Call it blasphemy if you must, but I’m waiting for this thing to end as soon as possible. I have no particular rooting interest, and having to wait for it to end is just holding us up while we wait to get down to serious business, like building the Dodgers for 2009. I know, I’ll complain when the Dodgers make it next year and I see fans of other teams making these same posts, but still – let’s get on with this already. Because in the meantime we’re stuck trying to figure out if who’s making up Manny-related stories about contract offers, and by the way, I don’t have a problem with Ned Colletti denying he actually made a 2 year, $60 million deal. But shouldn’t we be a little worried about his assertion that “the Dodgers haven’t had any internal conversations about the value or length of a deal they should offer the 36-year-old outfielder.” No? Colletti, McCourt, Ng, and/or White haven’t even had casual conversations about it? Ned, I certainly hope you’re just screwing with the media there.
In better news, John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus expects the Red Sox will sign Jason Varitek for 2 years and $16 million, which is great only in the sense that he would be unavailable for the Dodgers to sign. As we’ve said here many times, Varitek is beyond cooked, so any kind of deal that brings him to LA and Russell Martin to third base or another city would be a terrible move.
The Red Sox are also kicking around the idea of signing Mark Teixeira, moving Kevin Youkilis to third base, and dealing Mike Lowell. Might he be a possibility for the Dodgers? Lowell’s owed $24 million over the next two years, so the Red Sox would have to pick up a decent portion of that. He’ll be 35 in the spring and he’s coming off hip surgery that kept him out of the ALCS, but he’s been a very productive third baseman for a long time. Except for his disastrous final season in Florida of 2005, he’s never hit fewer than 17 homer runs or had an OPS+ of under 103 since he became a full time starter in 2000. Plus, he’s well-known as one of the best defensive 3B in baseball, and we all know how much McCourt loves Boston guys. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind having him at the right price – but the size of that contract plus whatever it’d take to get him from Boston probably makes it pretty unlikely.
Our 2008 in review returns tomorrow. Go Phillies! If only because they’re already up 2-1!
- Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness