OFFSEASON NEWS/RUMORS Thread

Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by irish, Oct 12, 2019.

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in 2020, mookie betts starts the season with...

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  1. 1988Blues

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    Say it ain’t so
     
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    No Name Well-Known Member

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    I, however do want to make accusations.
    Unless it's a Dodger
     
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    I just posted this on the prospects page, but thought it should make it's way over here as well. Both of these guys breaking out would be huge.
    • Dodgers officials are buzzing about righthander Michael Grove on the backfields at Camelback Ranch. Grove, the Dodgers’ second-round pick in 2018, is up to 97 mph with his fastball while showing increased bite on his breaking ball.
      Grove, 23, had Tommy John surgery in college at West Virginia and was still rehabbing when the Dodgers drafted him. He returned to the mound last year and sat 89-93 mph at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga early before bumping up to 92-95 mph in his final few starts.
      Now in his second year removed from surgery, Grove’s stuff has ticked up so much that one Dodgers’ front office official predicted he will be the club’s top pitching prospect at this time next year.

    • The Dodgers also have seen a velocity bump from lefthander Robinson Ortiz. Previously a touch-and-feel lefty, the 20-year-old Dominican attended a Dodgers delivery camp in the offseason and has begun reaching the upper 90s for the first time on the backfields.
     
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    Yelich misread the tweet and blew up on him, then social media took the out of context tweet and exchange, then ran with it. It was a non-story and Darvish was not accusing him of anything.
     
  5. 1988Blues

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    Is it cheating if you spit at the ball not wipe it and cut it lose And that’s why velocity is up :laff: If Houston Asswipes can get away with why not us.
     
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    Still, there is video of Yelich looking towards the outfield (Brewer's bullpen area) for a split second before the pitch. I'm making the accusation because 1) It's fun, and 2) It might explain Yelich signing a team-friendly extension sooner rather than later.
     
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    I don't disagree with your take on Betts and his attempt to lead. My only concern is that he won't be the same hitter playing his home games outside of Fenway (.315 vs .284 home/away 3-yr AVG splits, .951 vs .899 home/away 3-yr OPS splits). I just don't want to have a Machado repeat, who clearly isn't the same hitter outside of Camden. On the flip side though, .899 OPS is still an improvement for us, and his willingness to lead (vocally and by example) is not a trait anyone would ever mistake for belonging to Manny.
     
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    Sounds like Milwaukee won twice with Yelich. First when acquiring him from the Marlins for a lesser package than what the Dodgers had offered, and now at a relatively team-friendly extension price. Good for them. Imagine if we had an OF of Belli, Betts and Yelich. Yeah, I know, we may not have traded for Mookie if we had Yelich... but what if?
     
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    Concerned about his away splits, as well. Have been saying the same - one of the bigger reasons why they need to circle back to Cleveland for Lindor and get him some help.

    That said, he doesn't seem to be all that worried about it, and of course, hitting is just one phase of pro ball. Given Machado's lack of hustle in almost all phases - easy to separate these two
     
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    So Belli " insists " he didn't hurt his back playing Topgolf?

    Welcome to the bullshit, Mookie.
     
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    Good take. As unplugged as I am right now from this game, even I'd like to see a leadoff man for the Dodgers get 550 at bats & have an OBP above .375 with 40+ doubles ... if he backs up that talk with those numbers, it'll be OK if the rest isn't Fenway type bloated stats.
     
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    That'd be solid. And then carryover into the postseason, of course. Could use one more bat that can push both Belli and Seager down a slot in the fall, so that they aren't killing momentum when the chips are down.

    Maybe Lux will tear the cover off the ball and end up being slotted ahead of them in the order? Would still be relying on a young guy in the post, of course, and certainly not everyone is capable of being Soto or Marlins' Miggy Cabrera
     
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    I'd love to see our most important bats started hitting the spring
     
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    Timing is a biatch
     
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    To play Devil's Advocate:
    1. Betts hasn't exactly been a stud in the postseason himself
    2. Belli and Seager combined for arguably the 3 biggest hits of the 2017 WS, and if the Astros hadn't cheated we are looking at them as clutch members of a championship team
     
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    respect to arod
    "The way you change the narrative is you have to be accountable. You’ve earned all of this negative talk, you’ve earned whatever comes your way…You have divorced yourself from having the ability to protect yourself."
    i can only hope the voices get louder as the season approaches
    strip that title
     
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    Well in other news Gatorade was nasty last night. Our future closer looks good and I am glad Boston backed out. That ball comes out so easy. Got to love that. We definitely got something of value for this year in Betts and some future in Gatorol
     
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    IIRC, Belli and Seager also combined to strike out like 30 times in that series. So we could also throw an - if - into that whole situation..like, if they suck only 75% of the time - they could be looked at as clutch members of a championship team. But hypotheticals from 2017 aren't really gonna help us in 2020, anyway. They've had opportunities outside of that series, and of course, Seager has accrued like 10 more injuries since then. Belli's obviously made some timely, notable plays - 2018 NLCS MVP. Some optimism for him..at least he consistently makes big plays in the field and on the bases when he gets on.

    However, zero optimism for Seager in all phases. And it wouldn't shock me if the FO felt the same about Seager..after all, it was reported that they had lengthy trade discussions with Cincy. Mookie hasn't done all that great in terms of playoff production either - that's a fact - but he also strikes out at a far less rate in the post in comparison to Belli/Seager and he's walked far more often, as well. So he's not being overpowered to the degree that Belli and Seager have been overpowered. Not nearly. We can expect solid AB's from Mookie
     
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    These steroid guys that are paid to comment on this sign stealing scandal. Lol ARod and his steroid powered WS win in 2009. Ortiz and his steroid powered WS win in 2004. Smh

    Have to give Ortiz and ARod cred, though, because they've played the media like fiddles post-retirement. May have even sucked enough balls to get into the hall
     
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    They both ate the cock too
     

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