Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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Randy Wolf came back from Tommy John surgery last year for the Phillies and had mixed success. He was 4-0 but he had his ups and downs. The Dodgers look like they’re set to give him a chance to prove his stuff and the team is looking to pay him $8 million for a one year deal. According to the story, there’s an option for 2008 valued at $9 million.
There’s no doubt Wolf is talented and if he can revert back to his 2004 form, this would be a huge coup for the Dodgers. And $8 million for a starter these days is kind of cheap so this could be one of those high risk, high reward type of deals.
I might be in the minority, but I really don’t like this signing. Yes, Pierre had more then 200 hits and yes he hit .292. The problem is, he’ll be dropped at lead off and he hasn’t topped a .330 OBP since 2004 and his career high for homeruns in a season is three. He was also caught stealing 20 times and he was successful 58 times, but that’s slightly less then the all important .750 success rate neccesary to make it worth stealing a base. He has played in every game the past four years but he’s done so with very little pop.
The Dodgers will be on the hook for Pierre for five years at $44 million. That’s a long time for a 29 year old who relies on speed. He’ll probably score 100 runs next year, but I would have much rather seen them spend the money to get J.D. Drew back.
It won’t be official until later today, but it looks like the Dodgers re-signed Nomar Garciparra, who was very good for the Dodgers last year when he was healthy. Nomar did only play in 122 games, but when he was in there, he was very good. He tied J.D. Drew for the team lead with 20 homeruns and he was in the mix for the batting title until he had a horrible July.
Until I see the dollars spent, it’s hard to determine whether this is a bargain or not. I’m sure we signed Nomar for more then we did last year but hopefully he gave us a little bit of a discount because the Dodgers were the team that gave him his second chance.
Bill Mueller retired late last week. I know this is old news but the third baseman never really got a chance to shine in Dodger blue. He won the batting title for the Red Sox in 2003 and he’s been okay since then. I never expected much from Mueller but he only played in 32 games last year and then had knee surgery. Now he’s calling it quits (which should save us some money) at least on the playing field. Turns out he has a good eye and he’ll be helping general manager Ned Colletti evaluate talent.
After two years in Dodger blue, J.D. Drew has decided to opt out of his contract and he’ll become a free agent. I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, Drew is still only 31 and could have some very solid seasons coming up. On the other hand, we’ve hardly gotten our money’s worth out of him the past two seasons. 2005 he missed half of the season after a fluke injury and then in 2006 he was good, maybe very good, but not great. Yeah he drove in 100 runs but I was expecting a little more from him then 20 homeruns. Heck, he had 15 in 2005 after only 72 games.
Had he stayed, he would have made $33 million over the next three years. Aramis Ramirez made a similar deal and left a lot of money on the table. I’m not sure if these guys think the environment will be better with the new CBA in place or what but that’s a lot of guaranteed money to just walk away from.
The Dodgers inked utility infielder Ramon Martinez to a one year, $800,000 deal. There’s also a club option for 2008 that would cost the Dodgers $1 million.
Martinez is a low cost player that can fill a variety of roles. He did hit .278 last year, but he did it with not much power. Regardless, he gives the Dodgers a versatile player who play just about anywhere.
Nomar Garciaparra was honored by his peers as the Comeback Player of the Year. The Player’s Choice awards are voted on by the players so this is especially sweet. Now we just have to make sure we get Nomar back in Dodger blue for 2007.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti made several moves on his staff. There’s a ton of them so instead of listing them here, you should go right to the source. I thought Bill Lajoie, who helped build the 1984 Tigers way back when, was with the Red Sox organization but it looks like he’s now working for the Dodgers as a special assistant to Colletti.
Desperate occasions require drastic measures. For example, very rarely, but a garage organizer maybe required to organize upturned garages. People usually take these steps when they are desperate enough, i.e. when their driveway is too clustered to admit a mouse.
No surprise here. The Dodgers had a $12 million option on Eric Gagne, who missed most of last year. They’ll instead pay him the $1 million buy out. I expect the Dodgers to resign Gagne, but it’ll probably be a short term, incentive laden contract to protect the team from losing Gagne’s service yet again.
Gagne will be back for 2007 and if he’s healthy, he’s definitely a guy we want coming out of the pen so inking the closer should be one of the Dodger’s top priorities.
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