Your Worst Nightmare

Like I could avoid using this picture. (via)

This has been a pretty productive offseason for the Dodgers, I think. We all liked the Dan Haren signing, we all accepted that Juan Uribe was the best option at third base, I’ve seen few complaints about J.P. Howell or Brian Wilson or Jamey Wright, and while Chris Perez is easily on the bottom of that list, it’s difficult to complain too much about a one-year deal for a few million guaranteed dollars.

All in all, it’s been a productive winter, with the exception of a lack of a backup infielder. And since the market there is so, so barren, that can mean only one thing: It’s the perfect opportunity to do something dumb. What kind of dumb? This counts:

For the record, I have absolutely no information or indication that the Dodgers are in on Betancourt. This is purely me seeing a tweet and having the wheels start turning, nothing more, and we should probably be honest that whether it’s Justin Turner or Alexi Casilla or Omar Quintanilla, we’re going to be underwhelmed by whomever comes in for the job — even if it’s just sticking with Dee Gordon.

Still, “four or five teams in” — and “more expected” (!) — from a reporter who has cornered the industry in terms of scoops on terrible or unknown players means that Betancourt is going to have a job next year, and that alone is unthinkable. In over 4,200 plate appearances over nine seasons, he’s been worth… -0.7 WAR. He can’t hit — .261/.285/.388 — and he can’t field (-74 DRS at shortstop). He’d be the perfect example of a replacement player, except for the fact that he never seems to get replaced. Really, I’m not sure that enough attention has been paid to the fact that he started 46 games for Milwaukee last year… at first base.

And yet, teams appear to be competing for him, because… well, this is one of those cases where our usual analytics don’t matter. I don’t need to recite stats, because they’re all terrible. Yet for some reason he keeps getting work, and when you look at a Ned Colletti-run team that needs a flexible backup infielder and has yet to do anything to infuriate us this offseason…

Again, I have no evidence the Dodgers are one of those teams. But would it really surprise you? Prepare yourselves.

411 comments
PF Flyers
PF Flyers

I like how this article is under the Yhency Brazoban catagory

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

The longer this off-season goes on the more it seems like a mistake that we did not re-sign Punto.  If something happens to Hanley, which something always does, I don't see how that can be anything but a disaster at this point.  Uribe too.

KingmanofLodi
KingmanofLodi

So for 8.8 Mil. we "Should have had/kept" MEllis and the Little Pony"...come on Ned let's play some chess...I'll put up a case of Lodi's wine vs. that Dead Rat on your head....

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Micheal Young over Yuniesky right? Right? ugh.... we're getting one of those 2 I just know it...

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

And Pau Gasol is raising his trade value: 23 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists and three blocks tonight on 10-17 shooting. 

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

The role players on this Laker team are definitely championship worthy: Jodie Meeks has been excellent, Wesley Johnson has embraced his defensive and three ball specialist role, Xavier Henry is a huge wild card that is usually dynamic enough to keep the bench unit in it, Steve Blake has been excellent in between injury stints, Jordan Farmar was looking like a real NBA player and Nick Young has sixth man of the year written all over him. Hopefully, Kendall Marshall will continue this kind of play, he had 15 (!!!) assists tonight and I'm not even mentioning Chris Kaman, who is a solid big and Jordan Hill, the rebound extraordinaire. There's hope for the future, if the Lakers can keep this group in tact and bring in someone like Carmelo Anthony and/or a top draft choice like Andrew Wiggins. 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

the eggs are chillin the jellos jigglin and the butters gettin hard

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

A great first start for Kendall Marshall. 13 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds in 30 minutes of game time on 5-8 shooting and a +/- of +12. Another successful reclamation project?

KMT59
KMT59

another top rank team bites the dust...night all

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler

Not sure if this has been brought up, but why is this article tagged, "Yhency Brazoban"? I'm guessing the "YB" factor?

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

Lakers keys to turn things around: 1) sign Allen Iverson 2) sign gilbert arenas 3) sign Melo this off season. Thank u and good day sir... oh and BTW those two middle aged white guys from the sonic commercials... STILL KINDA CREEPY

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

One thing I would like to see is what folks really expect from Yasiel Puig next year. Is he gonna destroy the NL or is he headed for a year like Jayson Heyward had in his 2nd year? Or some where in between which is where I think he'll come in but I think it will be something to behold.

KMT59
KMT59

@foultip with all the names thrown up here and I do mean the are vomit...Baker does seem to be the best

On a personal note people will look at your comments more if you get yourself an avata (tiny picture of anything fits your feelings or name)

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

@LakerDodger24 (Christmas Kirby) yea. maybe we can trade some of our role players for some second rounders. i'd like to keep wesley johnson. doesn't seem like he'd be too expensive next year. nick young is probly gonna be out of our price range. unlike most ppl i relly don't like melo. I LOVE lebron though LOLOL. 

ryus_hadouken
ryus_hadouken

@capnsparrow Puig will destroy everything in his path.


Plus, he has Gonzo and McGuire as his mentors and to me that is all he needs to continue projecting being a great player. Hopefully, he learns to correct his outfield throwing errors (most of which come from overly aggressive rather than off-the-line).  

Hoze
Hoze

@capnsparrow I can see a similar OBP, though with a lower HR rate 

foultip
foultip

@KMT59@foultip Thanks KT.  Good to hear from you.  

Seems a lot of recent DT regulars are on Link's site, or at least are checking it.  Are you?


I know you're sold on MSTI.  I really like Mike's work but am having a bit of trouble deciphering and following comments when I try to.

KMT59
KMT59

@foultip @KMT59  there is a lot of inside jokes here. This will help for a few: http://msti.wikia.com/wiki/The_MSTI_Encyclopedia

 I usually read all comments so I know what's going on for all the inside jokes...some peoples way of saying hi here is to say FY and they don't mean anything bad about it

 I don't follow Link but do you have the page for Jon's new site: http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/ 

not sure if he'll have game threads or not yet...it starts monday

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@HanleyBot (Gilbert) @PagansOedipalComplex well they need someone to backup Hanley who sadly is probably a lock to hit the DL at some point

ALL of the backup SS options besides Nick Green (65 PA's) and Jayson Nix (Yankee Stadium) slugged below .300 this past season, it's that bad

Hoze
Hoze

@capnsparrow @Hoze cause theyre purty-lookin :)

Im hoping he comes in next year with a line-drive mentally. Id rather him make the mistake and with it elevate the ball over the fence than aim for the fences.  In other words, I dont want to see him beat himself like Russell Martin eventually