No News Is Good News

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The Dodgers have been painfully quiet this week, and that’s raising the angst of a lot of fans, wondering why Ned Colletti is “sitting still” while the Diamondbacks go out and “improve their team”. (There’s not enough air quotes in the world around that last part, of course, because if anything, trading Adam Eaton and Tyler Skaggs for Mark Trumbo is good news for the Dodgers.)

You can completely understand that. This is the week things were supposed to happen, and so far nothing has happened. You want new players to analyze, old issues to get resolved, and something fun to discuss.

But really, it seems like that isn’t going to happen. Nor, probably, is a Matt Kemp trade, since the team apparently told Dave Stewart, Kemp’s agent, that they had no plans to trade him. (A conversation which Stewart was not supposed to have repeated publicly, since he had to go on 710 and publicly apologize for it. Whoops!)

I think we all felt that a Kemp deal was unlikely, for all the reasons we’ve discussed a million times, but this really doesn’t make it less likely, does it? If the Mariners called ten seconds after Colletti spoke to Stewart and started panicking and said that they’d send James Paxton and Mike Zunino and Taijuan Walker and eat every dollar of Kemp’s deal — which I should not have to tell you is an offer that wouldn’t happen on this planet or any other — you better believe that Colletti’s conversation be damned, Kemp would be on the move. That wasn’t likely to happen before. It’s not likely to happen now. Nothing has changed. (Although I did enjoy Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski insisting they’ve never even had a discussion about Kemp, contrary to the accounts of certain breathlessly reported Michigan reporters.)

With the possibility that something happens tonight, the Dodgers are likely to go home tomorrow without anyone new. Honestly, nothing that even happened this week affected the team that much, so far as we know publicly. The Trumbo three-team deal didn’t include players the Dodgers may have wanted or teams they match up with; Bartolo Colon, Logan Morrison, and Corey Hart, three players who moved today, never were considerations. The Nationals acquiring lefty reliever Jerry Blevins from Oakland might take them out of the J.P. Howell stakes, but it might not.

Kemp remains a Dodger. So does Andre Ethier. Juan Uribe remains a complete unknown. Only one of those things is likely to change soon, and while that’s not particularly exciting, remember that A) it may seem like Dan Haren has been a Dodger for five years already, but that was only a few weeks ago, and B) I’d rather be bored than terrified my team was going to give $60m-$80m to Nelson Cruz or eight years to Shin-soo Choo. The Dodgers will fill the holes they have. Whether that happens on December 11 or January 11 or February 11, well, it doesn’t matter all that much to me.

907 comments
deBlueProgeny
deBlueProgeny

I've finalized my revisions, and if the editors and reviewers are satisfied with them, I will finally have achieved my first, first-author publication. 

ngross32
ngross32

We made a move finally!  We did it!


ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

Who watched KMT"s weird ass video yesterday? Thanks for giving me dreams about sprouting a spare non-functioning penis KMT!

JackedNate
JackedNate

Soo the winter meetings are all but over and the most exciting thing was that the posting system has been finalized. Bring me Tanaka now, thank you.


The Mgmt.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

The Phillies signed Roberto Hernandez!  Isn't he like 50 now?  ;)

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

I remember wanting to be a writer in my youth.  Then, sadly, my chosen professions kind of took that dream, chewed it up and spat it out.  Although I was targeting fiction as opposed to scholarly endeavors.  But still.  All that said, it means I just have that much more respect for those who have managed to actually accomplish something with the written word, so congrats to you, the victor.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

This news blows.  But if he signs in CO, he can kiss goodbye any big future contracts afterwards cause that ERA would be going up.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

I want him back, but they should get in a bidding war over a middle reliever

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Hi

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

the other fausto Carmona one, not the original.

deBlueProgeny
deBlueProgeny

@SpaceDodger (math cat) @deBlue NightHeart Edition politics? Yeah there are some politics I suppose. On the other hand, if one did 90% of the work, it is nice to know who did it.

First author = most work, most intellectual ownership

Last Author = Often the provider of grant funding

2nd author, a lower-level graduate student that made minor contributions

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@steelmohawk I don't see why everyone wants him back, he's had a very serious shoulder surgery in the past, doesn't have great stuff, and in the last 3 seasons he's been worth -.3 fWAR

the Dodgers could do better, and cheaper 

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

sometimes there are too many options. but that is a good problem

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

cool I get a ton of access to journals at work

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Lies!  When he was dating what's her name, he was under-achieving.  Then they break up just before 2011 season and, well, we all saw what happened next.  Pinkman: "Science, bitch!"

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Please don't make any moves on Kemp.  He plays better when he's single.  It's a fact.