Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by Dodgers99, Oct 28, 2018.
I think McCullers too. Bauer has a beef with Cole dating back to UCLA.
And with Bauer's attitude, I am sure he doesn't give a shit. The one thing is, the Astros FO has shown to give zero shits about clubhouse chemistry when making deals and I think their club is built to withstand such a move. Though this is the one that would most definitely test that theory since it is two very hard headed/stubborn dudes instead of a wife beater that likely knew he fucked up and made sure to keep his mouth shut.
Beaty goes down to OKC...too bad. If Polly equals his contact, I'd be glad.
S'long Beaty, we hardly knew ye...
Btw, is your dad Warren still getting all that top shelf tookie?
Beaty probably back sometime soon I’d think. Didn’t mind him at all.
Thoughts on these possible rule changes? I'm all for giving the players with speed the opportunities to make more of an impact. I'm not a big fan of the direction the game has taken, with launch angles and speed off the bat and HR numbers up. Maybe chicks dig the long ball, but I personally thought the game was more exciting when Maury, Ricky, Brock, and Raines were stars. Now, I can't even tell you who the top three base stealers are without looking it up.
Fuck no. All those rule changes are just dumb.
Leave the game alone!
Angel Hernandez.... they are coming for your dumbass!
Congratulations to CWKWG.
Does it look like Lux may be a Seager 2015 situation? Come up in late August-early September and steal the job?
Good lord, stop fucking with the game it’s fine the way it is. It’s like they’re trying to make Yasmani Grandal even more useless in the playoffs.
Yes, but the job he’d steal would likely be 2B unless there’s an injury. Just not sure they can trust a right side of Muncy and Pederson come playoff time.
Wasn't implying he'd steal Corey's job.
Agreed that a right side of Muncy and Joc would be a disaster.
Bummer+Colome would be a good combo package from the white Sox if they can’t get anyone more elite like Vasquez, Hand or Smith.
The Dodgers have expressed interest in Matthew Boyd of the Tigers. He is one of the more sought after starters at the deadline and there is a belief that he is being improperly utilized by the Tigers. On the surface this does not make a whole lot of sense for the already lefty heavy rotation, but he would be a damn dangerous #4 that likely would take the place of a Hill or Ryu after the season. If the Dodgers worked their magic, he could also be someone that could leapfrog Kershaw in a playoff series(probably not, but his FIP is just barely better than Kersh's). I think this is the Tigers using the Dodgers to boost the haul from the other interested NL parties as he really does not make a ton of sense for the team.
The Pirates want LA's top four kids ... meanwhile, the lying twats will trade Vazquez to the Stros or Boston or Atlanta or whomever for two scrubs & a PTBNL. Bullshit ... every year, same thing.
Always want to rape the Dodgers.
What I don't get is why MLB made such a push to shorten games only to propose rule changes that would increase scoring and lengthen games. It seems that they are fine with long games as long as there is lots of scoring to go with it - I call it dumbed down baseball. This is what you get when you think the 2017 WS had games that were "instant classics" instead of recognizing them for the shit shows they were.
..........or slo pitch softball.
It is pretty remarkable how whenever these trades happen it is almost ALWAYS "Team x was asking for Top Prospects 1,2 and 3, plus 3 lesser prospects from the Dodgers" and those lesser prospects are always some very high upside (though deep floor) 18 or 19 year old's enjoying solid seasons. Then you see the return the other team got and it is a joke of "well this guy has elite abilities, but he has never done anything with them and the other guys are probably MiLB lifers". The Dodgers development staff have shown an amazing skill set to bring out the best in players to a point where our top 30 is loaded front to back with MLB talent and a 30-50 with MLB upside as well. Shit, Cody Thomas just moved INTO our Top 30 and he has MLB regular upside. Most orgs when you get out of their top 7 you are looking at middle relievers, maybe spot starters or quad A guys. Teams need to stop focusing in on our tippy top prospects that will never be dealt for a rental or reliever and look more down the totem pole. When teams have done that in years past, the FO has shown a willingness to make the moves and the acquiring team has almost always seen success after the trade.
