Dodgers Will Seek Big Bat, Catcher This Offseason

The Dodgers hope to lure a bopper to Los Angeles this winter in order to shore up the middle of their lineup, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.  Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has already acknowledged that adding a big bat will be a top priority this season.

There are some intriguing offensive options that will hit the open market this season including Adam Dunn, Carl Crawford, and a trio of former Dodgers in Jayson Werth, Paul Konerko, and possibly Adrian Beltre.  While those players will all come with hefty price tags, the Dodgers will have as much as $38MM coming off of their payroll at season's end.  That's money that the club could use in free agency though Gurnick writes that Colletti is more likely to get a power hitter via trade.

Gurnick also writes that Los Angeles needs a starting catcher, adding that Russell Martin was a question mark even before breaking his hip.  The backstop has seen his offensive production drop significantly in the last two years, hitting just .249/.350/.330 with 12 homers.


Leave a Reply

123 Comments on "Dodgers Will Seek Big Bat, Catcher This Offseason"


Guest
Guest
4 years 10 months ago

How many pieces do we have to trade? I assume Loney will be on the table and could headline a package for a bat. Ugh hate this team right now.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

I agree….I am a huge Dodger fan and i am just frustrated! these are my thoughts:
Starting Pitching: I like the majority of what you are saying. Lilly is a must get and the Dodger’s pitching is pretty bad so i see him back next year since he has been so dominant as a Dodger. Greinke deal isn’t going to happen. Exactly what the other guy said is we just flat out don’t have enough to get him.

Relief Pitching: RP for the Dodger’s this year have been awful but they have gotten better over the course of the season. I think Broxton will train a lot in the offseason and will be asked to practice and work on his pitches. Broxton has been a huge disappointment for the Dodger’s this year but i think he will bounce back strong next year. We have Kenley Jensen as a setup role who has been pretty dominant and should get even better over the offseason. Tronscoso, Dotel, Sherril, Belisario are a couple other names we have to make decisions on in the offseason.

Catcher is a big position need and i see one guy fitting in that role perfectly….Victor Martinez. He gives great experience, hits for Average and gets a good amount of HR and RBI’s.

1st base: I love the idea of getting some power in Dodger stadium with Adam Dunn. He hit 3 HR off of Kershaw earlier in the year at Dodger stadium so i think he could be a fit. Trade Loney for a nice prospect or maybe a 3B?

2nd Base: Ryan Theriot I think is a perfect fit. He is a great defender and can draw a lot of walks and he hits for a pretty good average, around .280-.290. He is also cheap so I think he stays a Dodger.

3rd base i have no idea what we are going to do with that position. They just placed Blake on waivers and he has been hitting very hot of late. It doesn’t look like the Dodger’s are going to make the playoffs so there might be some interested in Casey Blake from some contenders. So as for 3rd base in 2011 it is a ?. We could maybe try and trade Loney for a 3B instead of a prospect?

Shortstop is fine. Furcal is going to come back and it will be great. Maybe he gets another injury? We have out best prospect in Dee Gordon that could easily get a call up to the Majors. I don’t think we need to worry about the SS role.

Left Field: I was thinking about the possibility of the Dodger’s getting Carl Crawford but I like Podsendik and i think we should keep him. He is a lot cheaper than Crawford and their numbers are very similar. We also wouldn’t have the money to get Crawford if we got Martinez and Dunn.

Center Field:There has been many rumors about Matt Kemp wanting out of LA or his agent is saying he is being treated well. The flat out answer is that Matt Kemp hasn’t played well this season AT ALL. His agent can’t get mad at the Dodger’s for sitting Kemp a few games or the coach yelling at him? He is playing well and he needs to focus more on baseball more than his popular girlfriend. Even with all the distractions i see Matt Kemp staying a Dodger and i see a bounce back year out of him in 2011.

Right Field: Andre Ethier was hitting like a machine before he got injured before the All-Star break and after he got back he cooled off a lot. He is still a very talented RF who has very good numbers. Batting .297 with 20 HR and 71 RBI’s. So will stay and probably have an even better year with Adam Dunn in the lineup. Ethier’s production went up a lot when Manny was in the lineup when he was traded to the Dodgers. Will that happen with Dunn?

2011 Lineup:
1. Scott Podsendik LF
2. Rafael Furcal SS
3. Andre Ethier RF
4. Adam Dunn 1B
5. Matt Kemp CF
6. Victor Martinez C
7. Ryan Theriot
8. Third Basemen?
9. Pitcher Spot

2011 Rotation:
Clayton Kershaw
Tedd Lilly
Chad Billingsley
Vicente Padilla
Maybe a FA we get cheap?

That would definitely be a playoff team and maybe even a World Series contender. I think we need to get rid of our old players now like Manny, Blake, Kuroda, etc. Try and get a little something for them and we can save money for this big Free Agency Summer. What do you guys think?

Guest
booch11
4 years 10 months ago

shortstop is fine? you kidding? raffy’s been sidelined as much if not more than manny — and he’s not getting any younger.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

Did you read it all? “We have out best prospect in Dee Gordon that could easily get a call up to the Majors. I don’t think we need to worry about the SS role.” Read the whole thing!

