Man, the Dodgers are Stupid
I thought it was surprising that one year after signing Gary Matthews, Jr., a strong defensive centerfielder coming off a career offensive year to a 5-year, $50M contract, the Angels then went out and signed Torii Hunter, a strong defensive centerfielder coming off a career offensive year to a 5-year, $90M contract. However, their cross-freeway rivals were not to be outdone by redundant stupidity.
The Dodgers signed Juan Pierre to a 5-year, $44M contract last offseason. I'm now hearing reports on TV and the radio that they're "shocked" that Pierre takes such poor routes on balls and has a weak arm and gets poor jumps. Look - you're willing to shell out $44M over five seasons but aren't willing to investigate what type of player you're getting? Well I suppose it makes sense that they didn't really investigate who they were getting, since Ned Colletti has said numerous times that he likes Pierre because he "gets on base" (OBP 2005: .326, 2006: .330, 2007 .331). As you can see, Ned Colletti doesn't really understand the game of baseball.
Therefore, it should really come as no surprise that Colletti now has announced the signing of a centerfielder with a great reputation for being a defensive specialst -who by all accounts has slipped dramatically in that department in recent years - and hit .222 / .311 / .413 last season to a 2-year, $36.2M contract.
Joe Torre will love this club. He's got two overpaid, overvalued "veterans" now blocking centerfield for Matt Kemp, a young centerfielder who makes the major league minimum and in 98 games last year hit .342 / .373 / .521 with an OPS+ of 125. This is the same Matt Kemp who was benched repeatedly last year so that ABs could be given to Pierre and Luis Gonzalez.
Any chance the Dodgers would do a Matsui/Cabrera/Farnsworth for Broxton/Kemp trade? It's not outside the realm of possibility, considering Neal Colletti appears to have once played "Corky" on the popular ABC television program Life Goes On. Maybe he'll ask Joe for advise, and hear all about how Matsui is "gritty" and a "gamer" and has "heart."
I know there are some Yankee fans who now have taken it upon themselves to also root for the Dodgers because of St. Joe, but if anything it causes me to root against them even more. For a guy starting out with a new club, being the ONLY majoe league manager who refuses to report to the Winter Meetings sets the wrong precedent and certainly sends the wrong message to players and fans. But don't worry, I'm sure the LA media will continue to kiss his ass and make it seem as if Joe only won World Championships because he has a magic wand to turn crappy players into great ones.
I feel bad for Donnie, but I'll be laughing with glee when it's between Torre and Bochy to fight it out for last place in the NL West. For all the media (ESPN) bashing of the Yankees with their "see? They can't buy championships anymore! they need to be like the Red Sox and build from within (the Red Sox had one (1) homegrown player in 2004, Trot Nixon)," it amazes me how much the Dodgers have escaped scrutiny. If you want an example of a bloated, poorly run franchise that every year tries to spend to cover the mistakes of the previous season, it's Los Angeles.
Labels: andruw jones, dodgers, joe torre, juan pierre, matt kemp, ned colletti
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 10:13 AM