also still looking for an outfielder, a solid bench/utility player, and remain intent on putting an All-Star at every position. So what about Emilio Bonifacio? I like the way he would fit in with the Dodgers current roster. That’s my out of the box thought for the day. Not a big fan of the Skip Schumaker rumors yet, maybe he could grow on me, but I just don’t see it. I’m still reeling at the loss of Alfredo Silverio yesterday, not happy about this, not one bit.

Nov 062012

The Dodgers are already in hot pursuit of Zack Greinke, Hiroki Kuroda, and James Shields, now enter Anibal Sanchez. The Dodgers figure to be the busiest team in free agency this winter. The Dodgers have money to spend and are not willing to settle for anything less than a World Series in 2013.

The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly under contract for 2013. However, I fully expect at least one of Beckett, Capuano, Harang to be needed. I also fully expect Ted Lilly’s time in Los Angeles to come to an end.

Sanchez, 28, went 9-13 posting a 3.86 ERA and adding 167 strikeouts in 195.2 innings for the Marlins and Tigers. Like Greinke he was traded midseason and was ineligible for a qualifying offer. This means teams won’t have to surrender a draft pick to sign Greinke or Sanchez, putting them very high on the Dodgers’ wishlist.

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Sep 062012

Just when things couldn’t get any worse, wham! Billingsley is officially shut down for the rest of the season. Billingsley was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday night and consequently ended his 2012 season. Billingsley, who is suffering from a partial UCL tear, was originally placed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 25, had a second platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday and the right-hander will begin a throwing program in two weeks.

If the second plasma injection doesn’t heal the partial tear, Billingsley will have to go under the knife to repair the UCL tear. Billingsley would have to have Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire 2013 season. Losing Billingsley for the playoff run may prove to be the final blow to this playoff contending Dodger team, and losing him for all of 2013 would mean finding a replacement. Say what you want, but Billingsley is one of the best pitchers in the game, and replacing is 2.8 WAR is not as easy as you would think.  The good news is the upcoming free agent class is pretty deep, so the Dodgers should not have any trouble upgrading their rotation this winter.

I would also expect the Dodgers to turn back to Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez talks this winter. But should things not work out there, the Dodgers have a long list of free agents to pick from; Ryan Dempster, James Shields (club option), Jake Peavy (club option), Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, and Colby Lewis are some of the better options. Of course the Dodgers could also bring back Joe Blanton, who is also an impending free agent.  The Blanton experiment  hasn’t had a lot of success so it would not surprise me if the Dodgers try something new.

I fear the worst for Chad and the beard, especially with the Dodgers trying to downplay the situation. I would fully expect Billingsley to have surgery and look to bounce back in his final season before being eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

Billingsley, 28, had agreed to a three-year, $35 million extension last year that keeps him signed through 2014, with a $14 million club option for 2015. He finishes the season with a record of  10-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts, going 6-0 and giving up just six runs in six starts after missing his first post-All-Star break start with a small trip to the DL for an unrelated elbow injury. Billingsley has been stellar after his inconsistent first-half of the season, getting back in his lights out groove as the Dodgers reliable number two pitcher in the rotation. That spot will now go to Josh Beckett who has big-game experience and a solid track record, not to mention a World Series ring.