Go After Dozier

January 4, 2017

The Dodgers have taken care of most of their needs heading into next season. They surprised the heck out of me when they resigned Rich Hill, Justin Turner, and Kenley Jansen. They still need to sort out the outfield mess, get a bullpen arm, maybe add a dominant starter, and fill an opening at second base. They could resign Joe Blanton and keep the outfield as is with Andrew Toles,…


Is Don Mattingly Trying to Build the “Dodgers East” in Miami?

December 19, 2016

In case you haven’t noticed, the Miami Marlins, led on the field by former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, have a bad case of “L.A. creep”, and are quietly transforming into the Dodgers East. When Mattingly and the Dodgers parted ways, one of the first things he tried to do was bring his L.A. coaching staff along with him to Florida. I get that. Plenty of relocating managers try to coax…


Common Sense Prevails in Dodger Land

Justin Turner-10
December 15, 2016

Common sense finally prevailed within the Dodger’s front office as the club reportedly put the finishing touches on the 4-year 64 million dollar agreement with third baseman Justin Turner. The completion of Turner’s deal means that the Dodgers have signed all 3 of their top free agents, Kenley Jansen, Rich Hill, and Justin Turner. This is a huge change of strategy for the Dodger brain trust. Head of baseball operations Andrew Friedman…


JT and a Wedding Kept Kenley Jansen in Dodger Blue

December 12, 2016

The Dodgers’ nation let out a huge sigh of relief as the news spread that Kenley Jansen had agreed to stay a Dodger for the next five years (with an opt out clause after three years) for the nice, round figure of $80 million. What made him turn down more lucrative offers in places where the outfield grass might seem greener? I believe Kenley was influenced – and Dodger fans…


Breaking: Kenley Jansen Remains in Dodger Blue

December 12, 2016

In news breaking across the wires, the Los Angeles Dodgers have retained Kenley Jansen, to the tune of five years and $80 million. He has an option to leave after three years. Over the past couple of weeks rumors have had Jansen and the Dodgers far apart as he weighed very attractive financial offers from the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. There was even speculation he would reunite with…


Remember That It’s Not Your Money

Kenley Jansen
December 9, 2016

The annual winter meetings came and went, ending on Thursday afternoon. All 30 MLB clubs were present to make deals and discuss trades as is the customary tradition every year around this time. Each team looks to the winter meetings as a way to upgrade their rosters. The winter meetings are not the end all or be all of the hot stove offseason, but it’s normally where the majority of…


Check Mate

Stan Kasten
December 7, 2016

I get so annoyed with hearing that the Dodgers are in on every rumor under the sun. Yet no moves get made. Then you hear about other teams in on players and those deals get done. Then I hear soundbites of Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts saying the winter meetings are slow for him. Andrew Friedman says things like he thinks the winter meetings will be slow. Tell that to the…


Stan Kasten Denies Dodger Debt

Stan Kasten
November 29, 2016

Is anyone surprised that the Dodgers are in massive debt? I know Mark has been decrying over the “trade” hamstringing the Dodgers financially for years. However it’s not just the trade that has done that, its wild ineffective spending that predates the Andrew Friedman era. Stan Kasten, Ned Colletti, and the Guggenheim people have thrown money around like a rapper in a hip-hop video for years and it seems it…


Take off the Handcuffs!

November 27, 2016

Common Sense is Uncommon!  Sadly… When Andrew Friedman was hired by Stan Kasten and Guggenheim it was his mandate to grow the farm and build a winner from within. Kasten said  “Oh, and you have to keep Mattingly for a year.”  The year before, the front office signed Kemp and Ethier to silly contracts and consummated THE TRADE! OK, I’ll play along… maybe THE TRADE did put “butts in seats.”   I just…


Top 5 Moments of 2016-Kenley Jansen Breaks Dodger Save Record

November 26, 2016

It may have been a blip on the calendar to some of you, but on June 20, 2016 Right handed super closer Kenley Jansen recorded his 162nd career save to overtake Eric Gagne and become the Dodger’s all-time franchise save leader. It was so much more than a blip as it marked the peak of an incredible career and talent. Jansen went from a Mendoza line hitting catcher in the minor…


Snail Pace Hot Stove and other Tidbits

November 22, 2016

The hot stove has started and predictably the Dodgers are in on every rumor under the sun. We all know that Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner are free agents. I feel with each passing day another team can get in there and take them away just like with Zack Greinke. Baseball can be a fluid sport and next season a new team could rise up. The Cleveland Indians rose up this…


Something About This Smells

November 18, 2016

Will Mass Craziness Cost Us Turner and Jansen? 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…


And The Dance Begins: Jansen, Turner Just Say No To Dodgers

November 14, 2016

The Dodgers just missed the 2016 World Series, but you would be hard pressed to find someone who would argue that was because of Justin Turner or Kenley Jansen. In fact, the boys in blue advanced as far as they did because of the work that Jansen and Turner put in this past season. The Dodgers extended mediocre qualifying offers to the two (one year, with less than 10% raises),…


Let’s Make a New Plan, Stan!

November 11, 2016

You don’t need to be coy, Roy… When Guggenheim Partners took over the Dodgers on April 30, 2012, Stan Kasten took over as team President and at the end of August, 2012 the Dodgers completed the largest trade in franchise history, acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett in a nine-player trade in which they took on more than a quarter of a billion dollars in salary. Magic Johnson…


Appreciate Kenley Jansen Now

October 31, 2016

Dodger’s closer Kenley Jansen has won the Trevor Hoffman NL reliever of the year award and I think it’s time we appreciate him. Kenley is the former catcher that captured our hearts and frustrated batters with his baffling and at times unhittable cutter for the last seven seasons. Jansen is entering his first free agent year and it is very likely he will end up pitching for another club in…


My Dodgers Offseason Plan: 2016-2017

October 28, 2016

Be sure to tell me how much of an idiot I am in the comments! I wanted to get one of these off because this figures to be a busy offseason. Andrew Friedman and company will have a lot of work to do in order to make this roster compete in 2017 with the elites in the National League. The good news is that they certainly are creative! Some of the…