Jul 302013

According to Bob Nightengale, the Dodgers have emerged as the front runners to sign free agent Brian Wilson. The feedback from Dodger fans across the internet have this potential signing landing with mixed reviews. Rightfully so. Dodger fans have despised Brian Wilson for years, suddenly he is going to don the Dodger blue? His talent is undeniable, his track record speaks for itself, but there is something about this that doesn’t feel right.

My first question is why would we want him in Dodger blue? It’s not because of his beard, you know the one that goes far beyond ridiculous. It’s not because he is coming off a 48 saves season, that was 2010. Sure he had 36 in 2011, but he also missed a big part of the season due to injury. Then in 2012, he manages to post two innings before going down and having reconstructive elbow surgery. The Giants non-tendered him, a huge red flag, too big to be ignored? Sure the Giants are in talks for Wilson right now, but they are in last place and probably just trying to drive the price up on the Dodgers.

Wilson is also an ex-Giant, and it’s not like we have a great history with bringing ex-Giants to Los Angeles. Okay, so Jeff Kent worked out pretty well. However, Jason Schmidt and Juan Uribe should be reason enough to avoid ex-Giants until the end of time.

Wilson, 31, will be bringing his career ERA average of 3.21, his 171 career saves, and his infamous beard somewhere in the next few days. Jim Bowden adds that Wilson has narrowed his list of teams down to three, the Giants, Pirates, and Dodgers. Wilson is negotiating in the offer/counter stage, but prepare yourselves for the Dodgers to sign him folks. Will it be the Dodgers, Giants, or Pirates? Could a mystery team sweep in at the last minute? How do you feel about “The Beard” in Dodger blue?

 07/30/2013  Posted by at 11:17 am Dodgers Rumors 1 Response »
Jul 252013

The Dodgers lost out on Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers, though I’m not really sure how hard the Dodgers were trying. The price was sky high and was simply too inflated for the Dodgers.

Moving on, the Dodgers have now turned their attention to Jake Peavy but according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Sox asking price is “really high.”

The Dodgers will be scouting what could be Peavy’s last game in a White Sox uniform, among about a half-dozen other teams. The White Sox haven’t even decided if they want to trade Peavy this summer, though the general consensus is they ultimately will. Not sure how the Dodgers should proceed here, but I like Peavy over Capuano. Personally, I would like to see the Dodgers get younger at this point. Which brings me to my top trade choice, Bud Norris.

Norris, 28, will likely be pitching for the Red Sox, Pirates, Phillies, Giants, Dodgers or Orioles next week. While probably not the favorites, don’t be surprised if Norris is in Dodger blue this time next week.

Norris may be the hottest trade commodity for the Houston Astros, For one, he’s pitched well for the worst team in baseball. In 20 starts, he’s 6-9 with a 3.91 ERA. He’s averaging 6.24 strikeouts and 3.01 walks per nine innings of work. On top of all that, he’s only getting an average of 3.3 runs of support per start. Imagine if he was with a playoff contender. The Astros are said to be in love with Joc Pederson, so maybe, just maybe, we could land one of this summers top prizes.

Finally, Brian Wilson auditioned for about a dozen teams today, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. Knobler writes that a scout in attendance said Wilson looked good and was “not far away” from being able to return to the Major Leagues. His fastball reportedly reached 93 mph on Thursday. Knobler does not name the Dodgers as being in attendance, but I would find it hard to believe they wouldn’t be. As much as I despise this guy, I have to admit I would like to see him help propel the Dodgers into the playoffs.

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Jul 232013

With eight days before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers still have plenty of pitching options despite Francisco Rodriguez being traded today and Matt Thornton a few days back.

Not a trade candidate but you better believe the Dodgers will be watching when former Giants closer Brian Wilson throws sometime in the next couple weeks. Wilson threw for the Giants yesterday, according to Andrew Baggarly. According to the report it was purely a favor on the Giants part, no deal is close for now. Baggardly adds that Wilson looked Major League ready. Wilson should throw for other teams over the next couple weeks and it appears Wilson will get signed for a team in need of bullpen help down the stretch.

Other names on the trade block, Oliver Perez, Scott Downs, Javier Lopez, Joe Thatcher, Travis Blackley, Wesley Wright, Mike Dunn, Darren Oliver, Steve Cishek, Jesse Crain, Brian Duensing, Antonio Bastardo, Jose Veras, Tom Wilhelmsen, Huston Street, Matt Lindstrom, Jared Burton, John Axford  and James Russell.  I would also throw in Joba Chamberlain, Jonathan Papelbon, Glen Perkins and Alfredo Aceves into the mix, but that group is obviously going to be more difficult to acquire.

A lot of players are still available so it really shouldn’t be an issue for the Dodgers to acquire the bullpen help they need, right? I sure as heck hope not. After the disastrous performance by Carlos Marmol tonight I’m thinking the Dodgers are back on the phones as I finish typing this bad boy up. Right now, I’m hoping that the Dodgers don’t get too hard-pressed to acquire a bullpen arm or two and pull off bad deals. The Dodgers need to be smart over the next week. We have seen some good deals, and we have seen some bad ones, and I had better not see a deal go down that kills the Dodgers over the next several seasons.

 07/23/2013  Posted by at 8:57 pm Dodgers Rumors, Thinking Blue No Responses »
Jul 232013

For the last couple weeks, rumors have surfaced that the Dodgers are the favorites to land Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Today we heard the complete opposite, according to Ken Gurnick the Dodgers are not interested in Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Gurnick writes that the Dodgers already have nearly $200MM committed to Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett already. Beckett is scheduled to make $15.75MM in 2014 and will be a free agent at the conclusion of next season. Chad Billingsley will make $12MM in 2014 and has a $14MM team option ($3MM buyout) for the 2015 season. With the Dodgers fully expected to hand $200MM or so to give Clayton Kershaw the extension he deserves, it makes sense they would be wise about how much money they allocate to their starting rotation, at least until they move on from Billingsley and Beckett.

With former first-round picks Zach Lee and Chris Reed waiting in the minors to get their first crack at the bigs, it also makes sense they don’t want to block two of the brightest pitching prospects from getting to the minors. Ideally it would be nice to have them ready to take over in 2015 after Billingsley and Beckett depart as free agents.

Recent reports suggest that the Los Angeles Dodgers had prepared to offer as much as a five-year, $50MM contract, but Gurnick refutes that thinking. If that is true it’s reported Gonzalez would be the newest member of the boys in blue.

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Jul 022013

Jon Heyman provides his latest rumors update from Dodgertown.

Heyman says that the Dodgers are still considered the front-runners in the Ricky Nolasco talks, but the Orioles, Giants, Rangers, and Rockies are among the teams also in the mix. The Dodgers have been considered the favorite since they seem to be the only team willing to absorb the entire portion of the $5.75MM remaining on Nolasco’s $11.5-million 2013 salary. The Marlins are hoping to deal Nolasco before his scheduled start tomorrow.

Heyman hears that the word around baseball is that the Dodgers could have interest in Chase Utley. So far speculation is that the Dodgers have not inquired with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro about Utley’s availability, and the Phillies don’t seem too desperate to trade one of their franchise players despite the fact he is headed towards free agency. If the Phillies do decide to sell, they are said to be more willing to part with Michael Young, who’s interested the Dodgers before. I’m going to go ahead and just call this fluff. Yes? Good? Moving on. If the Dodgers are going to go after any second baseman, an aging and injury prone one doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. Instead, how about Jose Altuve from the Astros? The Astros are going to be big sellers this summer, it could happen, it just might.

 07/02/2013  Posted by at 8:34 am Dodgers Rumors No Responses »