The Rare Time When Monday Isn’t Awful

After having slept on it for a night, I’m still pretty pleased with the Dan Haren signing. It’s not guaranteed to work, because nothing is, but the risk/reward here is tilted heavily in the favor of the team, and that’s always a nice place to be in. Jason Collette at FanGraphs agrees this morning, as does Paul Sporer, who calls it “a great signing and especially smart.”

In the meantime, I have a whole lot of fun stuff going on today, which almost certainly means that the Dodgers will do something insane while I’m out and about.

** First off, over the weekend I received Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2014, which is great not only because it’s great, but because two chapters within were written by yours truly. (This may make it less great, depending on your point of view.) I wrote the 2013 NL West recap, detailing the birth of the Dodgers / Diamondbacks feud, as well as a retrospective on just how the team went from the depths of McCourt pain to respect and the playoffs in only two years. It’s of course full of other great writers with interesting takes as well, so more than worth your time to check out.

** There’s six different paths Ned Colletti could go in when looking at the overstuffed outfield. Which is the most likely? I spend far too many words investigating at FanGraphs.

** Later this morning, I’ll be doing an interview with the Wall Street Journal for a story on whether pitcher wins are bogus. Spoiler alert: they are.

** Finally, and since this should be pretty fun I should probably have had it in giant font up front: I’ve been invited to come out to the MLB Network studios and be a guest on Brian Kenny’s Clubhouse Confidential today, which I believe has a live airing at 3:30pm ET and then repeats later in the day. I imagine I will not have changed my opinion on pitcher wins by then.

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DBrim
DBrim moderator

AROD FOR ETHIER

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Fuck it. Bring Seager up now. How hard can being a major leaguer really be anyways?

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

2200 comments during the offseason.  Wow!  How things have changed in the world of MSTI.

*VND*
*VND*

I will be the only one to openly admit it, but Sue Falsone did not do a good job during her tenure, on a purely results basis. Ok MSTI im out!

Jobu
Jobu

So Gammons says Hanley is willing to play 3B, that Boras is pushing Drew on the Dodgers, and that the Rays want to trade Price for Seager AND Urias.

Assuming what Gammons says is true (big IF) WTF?! First, no way in hell would I ever trade Seager as part of a package for Price. Second, why the hell would the Dodgers ever give up their first round pick to sign Drew when they already have a SS in Hanley?! But you say, the dodgers have a hole in 3B so that's why Drew is needed. Wrong. I'd much rather Juan the Pumpkin man 3B than give a first round pick for Drew (who will want a lot of money after the Jhonny we love PEDs Cards deal); also the Dodgers could sign Infante and move him to 3B without having to give up a draft pick and for less money than the Drew option

Apples
Apples

If anyone cares, finally made a clue how to help raise THE JOLLY ROGER! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

BIah
BIah

So much snow in Ohio already

Bawfuls
Bawfuls

so I don't have one of those "televisions" or whatever, any way to see Mike's segment from MLBTV today online?

FreeDK
FreeDK

Purple Drank

"Jhon M says the Waterboy is stupid

*likes Demitri Martin*"

ooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is so JohnM right there!!!!! 

Freakin hipster

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@DKDodgers Mark Ellis is a second baseman only with a declining league average bat which makes him a poor bench piece and as mike discussed when his option came up if he is a poor bench piece then you only pick up the option in case you don't think alex is ready. They apparently do, I don't see why you would not trust them they have been right about most of the players they have signed so far.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@DKDodgers Maybe they declined it to re-negotiate a contract with MEHllis. In the market, it seems like he could be had for around $2-3mm. I definitely wouldn't be opposed to that 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman Oh man, I love dogs, especially pits. A dog reacts to how you raise it. My boxer/pit is 110 lbs and could've been a beast, but she's never harmed a person in her life

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@DKDodgers Also, thanks for your input with stats and comparisons. A lot of folks on here may greatly dislike you, for whatever reason, but I like having you here

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@DKDodgers @LA_Woman @Jobu It's not even about becoming the "great" 3rd baseman. It's about filling a black hole at that position. All I've heard is that he's the best position prospect we've had in years. Since our farm system has basically been totally pitcher heavy, that's just saying he's a decent prospect overall. That being said, I would absolutely love to see another Dodger 3b come up from our farm system, no matter if just a solid player or a stud

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

Gammond keep pushing this trade scenario. Not a fan of it. And Price has injury history. I can care less who plays 3rd as long as they can play it well and don't cost a draft pick. And I don't think it matters much if we were to acquire Price. Sure it would put us over the top, but Dodgers should stay the course and build. We will be better than last year. Kemp, Kershaw and friends will lead the way.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Jobu  Yeah, I don't get this. Several people here said earlier that they'd trade Seager (plus various others) for Price. But crikey, do any of them realize how long we've been waiting for a legitimate 3Bman? I don't want to give him up for anything.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

i have officially lost it. wonderful.

I may have trolled Mark a ton this year but he's slowly winning me over.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@DeucesWild @DKDodgers @LA_Woman @Jobu  Exactly. And as soon as I posted my comment, I realized I did not mean "legitimate," but HOME GROWN. (dammit, where's my edit button) 3B has been a black hole for us for so long.

Jobu
Jobu

Trading away a not even 20 year old top prospect for a hard to fill position in return for a 29 year old pitcher who will be entering the injury prone years (and do t forget that hurt tricep from last season) is about as dumb as it can get

Jobu
Jobu

Here's the link to the Gammons nonsense

www.dodgersnation.com/video-mlb-network-discusses-dodgers-potential-off-season-moves/2013/11/25

*VND*
*VND*

Snow is awesome sauce

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@DeucesWild @LA_Woman  The "yellow" comment? I didn't take that as racist at all. It was clearly a reference to their avatars.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman Also, I know you saw the comments earlier and I'm not a racist. I still feel like a dick though

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman I've never tried, but shaking hands, yawning, and showing me what she wants seem like much more useful tricks 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@DKDodgers Then just rebuttal :)

But seriously, it really bugs me when you're dismissed or made fun of without even getting a serious response.

Keep it up

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@DKDodgers I'm just thinking he'll get his chance in about 2 years. Like I said, he may have an impact an entire year after that. Imagine if he were like Z. Lee. If Seager were 22 and still feeling things out in AA, he'd be a complete trade piece. As of right now, he's too young to give up on

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman Even though we're pretty much 1.5-2 years away from seeing him debut and another year after that from making a solid impact, I'm willing to risk it. From the scouting reports I've read to the hopefulness of the sportswriters, he's worth that gamble. Plus, like you said, HOME GROWN

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

@Jobu I just want us to eventually form a team that was built and not bought. I love seeing young players flourish within the team that drafted them. Well.. by "the team" I mean the Dodgers.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@^<<**(vẻ đẹp)**>>^  We'll see what you have to say after you've lived in it through all the ugly gray/brown melty sludgy stuff and months of cold and dreariness.