Dallas McPherson Is Just Going to Love Albuquerque, Isn’t He

Look, we already know what he'll look like in black and red.

Look, we already know what he’ll look like in black and red.

Per Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Dodgers have signed third baseman Dallas McPherson to a minor-league contract, and while there’s no official word on an invite to major-league camp, it’s safe to assume.

McPherson was Brandon Wood before we knew who Brandon Wood was, coming up through the Anaheim system as a highly touted power prospect who many expected to be the successor to Troy Glaus. Despite being BA‘s #12 prospect headed into the 2005 season, he has just a .241/.292/.446 line in 446 plate appearances over parts of five MLB seasons for the Angels, Marlins, & White Sox — in no small part due to injuries, which cost him most or all of 2005 (hip), 2006-07 (back), and 2009 (back again).

Now 32, McPherson’s time as a prospect is long past — he was actually released by the Charlotte Knights in August and finished the season in Indianapolis — and despite my long-held soft spot for a third baseman who can hit from the left side, no, he’s not being signed to challenge Luis Cruz. To be honest, the uncertainty around Alex Castellanos‘ position makes the depth chart a challenging pursuit, though for now I expect McPherson will see most of the time at the hot corner in New Mexico.

That said, McPherson has built a career as a prodigious minor-league slugger — as Eddy notes, he “has bashed 144 HR at Triple-A for Pirates, White Sox, Athletics, Marlins & Angels” — and he’s actually played in Albuquerque before, hitting .275/.379/.618 with 42 homers for the 2008 Isotopes, back when they were a Marlins affiliate. So following in the footsteps of Josh Fields, John Lindsey, Mitch Jones, Terry Tiffee, and every other Quad-A type we’ve watched put up massive numbers at ABQ or Las Vegas in recent years, expect to hear from far, far too many people who want to promote him immediately after he’s destroying the ball in the PCL in May. Good times. I can’t wait.

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Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

The Dodgers will be holding a Fan Fest at Dodger Stadium on January 26, 2013. 

 

Anyone going?

efb
efb

Of all the baseball managers that have ever been, who do you think was the best baseball strategist? 

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Dodgers taking a lot of crap from the media about spending $$.  But since Kasten/Guggenheim at least we've spent $$ on guys that are good.  Or potentially.  Not on 5th starters, relievers, and 4th outfielders.  

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So I asked Dan Evans if anyone ever told him that his twitter pic makes him look like he could be Donnie's bro.

 

He responded with a terse "No". Is he butt hurt?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

YOLO people. 

 

 

YOLO

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

looks like we won't have to worry how to spell Hanrahan this season. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Cody Ross to the DBacks for some reason.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

WOW THATS SO CREATIVE CAN YOU SAY MORE????

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Catfishin YAY FOR PUNK BAND NAMES

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @efb I've heard that even the BEST managers still cost their team runs every year with stupid shit like bunts/hit and run. 

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @efb   I liked Whitey Herzog because he built a team to fit his ballpark and played to their strengths.  I usually prefer managers that stay out of the way instead of making a bunch of needless "moves."  Bobby Cox was fun, too.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@efb All time? Dunno. Of active managers I'd say Joe Maddon.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Deuce Thats the key. Yeah they spend but its been on value. The media likes to make it look like we are just making it rain for mediocre players left and right. But that is just not the case.  To me Arte should be getting more shit for signing Hamilton after saying he had no money for Hunter and the clear need for the angels was pitching. Yet they are praised for getting Hamilton. I just dont get it

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Deuce (except Brandon League)

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@EephusBlue Trust me.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @EephusBlue   Guys like Cody Ross, Edwin Jackson, etc. are not that hard to find.  I don't get wasting good $$ on them.  But an AGon or Greinke are elite and normally worth the $$.  Looks to me like Hamilton was a "I can't let the Dodgers get all the attention for swiping Greinke from me" move.  I guarantee if the Dodgers would have signed Hamilton it would have been panned.

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @HarryDoyle there are FM "accomplishments" scribbled all around it.  Why did he waste his money sending that out?  No one is going to display it.

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@The_Real_Paul @darknesssss @efb there's nothing wrong with the hit and run. The Rays thrive off that aggressive base running kinda thing. The idea behind it is to get the hitter to hit the ball through the opposite hole that is vacated by the covering infielder when the guy from first is stealing. So, as long as you have someone that can do that on a regular basis (Jeter, Ellis), you're okay.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @The_Real_Paul  @darknesssss  @efb   They've done studies on thousands of games and concluded that "one-run strategies" like bunts, steals, and hit and run end up in the long run costing the team runs.  It's math.  The prevailing thought in the saber community is that they should only be used when one run can win or tie a game late.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @The_Real_Paul  @efb ya i hate it when im hitting but I still think its useful especially if your trying to avoid a double play

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @darknesssss  @efb that's probably a bad example, since there are good arguments on both sides. But my issue with it is that a lot of things have to go perfectly right for it to work. Often times you get a batter swinging at a pitch he shouldn't be trying to hit. 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Deuce @EephusBlue DINGERS!!!!

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @EephusBlue   I'd rather be the sand-kicker and girl-stealer than be on the other end of it.  If Crawford is healthy and Ryu pans out, this team could be a machine.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Deuce @EephusBlue It's L.A. Everyone is jelly ;) and Crackhead should be panned for being an attention whore by trying to get the Dodgers to sign him. And MOAR publicity means MOAR followers and haters too

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Deuce EXACTLY!  Dodgers overpaid by taking on Crawford to get AGonz. I've heard that he was the true target. And I can't fault them. When he is on, he is lethal. And defensively very sound. Greinke was the ONLY true impact arm on the market. People that argued we should wait until the 2014 class also probably thought Hamels would have been on the market.

 

Yeah I dont get it. People just love to hate the Dodgers as if we consistently steal their girls and kick sand in their face. At least now we have money to justify their hate