Joe Smith Had An Offer From Dodgers, Says Joe Smith

Hurts my arm just to look at it. (via)

Hurts my arm just to look at it. (via)

When the Angels signed reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15m deal last week, it was met with some confusion around baseball. Smith’s a fine reliever, durable and all that, but he’s not really elite at anything, and we should all know by now how three-year deals for relievers usually work out. (This is basically what I said about him when i was on Clubhouse Confidential last Monday.) He’ll help what was a poor Angels bullpen, but it just seemed like an overpay and an odd use of resources when the team needs starting pitching just as badly.

Well, thanks to J.P. Hoornstra, we know that the Angels weren’t quite off the mark, because other teams had offered Smith three years too… and while the Dodgers weren’t among them, they did make an offer.

This came from Smith himself on a conference call, so we can take it at face value to be reasonably true. So we can take two things away from this:

1) The Dodgers, really, really want to add a veteran reliever, and:

2) Maybe, maybe, Brandon League & Matt Guerrier have convinced Ned Colletti that three-year deals for non-elite relievers are rarely the way to go, since it seems the Dodgers topped out at two.

If that’s the case, maybe that’s why they’re potentially (and, important to note, potentially not) entertaining the idea of greatly overpaying for a single year of Jim Johnson is preferable than extending for three years on someone like Smith. (Or maybe “generic righty relievers with even more generic names” is the new market inefficiency. Who knows.)

Either way, we can safely assume that the 2014 Dodgers will be taking at least one pitcher with them to Australia who isn’t currently on the roster. Maybe that’s as simple as bringing back Brian Wilson; more likely, it’s someone else. Place your bets now.

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PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Wonder if they'd go with a Jeff Francis type leftie over J.P. Howell and an atrocious 3 year deal

KMT59
KMT59

@Catfishin I heard you wanted to talk to me...DM me on twitter

I Digesti
I Digesti

Sad thing for the Angels - Belli would be like the second best guy in their 'pen.  Maybe they sign him?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Crap I forgot to tender my liver, it's bolting out the door for the free market.

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

Gotta wonder if league wasn't locked up with a ridiculous contract we probably would've kept belsosario.

I Digesti
I Digesti

Bellyfat non-tendered, but do we bring him back?

JoeyE
JoeyE

wish we gave up tolleson but he's probably hurt right

JoeyE
JoeyE

future person off season edition

JoeyE
JoeyE

YES. who questioned me earlier?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

THEY STILL HAVEN'T ANNOUNCED IF THEY'VE TENDERED KERSHAW YET

Jobu
Jobu

Would laugh harder if it wasn't something the Angels may actually do

Barney G
Barney G

@JoeyE I did. Colletti doesn't usually get rid of veteran players even when they're inconsistent. I guess with the new ownership group, he's changing his approach.

Barney G
Barney G

@JoeyE  @Purple Drank I guess Colletti isn't going in house to replace Belisario. He's probably signing a veteran set up guy in case Dominguez and Yimi Garcia aren't ready.