Dodgers Notes: DeWitt, Halladay, Young Players

Some Dodgers notes from Ken Gurnick of's latest mailbag…

  • The club is uneasy about Blake DeWitt as their everyday second baseman because of his lackluster defense.  If DeWitt's offense were on par with the likes of Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, Jamey Carroll would likely be slotted on the bench rather than split time with the 24-year-old.
  • The Dodgers made an earnest attempt to land Roy Halladay prior to the blockbuster deal that shipped him to Philadelphia.  According to sources, the Blue Jays would have preferred L.A. as a trading partner, but of course, it wasn't really up to them.  Ultimately, it didn't matter how much the Dodgers could give Toronto or potentially give Doc in an extension, the Phillies were at the top of his list.
  • One reader asked why the Dodgers don't lock up their young core players in long-term contracts rather than go to arbitration with them.  Gurnick says that it is often a risky proposition and references the regression of Russell Martin as an example.  Had the Dodgers given him a hefty four or five-year deal after his back-to-back All-Star seasons, they would have likely regretted it after his slide the past two seasons.

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