Sep 292013
 

A striking blow to the Los Angeles Dodgers who are already playing without outfielder Andre Ethier, have now added that Matt Kemp will not appear during the post season.

Kemp apparently re-aggravated his nagging ankle injury and will be sidelined.  The tough news is as Andre Ethier attempts to return from his own ankle injury. He has been getting rehab in Arizona for the last several days.

The injury doesn’t doom the Dodgers, who went 42-8 without Kemp in the line-up. They’ve expected him out for the season several times during the year, so they can still win without him. What it does create is a massive hole in the lineup, if not supported by Ethier. The outfielder duty would move to light-hitting Skip Skumacher or the not often played Scott Van Slyke. There word is Ethier may make the roster but only come off the bench to pinch hit. Ethier is a stellar defensive player which has made up for him times of struggle at the plate.

Time will tell what direction the 25 man roster will go on, skipper Don Mattingly knows of all, it is running out.

 09/29/2013  Posted by at 6:21 pm Dodgers Injury Reports, Dodgers News No Responses »
Feb 222013
 

The Dodgers bench is looking bleak offensively for the 2013 season. Unless something of the miracle type happens during the spring, the Dodgers bench is not looking very impressive. Juan Uribe, Jerry Hairston, Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto, and Tim Federowicz just don’t scream or even whisper “offensive threat” off the bench to me. First of all, the Dodgers bench is of the ripened variety, especially with Federowicz removed from the equation. The Dodgers need to get younger and more offensive focused on the bench. Sure our bench can play a solid defense, but when you need a big hit off the bench I wouldn’t exactly want to trust any one of these guys. In fact, I would take Elian Herrera over any one of these guys any day of the week. Speaking of Elian, what ever happened to him? He got buried by Juan Uribe and Jerry Hairston. Yuck. Hopefully he can make a statement this spring.

Notice anything glaring wrong with the picture? No backup first baseman? Ding-ding-ding! Apparently Juan Uribe is going to get the first crack at winning the job, but unless I’m mistaken he has never played a single game at first base. Even if he has, Uribe can’t hit a baseball all that well these days, and I don’t really want to see him getting more opportunities to prove to us what we already know.

Enter Casper Wells, currently buried on the Seattle Mariners depth chart. Wells, 28, is a solid option to help get the Dodgers bench going in the right direction. Wells plays first base and all three outfield spots, with above average defense too. Casper has been playing great outfield defense at SafeCo Field, and he possesses a strong arm to boot. Not the greatest of basestealers but he has decent speed, that’s for sure.

But wait, this is where it gets good, Casper, he has power, having clubbed 25 home runs and 29 doubles in 656 career plate appearances in the big leagues with Detroit and Seattle since the start of the 2010 season. Wells also posted a respectable .698 OPS in 2012, and his career mark is .752. He’s has shown to be a good hitter with men in scoring position to this point, with a career .865 OPS in those situations. Add two outs to the equation and the number jumps up to a very impressive career OPS average of .953, not too shabby. That is leaps and bounds better than any of our current bench options, but you already guessed that I’m sure.

Not only is he a solid right-handed bench option, he could also help give situational rest to guys like Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and Adrian Gonzalez, that could get him some decent playing time. Topping it all off, Casper was one of the best right-handed situational hitters in the league last season. So why with all this information and data is Casper on the outside looking in? I honestly have no clue. I thought for sure he’d have an everyday job this season. That doesn’t appear to be the case, perhaps the time to strike a deal has come.

Casper Wells isn’t perfect, trust me, I know. He strikes out quite a bit and I don’t see him being an MVP anytime soon, or ever. But he has a very nice skillset, is a low cost, relatively young option and he would fit in to the Dodgers current scheme quite nicely. I don’t see him costing much to acquire, my guess is the Mariners would take Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, or Ted Lilly straight up for him. Working out the financial aspect of the trade could be quite tricky. Either way you slice it the Dodgers need a 1B/OF, and the Mariners need a boost in their rotation and all three of those guys, if healthy, would do just that.

 02/22/2013  Posted by at 4:07 pm Dodgers Rumors, Thinking Blue No Responses »
Dec 112012
 

Earlier tonight, several sources have said that the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a deal that will send veteran outfielder/second baseman to the Dodgers for minor league player Jake Lemmerman.

Schumaker, 32, had batted .276 in 2012 with an on-base percentage of .339 and a slugging percentage of .368. He batted 28 runners in while homering once in 304 plate appearances.

The Dodgers send once-promising minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman to St. Louis. Lemmerman, 25, was drafted in 2010 in the fifth round out of Duke University and showed a lot of promise. While in the rookie leagues at Ogden, he batted .363 with an on-base percentage of .434 and a slugging percentage of .610  while hitting 12 home runs and knocking in 47 runners in just 303 plate appearances. The following season he moved up through the organization to A+ Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chatanooga where he had a combined average of .283 and an on-base percentage of .370 and a slugging percentage of .415. Last season he remained playing for the Chatanooga Lookouts where his numbers continued to decline. His average dropped down to .233 while he striking out more times then getting a base hit and lowering his on-base percentage to .347.

On a day most assumed Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti would be taking a break after signing top-line free agent Zack Greinke and Korean super star pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin on back-to-back days, Mr. Colletti continued to amaze the vast majority of the baseball world.

The acquisition of Schumaker, once finalized, will fill a major need in adding a veteran left-handed bat off the bench. Schumaker is primarily an outfielder but also has experience at second base and can be used there as needed.

When this deal becomes official, the Dodgers will have to release somebody to make room for Schumacker on their 40-man roster. The Dodger universe is collectively hoping that will be perennial disappointment Juan Uribe.

 12/11/2012  Posted by at 9:17 pm Dodgers News, Transactions No Responses »