Mar 112013
 

Zack Greinke was scratched from Monday’s scheduled start and was flown to Los Angeles to have his right elbow examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Greinke first reported soreness in his elbow last week but was able to throw his bullpen session on Friday with no issues. Sunday the soreness returned after he threw another session and that caused him to fly to Los Angeles on an extremely cautious basis. Makes sense the Dodgers would want to protect their $147MM investment, right?

The good news is the MRI Greinke had on his right throwing elbow came back clean already. More good news came out of Los Angeles after Dr. Neal ElAttrache diagnosed Greinke with inflammation in the back of his right elbow, also confirming there was no structural damage.  Greinke was given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow and some anti-inflammatory medication. The hope is he will be ready to resume throwing with the next few days. Greinke has already missed two spring starts, making him questionable for the start of the Dodgers season. The Dodgers currently have eight starting pitchers with guaranteed contracts, so I fully expect Don Mattingly and the Dodgers’ decision makers to err on the side of caution here.

 03/11/2013  Posted by at 4:03 pm Dodgers Injury Reports, Dodgers News No Responses »
Dec 112012
 

 

Earlier today, the deal that has been the talk of  the town, was finally consummated when new starting pitcher Zack Greinke donned his new Dodger jersey and ball cap for the first time amid an army of reporters.

Having recently signed a league record six-year deal for $147 million, the Dodgers continued to show the rest of baseball that they planned to be a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.

When asked why he chose to play for the Dodgers over the other teams who expressed interest, Greinke said, “Besides the money, the number one (reason) was to have the team that could have a chance to win a world series for several years.”

He said that when it came to the time to pick a team out of his suitors, he wrote down the lineups of all the teams and when he looked at the Dodgers’ probable lineup that included Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford it dawned on him just how much potential they offered.

“…it made me realize how good the offense is on this team,” Greinke said.  He added, “There’s a lot of talent in this organization.”

Greinke joins a potentially dangerous pitching staff headed by staff ace Clayton Kershaw with another newly acquired star pitcher in Ryu Hyun-jin, Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett rounding out the starting five.

Signing Greinke long term gives the Dodgers a second Cy Young award winner under the age of 30, which no other team in the majors can claim the same. By teaming Kershaw and Greinke up as a solid 1-2 punch, it arguably makes the Dodgers’ front end of the rotation the best in Major League Baseball.

“We are very pleased to add a second pitcher who has won a Cy Young award to this rotation and organization. We believe he brings a lot to this team and to a pitching staff that was already very good,” Colletti said.

Not only do they both have the potential to win more Cy Young Awards, they both have career ERAs below 3.80 and each have at least three seasons with 200 or more strikeouts.  They both also pitch deep into games, with at least four seasons of 200-plus innings pitched for both of them.

No other pair of teammates- including Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee or Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum can match those stats.

The acquisition of Greinke is just another notch in the Dodgers’ belt. Since new ownership headed by Mark Walters, Stan Kasten and local sports legend Magic Johnson has taken over, they have amassed a dangerous lineup and a top-line rotation to make a world series run while increasing their projected payroll for 2013 to a major league record of $225 million.

With a major TV deal in the works that could top $7 billion, the Dodgers don’t seem worried about spending money. In addition to the $147 million they gave Greinke, they also spent $250 million in acquiring the trio of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawdord and Josh Beckett, $42 million for Cuban All-Star defector Yasiel Puig, $85 million to keep Andre Ethier gunning runners out from right field and $160 million to keep Matt Kemp’s deadly combination of power and speed patrolling center field.

When Magic Johnson was asked whether money was no object he simply replied, “We want to win.”

The city of Los Angeles and Dodgers fans around the world agree.  And by bringing Zack Greinke on board, the Dodgers have become one of the favorites to do so.

Greinke, was a combined 15-5 last season with the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He posted an ERA of 3.48 with a WHIP of 1.196 while striking out 200 batters.

 12/11/2012  Posted by at 4:13 pm Dodgers News No Responses »
Dec 082012
 

Zack Greinke is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers ladies and gentlemen. 2012′s biggest free agent prize is headed to Los Angeles as the the right-hander has agreed to a six-year contract worth $147MM with the Dodgers according Gina Miller, who first broke the signing. As always the deal is still pending a physical before it becomes official.

Greinke, 29,  had multiple suitors this winter, though the Dodgers were the clear favorite from the very beginning. The Angels and Rangers were among also his suitors. The Rangers gave the Dodgers a good run and speculation had been growing that the Rangers may be close to signing Greinke over the past couple of days, rumors began being whispered that the Dodgers may back off and pursue other options.

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched to a 3.48 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 212 1/3 innings split between the Brewers and Angels last season, he also put up his fourth 200+ inning season in the last five years.

Greinke’s deal immediately crushes Matt Cain‘s record for the largest contract given to a right-handed pitcher in baseball history. Cain signed a five-year, $112.5MM deal with the Giants earlier this year. Greinke’s contract is actually more comparable to the six-year, $144MM deal given to Cole Hamels by the Phillies this summer. But the big deal here is, Greinke’s new deal nets him a $24.5MM average annual salary giving him the new record for a pitcher on a multi-year contract, surpassing CC Sabathia‘s $24MM average annual salary.

 

 12/08/2012  Posted by at 7:47 pm Dodgers News, Transactions No Responses »
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.

Dec 042012
 

I am excited. I am about excited as anyone else about what the Dodgers can potentially score this offseason. I am also a bit worried, so I guess that makes me anxious? Feelings aside, we have to examine if a spending a boat load of money is going to get the Dodgers into the post-season and a championship berth. That is the goal, isn’t it? The immediate goal appears to be showing Los Angeles fans that the new Dodger ownership is not just about winning, but spending whatever it takes to get winning. Remind you of anyone?

I like to joke and chide some of my Giants and Angels fans when saying the Dodgers are the “West-Coast Yankees”, but come to think of it, most Dodger fans HATE the Yankees, maybe with a Derek Jeter exception. Why do Dodger fans hate Yankees? Because they buy their wins, they spend the most money, they have the swagger that LA should have. Every day we are becoming more and more like the Yankees because our wallets are open and we are not getting the wins to show for it. The Yankees have plenty of collapses and blown opportunities and money drained to show for it, but so do the Dodgers, just not to the magnitude we are approaching. I like to be cautiously optimistic about the situation. The season hasn’t started, players need to adjust to the league, Don Mattingly is only getting better, signings haven’t happened and a lot of work needs to be done before the boys in blue take the field, I’m still anxious. But are we on the right course?

Take Zach Greinke. The prize of the pitching market. Much like the supremely talented Josh Hamilton, they’re both damaged goods. Hamilton has showed signs of alcholic relapse and Zach Greinke has struggled with a depressing Social Anxiety Disorder from his days in Kansas City. Although it appears those days are behind him, most players go through a physical evaluation before signing, not a mental evaluation. The bright lights of Los Angeles may be too much for Greinke, with the not-so-forgiving fans and a new ownership bent on making the post-season no matter what the costs.

How about Adrian Gonzalez? Jersey sales will be through the roof this year but the So-Cal native has much to do in 2013 to earn his keep and potentially become the favor over Matt Kemp. Luckily anything he does will be a leap over James Loney, who in over 300+ at-bats scraped out 4 home-runs to Gonzalez’s 3 in under 200. But that will only last for so long. Dodger newcomers are not in for an easy day at the office, they were getting a substantial contract to perform in their prior teams, now it’ll feel like they really have to earn their pay.

So time will tell. We do know baseball doesn’t care about injuries, excuses, adjustments or anything else. Just winning.

We know where the heads of the ownership and fans are, now it’s a matter of the players following suit.

 12/04/2012  Posted by at 2:45 pm Dodgers News 1 Response »