So I haven’t said much lately, but not a whole lot has been happening with the Dodgers as far as free agent signings go (plus my new semester started so I’m reading and writing 23 hours out of the day). Sure they signed Ausmus….big whoop hes gonna play what? 7 innings. Big deal. Ardoin was a fine back up.
Anyway, so now that Oliver Perez is a Met for the next three years the Dodgers are running out of options. While I was taking a look at the article on mlbtraderumors.com I saw a comment that basically echoes the way I feel, so I’m just going to post it:
“If the Dodgers do indeed sign Wolf, they are a solid 2nd or 3rd starter away from having a good/solid starting rotation. Bills, Kuroda, Wolf, Kershaw would be good if we had a good/solid/consistent starter to put in between Bills and Kuroda. Kuroda is not a #2 (he’s still good, just not a #2) but I can see him as a #3 starter and if Wolf can stay healthy he is a #4. I just don’t understand who Colletti thinks would be the fifth starter if he only signs Wolf. Does he really have that much faith in Schmidt? Even if Schmidt is able to pitch, will he ever be the same? The guy hasn’t pitched competitively at the major league level for about two years! I hope he isn’t expecting Estes or Vargas to be the 5th starter. I’m afraid that this is the case though, especially now that the Dodgers have announced that McDonald will start the year as a reliever (I agree with this decision though). I still believe that Sheets is the difference between a very competitive team that has a great shot at going deep into the playoffs and one that doesn’t. While not perfect this rotation would be at least as good as last year’s:
Solid on paper. Vargas, Estes, McDonald, and Stults can all make spot starts were necessary, but to expect any of them to be the 5th starter all year long is foolish (especially since McDonald would be the best choice and keeping him in the pen for as long as possible is best for his development). ” – cutmeibleedblue
Is Sheets’ price tag that high that they can’t take a gamble? If Ned can sign Sheets for cheap and he breaks down, it would still be a better deal than Schmidt or Jones. I don’t see why Ned wouldn’t even look at him. To me Sheets, with his market being only the Rangers at this point, is a very low risk and very high reward gamble considering what they are looking to pay for Wolf who, when healthy, isn’t all that great. As cutme said, I really think the Dodgers need to sign two starters, forget Schmidt he’s done. Jones and Jason can go play in the beer softball league in the Valley or something. So if LA gets Wolf then I think they have only resolved half of the issue, they need a more proven and dominant starter in there. The 1-2 punch of Lowe and Penny worked out great and if the Dodgers get Wolf then they still only have a 1 punch in Billingsly. That is not really going to cut it. Kuroda is good but not great. Kershaw will be great but I doubt that will happen this season.
NED SIGN SHEETS!
If Sheets can pitch even 2/3 of the season behind Chad then LA has a dominant 1-2 punch again and even if Sheets flames out toward the end, then that is the time to throw McDonald into the lion’s den and see what he can do. That’s how they did it with Chad and now Chad is the ace of the staff.
If Ned signs Wolf, which don’t get me wrong I think is a good idea, then they still, as cutme said above, need a 5th starter. I guess they can just throw an arm out there and hope for the best, but what if someone gets hurt? Or what if suddenly Kershaw or whoever Ned was planning on making the 5th starter can’t hang? If Ned signs Wolf and refuses to look at Sheets then LA should sign Looper as well. Looper will be cheap, he is proven and reliable and he’d fit the bill nicely. Although signing Wolf and Looper still leaves Chad with a lot of weight on his shoulders to be the one.
And Manny? I don’t know. Whatever blah blah blah, Manny or Dunn I don’t care. I’d prefer Manny but if he is really intent on being hard to get then he can sign with SF for like 7 mill because now there will be NO ONE who will pay him. If Manny and Boras would remove their heads from their behinds and make a counter offer to Ned then the negotiations can proceed. ‘Til then whatev. Ned is playing this right, just keep focusing on pitching. Like I said, Dunn would be OK too, he wants to come to LA where there is a winning chance and I’d be happy to have him, plus he could spell Loney at first every now and then. Unless you sign both Manny and Dunn and trade Loney for Peavy…that’d work too, but I like Loney so I’m not pushing it. Plus James is a hundred times better at first than Dunn anyway. But two bats like that in a lineup, now that is a frightening thought.