I’m back! To the critics who think I can be silenced at my own space, guess again. I’ve had a pretty busy winter so far. The Dodgers have too, letting long term Dodgers walk and signing old and busted veterans to replace them. As usual it’s super difficult to figure out what Andrew Friedman and Stan Kasten are doing with the Dodger roster. The bizarre moves make me and others scratch our heads. We keep hearing on an almost daily basis that the Dodgers have one of the best farm systems in MLB, yet when I challenge commenters at other blogs to name one productive position player prospect other than Will Smith and Gavin Lux that has reached the majors nobody can. One commenter mentioned Alex Verdugo, but he was drafted under Ned Colletti/Logan White. Another named Keibert Ruiz, whose talent has yet to translate to major league success. Otherwise I can’t name anyone else, I still challenge someone to name one other player. Willie Calhoun?
The Dodgers just traded another top rated prospect infielder Jacob Amaya to the Marlins for aging infielder Miguel Rojas. Yes that Miguel Rojas, the Mexican born player who saved Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter back in 2014. It’s hilarious to hear commenters and other writers a few weeks ago doting on Amaya’s superior talent and now reversing course touting how great it is that the Dodgers traded a young prospect for an aging 34-year old that’s had just one above average season in the majors.
That isn’t meant to discredit Rojas, he’ll be a fine addition to the Dodger’s bench this season. Honestly he can’t do any worse than Hanser Alberto, Luke Raley, or any of the other utility bums that Friedman has scraped off of the waiver wire to waste roster spots over the last couple of seasons. Seriously though if Amaya was as good as some people have claimed him to be then he probably wouldn’t have been traded to the Marlins for Miguel Rojas. Common sense.
But when I see my name pop up on other sites, I just have to respond. Keep my name out of your mouth! (There’s my Will Smith impersonation). The actor not the catcher. Some of the guys over at Ladodgertalk are some of the most ardent Friedman butt kissers you will ever talk to. Some, not all praise every move he makes as genius. I just don’t understand they tell me. I’ve never thought that Freidman is a terrible executive, just merely above average. It’s been a mixed bag for me. He’s made some smart moves, he’s made some great moves, and he’s made some awful moves. He’s built some great regular season clubs but his game management and baseball philosophies are horrible. The Dodgers could have won multiple championships over the last eight seasons but terrible game management and those god awful benches have contributed to postseason defeats that pile up year after year.
Getting back to the farm system and the Amaya for Rojas trade, the Ladodgertalk crew regularly boast about the Dodger’s top ranked farm system. They have the greatest farm system in baseball! They shout it from the mountain tops in every post. Yet as I predicted just a few weeks ago on this site, and do almost every year we see very few of them promoted. Earlier in the offseason I wrote about how Friedman would just go out and sign a bunch of old, busted and injured veterans to fill all of the holes on the roster and that’s exactly what he did. Do you think Friedman would be paying guys like J.D. Martinez, Noah Syndergaard, Miguel Rojas and others guaranteed major league money to not play? Those guys will be in the starting lineup on most nights.
If the kids were as good as people claim they are then they would be up at the majors playing and producing every day. The fact that they are not and Friedman’s busted veterans tells you all you need to know about what the Dodgers actually think about these young players. For the record I don’t have a crystal ball. We’ll probably see at least a few of the kids if there are injuries. I’ve never thought Friedman has drafted well. Producing only 2 (3 if you count Ruiz) major league position players over the last 3+ years is not a good track record of success. I’ve been told the excuse is that Friedman always has low draft picks, but there are thousands of amateur players to choose from every year. You would think more than a couple would work out. We’ll see how things go.
In regards to the haters, you can suck it. I’m not going anywhere. Here’s a quick insight from professional doofus Dodgerpatch.
Poor Scott. Just popped over to his site to see if there were any juicy “vile, unhinged posts.” I was disappointed. It was just dumb. He hasn’t posted in a month and had only one comment. ~ DodgerPatch
I’m regularly told by Patch and a few others that this site gets no comments and how dumb I am. Just to spout some facts for him, this site has gotten over 64,000 comments since its inception. The last post had 5 comments, the one before had 54, the one before that had 30. Not that the number of comments make a good site, but I think Patch needs to get his eyes checked the next time he goes to the doctor and stop being such a nasty hater. I hope everyone is having a successful new year.