Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by irish, Oct 12, 2019.
Waiting for Puig to sign with HOU?
Man, he must have been really bad in the clubhouse to not see anything yet. What a total waste of talent that guy has turned out to be. Bulldozes through the league for 2 years, then just mediocre ever since. All he had to do was listen to the coaches about positioning in the OF and that would probably have been enough to just get him MLB contract. I wonder if he went somewhere with a tough/spanish speaking coach, if they could finally get through to this guy. Not sure where that would be, but it seems like it may be one of the only ways to get through to this guy.
Not a fuck to offer.
I am curious to watch the Padres this season. We have a lot of attention, for good reason, but there are a few "Preller is running out time" notions being thrown around the sport. It sounds like if he can't field at least a .500 team this year, he could be fired. That factor could make for a dangerous situation for the club down south if the Pads gets off to a slow start... or a super hot one, knoeing Preller's tendencies. There are a good amount of scouts and analysts that think that Paddack is going to take a decent step backwards this year and that their starting pitching could be worse in general than last season. Besides him, their rotation was iffy to begin with and while Gore is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, they could do some damage to his development if they bring him up too quickly, though he does appear close. The rumor that they were willing to part with such a good prospect in Campusano for Betts was an eyebrow raiser for me as yes, Betts absolutely would have boosted the club's performance, but they still had a massive issue in their rotation and this did nothing to fix that. The other problem for the Padres right now is a large chunk of their great pitching prospects have started to slide down into reliever territory, making their immediate future on even more shaky ground(it's why many clubs believe you develop hitters and trade your pitching prospects for starters). It will be interesting to see if Preller panics and overpays for someone this season at the expense of the long term future for this club.
Something else of note is there seems to be a problem of sorts in the clubhouse. Apparently Machado rubbed some people the wrong way and the Pham trade was partially an attempt to get someone in the locker room that would tear guys a new asshole for slacking off. He has always had a reputation of not being well liked, but it was from guys across the diamond and media, while his teammates always seem to like him. Machado did not impress in his first season with the club posting WAR's of 3.1(BBRef & FG) and 1.5 (BP), while also struggling against RHP'ing (.715OPS) and at home (.703 OPS). When the club is already looking down the barrel of two awful long term contracts in Hosmer and Myers, Machado not turning back into a superstar could put the org in a tough situation. I would bet good money that 2019 was just a blip, but man if this is one where the dude got paid and he is happy now, that could sink that ship really fast.
I give them credit for spending money, but they have done some weird things with it when they have and I don't think it was done wisely. They were always a couple of years away and instead of probably using the funds on guys that coulda been trade bait when the kids started to show up, was a poor choice. They play in a division where they have two behemoths that can usually buy themselves out of trouble(the Giants just fucked things up to the 10th degree), so when a little guy like them spends big, they need to hit. Not miss, then miss again, then tie up more funds for even longer in hopes of buying their way out of trouble.
There are some rocky seas on the horizon and there is more pressure than ever for the Padres to win and win now. If not careful, they could have a situation where how they navigate those waters impacts their course for the next 5 years.
Dodgers signed Terrance Gore to an MiLB deal. He can't hit, but defense and speed are his thing. Interesting as the 26th man, plus not only the depth on the roster, but versatility of it at basically every position could make him a useful player come playoff time. Fun fact, he had been in the majors for parts of 5 seasons before getting his FIRST hit in 2018 with the White Sox. Ended up playing a bit more last year and put up a respectable .275/.362 AVG/OBP with 13 SB's, but a poor ratio thanks to 5 CS.
Machado rubbing people the wrong way? Hard to imagine.
Like I said, his teammates had always seemed to like him in LA and Baltimore, it was always the other guys he pissed off which is generally ok, to a point. I have only seen it in a couple of places where they said the clubhouse was not great, but it was brought up in the same light that it was why Pham is there now. It will be interesting to see how the club responds to Pham being in the clubhouse as his approach wore out his welcome in STL.
Some more notes,
Kershaw has shed some weight and came to camp after his first fully healthy offseason in a few years. He was able to stay more active during the winter which allowed him to keep playing catch and he has started the spring feeling strong compared to year's past where he struggled to get things going. We will see how that impacts the rest of his game.
Ross Stripling has a new changeup grip that apparently everyone really likes as it is very deceptive out of the hand. The club is using their tech to figure out how it works and see if it does in fact have better action than his old grip, but players said that they really struggled with it.
Jimmy Nelson also has some soreness in his groin area, but it is nothing major.
Yadier Alvarez IS back, but they are not sure for how long. He remains on the Restricted List and has not been allowed to work out with the team.
Arte Moreno confirmed that he was the reason that the Pederson/Stripling deal was nixed. He says there were other factors beyond him being impatient and he felt the resources used could have better been used to acquire a frontline starter.
Apparently Greinke is not showing up until the last day players are required to report by the league. Greinke usually has some problems creep up in the first couple weeks of ST that include "HE'S THROWING 82 MPH FASTBALL'S" stories that then get whipped away as he ramps up.
She’s married to a cheater, but she also doesn’t mind stealing Poppy Pederson’s college fund to buy more diamond-studded douches or whatever that bitch spends stolen money on. Fuck her and fuck Correa.
Tyler White will remain with the club as he passed waivers today. He will be in camp as a NRI.
Done my share of taking one for the team.
Here’s a link to Mookie’s video on Twitter https://twitter.com/mookiebetts/status/1229404552652378112?s=21
I know I’ve been against this trade, but I want to be wrong. No matter what happens on the field, at least this guy gets it. You can never go wrong buttering up the fans.
Astros stay cheating...
Francis Martes, Astros pitcher, suspended 162 games for PED. 2nd offense. Rough stretch for Astros.
it was just medication for his bad tattoo.
Jon Heyman ✓@JonHeyman
Replying to @rscharnell Lol
Amazing how every non Astro player/reporter is either angry or laughing at the BS involving Houston while the commish just shrugs it all off.
Commish is a cheater too
i truly believe that manfred is going to either have to do something drastic like vacate 17 or face an avalanche of bad things
the voices are only getting louder
Time for someone with balls to step up..Condaleeza-- opportunity knocks, baby.
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