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So, the Houston Astros just signed 33 year-old Right hander Charlie Morton to a $14 million/2 year deal. This is a guy who started 29 games in 2011 and 26 in 2014. He has started 27 games the past two years and is 46-71 with a 4.54 ERA for his career with a 1.44 WHIP. Then, they signed Josh Reddick to an alleged 4 year/$52 million deal. Josh “Freaking” Reddick! Forget what he did for the Dodgers last year – he hit .281 with 10 HR and 39 RBI in 439 plate appearances. This is a guy who a certain platoon player and he gets all that loot? Charlie Morton is a totally undistinguished 6th or 7th starter who has below average stuff. I mean, guys like Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy at least have very good stuff (when healthy).
Morton is a guy who has AAA stuff and he gets $7 million a year? A platoon player gets $52 million? Lord help us in signing Jansen and Turner – someone might pay them over $100 million each at this rate of craziness! It seems there a lot of dope-fiends posing as GM’s. Last year it was Dave Stewart? How did that end up?
I think Turner is likely to get 5 years and maybe $110 million from one of these dope-fiends! Then, in the last two years we will have another guy we wish we could unload. As much as I like him and Jansen, we just may have to put down the crack pipe and walk away!
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
In the AFL Cody Bellinger is 9th in BA, 3rd in OPS, 4th in OB%, 3rd in slugging, 1st in doubles, 3rd in RBI, 3rd in HR… and he is only 34th in strike outs! Corey did two stints in the AFL – one at 19, when he hit ,181 and was overmatched and again at 20 when he hit .281. At 20, Cody is better than Corey was in the AFL. LIke Corey, he plays up to his competition. I think he could be ready for The Show if Adrian could be moved. That’s a problem… I have no idea how that could happen and how much the Dodgers would have to pay.
Also, in the AFL, Willie Calhoun is down to .255 and Verdugo hit .140, however Locastro is over .300 too.
WHO IS #2?
Do the Dodgers have a #2 starter? I say yes and his name is Julio Urias. In a whirlwind Rookie year in which he was clearly overmatched and awed early, he righted his ship and finished 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA at age 20.
Let’s look at some other outstanding pitchers first real year ERA:
Kluber – 5.14
Cueto – 4.81
Bumgarner – 3.00
Kershaw – 4.26
Verlander – 3.63
Scherzer – 4.12
Lester – 4.76
Here’s the point – they all kept getting better. J. Urias is a special talent. I would not be surprised if he had an ERA in the high 2.00’s in 2017. I think he will be limited to no more than 170 innings, so maybe he starts late, but do not count him out as a viable #2.