Kevin Gregg, & Why In The World Do Pitchers Still Want To Join The Dodgers?

As most of you know, I’m out of town for a few days, so I’m not going to spend more than a minute or two of my time in the Florida Keys to talk about Kevin Gregg, who turned one decent year in Toronto into a hilariously bad contract with Baltimore that he didn’t even finish. (Seriously though, go check out that constantly declining strikeout rate over the last few years, then see how he’s been unable to limit walks or dingers and wonder how that works out.) Though we all cringe at some of these guys, it’s a longstanding rule here that no NRI is a bad NRI, simply because risk is zero and depth is good. So, fine.

That said, we’ve mentioned more than a few times how overstuffed the Dodger bullpen is, and there’s at least two NRIs who seem more desirable than Gregg in Peter Moylan & Mark Lowe. It’s far from a given that even one non-roster guy makes the roster, so what’s the appeal for these guys? Is there not more opportunity in Miami or Houston or somewhere? Does the thought of a summer on the unemployment line – or worse, Albuquerque – really sound that enticing?

Again, depth is great, so fine. I just don’t get it from the point of view of some of these guys.

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DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Saxon and Rosenthal talks about possible dysfunction (gelling LULZ) with the Dodgers. Scheonfield chalks up Oakland's success to depth, as Reddick, Parker, and Cespedes were their most valuable players. And all under 5 WAR. But both teams got a crapload of new blood last season, just that Oakland assembled their roster from the beginning, while NedCo traded a boatload of pitching to assemble his midseason. And LAD still had to rely on Cruz to hold down 3rd base. We finally get some action with Pitchers and Catchers reporting, and soon the position players will have to prove themselves to Donnie and Mac. I think those two can teach these guys to take some walks.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I have a "state of the business" meeting at 11:30. This is going to be uncomfortable.

Amart652
Amart652

Anyone see what PECOTA is projecting for the dodgers yet?

The Monocle
The Monocle

fuck, came in to work on my day off to work on a project.  Now I'm in charge of the department.  I fucking hate working Mondays.  The only good thing that can come out of this is that maybe I can take Friday off and have a 5 day weekend <crosses fingers>

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Good morning east coasters

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

So I know this question has been asked before and blahblahblah. But uh, is anyone here from the Los Angeles area? Or county of L.A? I know many of you are from up north.

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

So uh.. How many Dodger jerseys do each of you own? Kind of curious. I'm fine with the home and away replicas but some people have closet dedicated to strictly jerseys and etc.

 

yeah. 

 

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @Scruffy LMAO, I have no idea whats going on but I saw the whole thing.  Those Asian chicks are so adorbz.  I'm sure they're all over 18 so it's perfectly fine for me to perv on them.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@The Monocle I didn't have hot water or heat this morning and my commute was twice as long as usual. I was late for a 9AM meeting so I had to skip getting coffee. Got in and meeting was cancelled.

Yoinkage
Yoinkage

Good afternoon from Spain. WHAT WHAT

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

 @Antonio G Looks awesome man thanks.... and i was....had a WoW one for the longest time and i havnt played that game in more than a year.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @HiiiiEVERYBODY I've got none because, quite frankly, I don't like the way they fit and I don't want to live in fear of dropping mustard from my Dodger Dog on a $200 investment.

The Monocle
The Monocle

Quick, find the nearest curly moustached hipster.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@ThtsaPaddlin @HiiiiEVERYBODY But what about Cupid? They can use the Rudy monies!

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

 yeah, true. I love the view from above the police academy. it's kind of a well kept local viewpoint. or maybe not. but i hardly see people up there.

The Monocle
The Monocle

@Disgruntled Goat @EephusBlue @HiiiiEVERYBODY me toos

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @Antonio G There are only a handful of places in town with decent prices and none of them are by the freeway. I miss the days when $20 would fill the tank of my 67 Mustang. Ah the good old days...

Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)
Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)

 @HiiiiEVERYBODY  @DeucesWild Do NOT ever compare chain freebirds to UCSB Freebird!. They are separate entities, and they are not comparative in quality. Like comparing McDonalds to Mortons, because they both serve beef products.

 

I can tell you the whole story, if anyone is interested.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @HiiiiEVERYBODY If you're ever in town, another gem is Rudy's. That's my favorite quick Mexican food stop

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @HiiiiEVERYBODY I'm pretty sure the one by UCSB was the original. I started going there around 14 years ago 

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

 @DeucesWild Funny, I had never heard of Freebirds until I was on tour in Texas. They have quite a few out there. Then the manager was like "they started in SoCal.."

 

 Way better than Chipotle. I hate Chipotle. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @HiiiiEVERYBODY  I still have my fitted high school new era hat. It's dirty and salty as hell, but I earned it!

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

 @DeucesWild  @Gilbert_Vengeance Yeahh, I digg that one. I have an American Needle royal blue snapback with green underneath the bill instead of black. It's a lot brighter than the New Era authentics. That's about it though. My younger brother gave me his snapback. It's pretty cool. Looks like the 2001 Dodger cap with the silver bill.

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

 @HiiiiEVERYBODY Yeah i was 2 jerseys for a long time until Hanley this past season. And yeah thats why i got the Hanley Away cuz i like the gray.

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

 @Gilbert_Vengeance Whoa, that's a collection. I'm not sure if I could handle that many. I'd have trouble deciding which to throw on. I just rock the home and away replicas. I tend to use the grey more often though.