Twins (Dozier)- Smeltzer
Pirates (Watson) - Cruz
O's (Machado) - Kremer(plus basically loaded up their top 30 by taking lesser known's)
Astros (Fields) - *sigh* Alvarez
So 10 days from today, I am going to be in Thailand and if the resort I am staying at's internet connection is anything close to the speeds and reliability of their website, I will be a no show during the trade deadline. Some things to watch for in the weeks ahead and what we know so far:
What we know:
The Dodgers are said to be looking for 2 upper-echelon relievers to add to their bullpen
The club has also been said to be kicking the tires on Matthew Boyd of the Tigers
It seems that the team would like to add two lefties to the pen after the drop off's from Alexander and Ferguson, plus the Cingrani injury.
The lineup is loaded with the returns tonight of Seager, Freese and Pollock. The FO has said that they are in a position to only go "big game hunting" from here on out.
What to watch for:
It is not understood whether the team is looking at 3 BP arms or 2. Are they looking for 2 LHP's and a top tier RHP? Just 2 top tier LHP's? Mix and match? We shall see, but pretty much the certain's in the pen right now are Jansen, Baez, Kelly and Urias. If the recent Kelly is the new normal Kelly, it could ease the deadline from "WE NEED ARMZ" to "we need a couple of solid lefties"
Speaking of pen arms, the Dodgers farm is not exactly loaded with intriguing relievers as of right now. Marshall Kasowski was having a good year until spending the past month on the DL. After a dominating start to his season across both HiA and AA, Jordan Sheffield has been getting knocked around his last few appearances while dealing with some serious command issues. Josh Sborz went on the IL after a very impressive first inning at the big league level, before getting rocked in the second. His back was said to have tightened up yet he kept trying to throw. He got off the DL a couple weeks ago and has been pretty impressive since his return, he is more MR right now and not seen as impactful. The rest of the arms that the club will have to look at if the preference is filling within is Gonsolin, May, Santana and White. The latter two have the stuff to be very intriguing relievers, but they have struggled this year in starting roles in AAA. It is getting late if the club wishes to transition either one. Gonsolin is back on the DL again so his chances at impacting the big league roster are slipping. May will likely stay in a starter role until September as the team tries to build up his innings, but his stuff would certainly play if he could handle the relief role.
Watch Julio Urias. This is going to be a big one as the belief early in the season was that he would eventually transition back to starter as the season went on. The club has been using him in 3 inning stints over the last month where he has been absolutely dominant. The club's interest in Boyd could signal that they prefer to keep Urias in a pen role where he could potentially be a lock down multi-inning reliever ala Josh Hader from a year ago. He is at 51 innings and there was some belief that he would be capped around 100-120. His ultimate landing spot could depend greatly on how the deadline goes, though I would not hate to see a playoff rotation of Ryu, Buehler, Kershaw, Urias.
As was said above, the club is said to only be "big game hunting" outside of the pen in all likelihood. Muncy's versatility could allow for the team to go after an impact bat at 1B or 2B if they feel Joc can't handle the duties, but a Joc/Freese duo with a hopefully healthy Pollock back in the OF could be formidable. Catcher on the surface is the only major weakness and there does not seem to be an answer outside of the org. I would not expect a position player addition unless someone gets hurt or someone falls flat on their face.
Speaking of catchers, Will Smith is back playing in AAA after an IL/DL stint. We have obviously seen some impressive AB's from the kid at the big league level, but the presence of Barnes and Martin make bringing him up tricky. While neither of the 2 vets have been impressive, the club could decide to wait on bringing Smith up until September and hope to capitalize on teams not having time to adjust to the rookie. Be patient with this one as slow playing him may be the wisest move.
The other impact bat at the MiLB level is the well known Gavin Lux. On the heels of another glowing report this morning from BP, Lux is potentially the big game bat the club will add to the roster. Lux is murdering the ball in AAA after his promotion and while the team could probably use him, it may be wise to let him get 200 AB's at the level. That would put him right in line for a September call up where he would probably get a reasonable shot to take 2B if Hernandez and Taylor are faltering, but would the club potentially be willing to go into October with 2 rookies in the starting lineup? Probably not likely.
So while we are all a bit frustrated by the production at catcher and with Pollock, it is probably not all that likely that the club addresses those positions. There is not really an intriguing front line starter or impact bat that the club could find useful. It looks like the bullpen should and will be the focus going into the deadline and depending on how that goes, they could come away with a frontline starter anyway.
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