Dodgers Bid Farewell to Two Pitchers And Oh Good Lord Something Please Happen Already

So long, Joe Blanton. He was never coming back to the Dodgers and I’ve already nearly forgotten he was ever on the team, but now he’s officially moving on, signing with the Angels for 2/$15m, which is pretty reasonable for a durable average-ish starter.

So long too to Randy Choate, who signed a deal with St. Louis so ludicrous I can barely bring myself to type it out. Three years! For a 37-year-old journeyman situational reliever! That’s the world we’re living in, apparently, though I absolutely cannot parse how Choate got three years while the far superior Sean Burnett managed only two with the Angels.

When are they going to get to the fireworks factory?

You’ve probably noticing that we’re in the midst of the third (and essentially final) day of the winter meetings and here we are talking about the departures of two veteran pitchers who were incredibly unlikely to return. We’re doing that because… it’s… that… slow. Things are moving glacially, because Texas doesn’t want to move on Josh Hamilton until Zack Greinke is resolved, and the other pieces aren’t going to fall into place with the best hitter & pitcher on the board. That leaves us in this dreadfully empty territory where we’ve barely even heard a poorly sourced rumor all day.

Not quite what we expected, right?

Now, that could very well mean that there’s something huge about to drop at any moment. That’s always possible, but I’m guessing this isn’t getting unstuck soon. That’ll make for a few infuriating days for the rest of the week until we’re guaranteed at least some semblance of news this weekend, when Hyun-jin Ryu likely signs before his 2pm PT Sunday deadline. Who knows, maybe the increasingly loud Dee Gordon rumors will lead to something too. Or maybe they won’t. And for now? Well, Mark Saxon says they’ll likely pick up a non-roster catcher or two to compete with Tim Federowicz and zzzzzzzz… sorry, I just bored myself.

Anyway, when Randy F’ing Choate (and Jeff Keppinger too!) can get a three year deal, it makes it seem like we have absolutely no leg to stand on when judging potential demands from Greinke. Six years? Eight? A puppy driving a Maserati full of supermodels, who are all also carrying puppies? Choate pitched like 14 innings a season and just got three guaranteed years. For a guy like Greinke, how can you say no to anything at this point?

411 comments
EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Goddamnit. THis is going to drag on isnt it? fuck

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Aw ad fail! Why does this site want me to buy Yankees gear?

:----(

DBrim
DBrim moderator

If not for Luis Cruz, we might have been trying for Michael Young right now. Luis Cruz, MVP.

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Asked stan kasten what he knows: "I don't know (spit)." He clarified later he meant on greinke.

 

UMAD STAN? me too.

dustybakersoldtoothpick
dustybakersoldtoothpick

I just hope the plan B for not getting Greinke isn't a classic Ned knee jerk overpay for a toy that was definitely from the floor of TJMaxxx and not from Best Buy or ToysRUs.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

We don't get draft picks for Blanton and Choate do we (since we didn't make QOs)?  Seems like it would have been an easy call to make to make offers (that they'd be sure to reject) given the state of the market.

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

This is Greinke or bust, isn't it? I mean, one of Anibal/Ryu and Shields/Dickey would be really cool but nobody is going to be happy that we lost out on Greinke. 

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Am I going to be the only person awake at 2:30 AM PST when news breaks that Greinke's signed with the Dodgers?

*VND*
*VND*

Goodnight everyone! The counter weight to Mikes #derpMoney goes to bed

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello Be smarter with the Marlins.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@dustybakersoldtoothpick Plan B is probably Dickey, right?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin Qualifying offer is like 1/13, which both would have likely taken. And we couldn't make offers anyways, since we traded for them mid season.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @ThtsaPaddlin Not a chance! I just learned that (1) Mariners are going hard after Hamilton, and (2) Nolan Ryan thinks the Rangers can sign both him & Greinke.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @ThtsaPaddlin I will be awake, but at that point I'll probably be like "well it's about damn time"

*VND*
*VND*

If graduate school is ao hard you want to quit after only a few months, you should pay a little more respect to me.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Catfishin Ive got a hit out on nolan ryan. He may be able to wail on Robin Ventura but not a bullet

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Catfishin  @Mike Petriello I havent heard anything about the no trade being a hold up. I heard that Greinke is asking for a lot of money and a lot of years. Beyond what we were comfortable meeting. It seems like Dodgers outbid the Rangers tho.