Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Haven’t posted in months because I’ve been too depressed about the orangutan we just installed into the White House. And as we watch our democracy fade into the sunset, Dodger fans can look forward to another year without a World Series in the City of Angels. They spent a couple hundred million hanging onto the guys they had – Turner, Jansen, and Hill – and rightly so. (Though, as much as I love his competitiveness, I’m still not sold that Rich Hill is anything close to a viable number 2 starter). They needed those guys. I especially love JT and I’m glad he’s back. Good move, cheap ass front office. So, they’re basically the same team they had last year. The team that finished a couple wins away from the World Series, but really, a long way away. They didn’t really have a chance against the mighty Cubs last October and they won’t this October either. Not without that big right handed bat. Not without that other big starting arm to go with Kershaw. (And, no, I don’t believe Urías is that guy yet). Not without more help in the pen. So, what did they do today? They gave up on giving up more prospects for Brian Dozier, who hit 42 dongs last year and bats right handed and plays second base, a position they needed to fill given Utley’s age and the fact he’s yet to be re-signed. So, who did they end up getting? The great Logan Forsythe from Tampa! Yaaaaaawwwwwwwn. If you had baseball’s version of a picture of mediocrity, it’d be Forsythe. He was the starting second baseman in Tampa only because they didn’t have anyone better. Yeah, he was consistent, hit 20 home runs, (playing in Tampa). But he only drove in 52 runs and he he only hit .264. He only walked 46 times while striking out 127. Personally, I’m not too excited. Can you tell? And they gave up their number 2 pitching prospect, Jose De Leon. I thought we were supposed to GET pitching from Tampa, not GIVE pitching to them. Why didn’t we make a bigger deal that included Archer?
Anyway, Forsythe is a lateral move. Just a body to fill the position, while Dozier or even Ian Kinsler would have changed the complexion of the lineup for the better. They could’ve just held onto Howie Kendrick. His defense is as good as Forsythe’s, he can hit for a higher average, have a better OBP, and he can play more positions. Yeah, yeah, yeah, in order to get Dozier, the Twins wanted De Leon, Cody Bellinger and/or Alex Verdugo. The Tigers wanted De Leon and either Bellinger or Verdugo. The thing is, the Boston Red Sox gave up their whole farm to the White Sox for Chris Sale. Why? Because they haven’t won since 2013 and they’re tired of losing. The Dodgers haven’t won since 1988 and they’re obviously NOT tired of losing. The Red Sox will go to the World Series in 2017. I’m pretty darn sure of it. I don’t necessarily agree with giving up all your prospects for one player, but if you’ve read my blog over the years, my mantra has always been, “Why is it better to win later than win now?” The Red Sox certainly don’t think so.
I guess there’s still a chance they can try to trade for Ryan Braun or his like, but it doesn’t look too good. I think they’re gonna try it with Puig again. So, the Dodger’s lineup is pretty much the same as last year, a decent attack lacking an impact right handed bat other than Turner. I don’t see Alex Verdugo or the left handed Cody Bellinger making a difference for quite a while. And where, oh where, are they going to get pitching? Why does this front office appear to not value pitching that much? And if they don’t value pitching, then why didn’t they get the big bat they needed? What, exactly, DO they value?