* Stats blog Driveline Mechanics ponders the question: Do the Dodgers now have the best double-play combo in the NL? As you know, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Hudson signing, so I’ll be predictably tenative on that question. Right off the top of my head, I’m assuming that there’s no way that our boys are beating the fantastic Utley/Rollins combo in Philly or the huge bats of Uggla/Ramirez in Florida. And the survey says… middle of the pack. That sounds about right.
* Another step in MSTI’s inevitable takeover of the web: I answered some Dodger preview questions for Cardinals blog C70 At the Bat. This did take place before Torre said that Casey Blake would not be moving to the oufield, but I think I ended up talking way more about Juan Pierre than I’d ever really care to.
* Jon Heyman vs. Buster Olney on Manny: Fight!
The Dodgers probably know that their offers of $45 million over two years or $25 million over one year aren’t going to get it done, either.
The free-agent market collapsed after the signings of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira, to the point that productive veterans like Bobby Abreu and Orlando Hudson have been forced to accept a salary for about 20-25 percent of what they had hoped for when the winter began.
And yet by the end of this week, the Dodgers might wind up signing Manny Ramirez to a multiyear deal far above market value. A really, really good contract for a 36-year-old star outfielder in the current market is for $15 million or $16 million a year — and yet the Dodgers might be poised to offer Ramirez $20 million to $25 million for a couple of years.
That’s a little nuts. No, that’s really nuts.
* Finally, maybe we shouldn’t underestimate Scott Boras, because though the ever-brilliant The Onion is clearly joking about getting Manny $20 billion (with a “b”) in stimulus money… you could almost see it happening, couldn’t you?