Friday, November 6, 2009

Dodger Report

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Today Manny Ramirez decided to stay with L.A. and collect $20 million. I have mixed feelings about this. Obviously the way he played after his suspension leaves much to be desired, especially at his price tag. But I hold out hope that Manny can return to an All-Star level performer. His MVP type years are gone, but I hope that playing for another contract will help motivate him to produce. But I am not sure that motivation alone will help him hit fastballs for homers.

Personally, I would have preferred Manny to opt out so the Dodgers could use that $20 mil to go get a pitcher and a second baseman. But with the McCourt divorce complicating issues, and McCourt being a penny pincher to start with, I am not holding my breath for the Dodgers to make a splash this offseason.

For you Dodger fans out there, would you trade Billingsley and Martin for Halladay? I would love to see Halladay in Dodger Blue. I'd give up the farm for Halladay if it meant keeping all the young studs already on the roster. Halladay, Kershaw, Billingsley, Kuroda and ? would be a nice staff. I'd say give Padilla a shot. I think he could be a good addition if he'll take a one year deal. He showed he still has some bullets left in his arm.

We'll see what happens. One thing I know, come spring training, I'll get that school-boy feeling that the Dodgers are going to win it all! Until then, GO DODGERS!

1 comment:

  1. Call me old fashion, but I'm tired of the I don't give a s*** demeanor. Baseball is about passion and caring. Showing up for the regular paycheck and occaisional applause when all goes well is a little much. He took the $20M because he had no other place to go. Even when he is good he bores me. I predict a long 2010 season with him showering early regularly. EZ/GP