We’re about two weeks away from the Dodger fan fest in which I eat way too many Dodger dogs and can’t find my car, and only about 5 weeks from the start of spring training. Once again the PR generated rumor mill is in full force with the Dodgers reportedly in on every player yet they never make a move. The Dodgers finally announced the signings of closer Kenley Jansen, third baseman Justin Turner and then hung up their phones for the winter. With the exception of signing another Cuban, (for 200,000 dollars) and that all important fourth string catcher signing of Bobby Wilson.
You can rest assured that the front office is done making moves for the winter. The roster you see now is likely the roster you will see in spring training. Despite the fact that the bullpen is only half built and there is a moon sized hole at second base. Not to worry my lovely little LaDodgerreportians because the Dodgers are ready to hand over the keystone reigns to .191 hitting Kike Hernandez. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that Andrew Friedman’s yellow golden boy will be the starting second baseman in 2017 and bat lead-off against every southpaw. More than likely his batting average and OPS will drop another 100 points next season. Believe that.
I jest of course, but I am being serious here. According to those PR generated trade rumors, the Dodgers are now “in on” Logan Forsythe! Oh and over the hill Ian Kinsler as well, yet neither will end up in Dodger blue next year. The talks with the Twins for second baseman Brian Dozier have come to a standstill. It’s not going to happen. Not that it shouldn’t though.
Dozier would be a great addition to the Dodgers. He would be more than that, he would be a game changer, something the Dodgers sorely need to be better than the Chicago Cubs and get into the World Series. Dozier would bring a 25-30 home run power bat in the middle of the order, and stellar defense at second base. Not to mention he would fill a gigantic damn hole in the middle of the infield. He’s under contract for two years and would be well worth losing a couple of prospects for.
You would expect the Dodgers to not want to trade young talented arms like Jose De Leon, Walker Buehler, and Yadier Alvarez. That only makes sense. However it’s not those guys that were holding up a potential deal, but Brock Stewart. Yeah, according to Mike Berardino of the Minnesota Pioneer press, the Dodgers reportedly were unwilling to part with Brock Stewart. The deal was never going to happen anyways, but hearing that Stewart was a potential road block is hilarious.
Look prospects come and go, and many never pan out. Most never make it to the majors. It’s a good thing to hold onto your top prospects, but sometimes you have to pull the trigger. We’re not talking about trading Julio Urias, or Corey Seager type prospects. De Leon is a talent, but holding onto a non-prospect like Stewart like he is gold is quite funny. Buehler is also highly rated, but is coming off of Tommy John surgery and has pitched 3 games as a professional. Maybe it’s ok to deal those guys for a player that averages 27 home runs per season and posted an .886 OPS last year.
If I were the Dodgers I would be calling Chase Utley and seeing what his plans are for the 2017 season. I guess I am a demanding guy for wanting the Dodgers to have a second baseman that bats higher than .190. Dare to dream.
The winter is not over yet, and here’s hoping the Dodgers can find a second baseman somewhere, and maybe another outfield bat and set-up man. There’s still more work to be done.