Guest
dire straits
4 years 10 months ago

Just my opinion, but I don’t think Dee Gordon will be as good as he’s been hyped. I hope he proves me wrong. I’ll eat crow if he does.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah i don’t know what will happen either but 73 SB in A is saying something.

Guest
thegrayrace
4 years 10 months ago

yeah, his AA OPS is under .700. He is definitely not ready.

Guest
booch11
4 years 10 months ago

i did read it all. dee will be up and down next year but i don’t think he’s ready to make the jump. i hope im wrong. my guess is, if torre’s back, dodgers sign another aging veteran infielder to fill in rather than bring up gordon.
and jamey carroll is coming back for year two of his deal.
raffy is raffy — he’ll miss 60-75 games.

Guest
baseballdude
4 years 10 months ago

dodgers will not get dunn or martinez

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t think VMart will be able to sign with any NL team without taking a huge paycut.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

There is actually a good chance the Dodger’s land Dunn. Loney looks like he is moving and Dunn hit 3 HR off Kershaw earlier in the year so why would he not want to come to LA. Also the Dodger’s were interested in Dunn a few years ago as well.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

If we’re getting Dunn, then he’ll be playing LF, not 1B. Loney will still be our 1B until he hits free agency at the end of the 2012 season.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

I can’t tell if you’re trolling me or serious? What does Dunn hitting 3 HR’s off Kershaw have to do with his desire to go to LA? If anything, and I’m not saying 1 pitcher would really sway a player that much, wouldn’t he want to go to a team in the Dodgers division so he can face Kershaw more?I’m guessing/hoping you’re trolling..

Guest
booch11
4 years 10 months ago

where did you read or hear that loney is moving?

Guest
thegrayrace
4 years 10 months ago

I agree we have to resign Lilly and Padilla, and then bring in someone else. Harang, Arroyo, Vazquez, De La Rosa, Garland are a few that I can think of pursuing.

For the bullpen, Jansen, Kuo and Broxton will be the 7-8-9 guys, in some order, next season. Not sure what decisions need to be made regarding the other guys. Sherrill is an obvious non-tender candidate. Dotel is not needed. Troncoso and Belisario wait and see, they are under team control.

The Dodgers have a lot of promising bullpen arms in the minor leagues like Guerra, De La Rosa, Miller. Maybe sign another lefty over the off-season. Not a major concern.

I don’t really like Victor Martinez as our catcher. He’s simply not that good behind the plate, and is better suited for 1B/DH. I’m hardly overwhelmed by his power numbers, either. I’d stick with the cheap option in Barajas, as the guy clearly loves playing in L.A. and is a quality catcher with some power.

Theriot and Furcal/Carroll are obviously going to make up the middle infield.

As far as 3B is concerned, Beltre seems unrealistic but I like the idea of giving Aramis Ramirez a shot. He’s 5 years younger than Blake and could rebound. Even in a down year coming off injuries, he’s hit 20 HRs.

Dunn is a no-brainer, I’d take him in LF or over Loney at 1B anyday. I was advocating signing Dunn over Manny in the ’08-’09 off-season (and spending the difference on pitching) and everyone thought I was crazy.

I’m not so high on Podsednik, though. Mediocre defense and no power. I’d rather give Sands or Robinson a shot, honestly. If they struggle, LFers are easy enough to acquire in a trade.

Resign Lilly. Resign Padilla. Resign Barajas. Sign Dunn. Sign Aramis Ramirez. Sign a lefty reliever. Sign a Harang/Arroyo/Garland/De La Rosa/Vazquez type. Done.

Guest
Jeffrey Gomez
4 years 10 months ago

I’ve been patient with every core player but I say trade Martin in the offseason. He hasn’t done anything the past two seasons. The only problem is that there doesn’t seem to be a good fit at the C spot if we do trade him. Pitching and a Power Hitter are priorities.

Guest
booch11
4 years 10 months ago

who in their right mind would make a trade for russell martin? some are saying he may never play again.

Guest
vtadave
4 years 10 months ago

Who is “some”? Just curious if you have a link.

Guest
booch11
4 years 10 months ago

my bad – it was the same kind of injury that ended bo jackson’s career.

Guest
vtadave
4 years 10 months ago

Far far less severe than Bo’s injury.

Look for the ESPN article covering the injury. Bo severed a blood vessel that supplied blood to the joint in the hip, while Martin did not. It is fully expected that once the injury heals, he’ll be good as new.

Guest
Jessamynn
4 years 10 months ago

But what does “good as new” mean? Like…good as he’s been the past 2 years?

Not very enticing.

Getting worse at baseball while simultaneously getting older and more expensive is not very…well, you get my point.

Guest
thegrayrace
4 years 10 months ago

I’d resign Barajas and move Martin to more of a backup role, but his trade value right now is at its lowest. No sense moving him.

Dodger fans need to realize that you trade your players when their value is HIGH, not when it is LOW… for some reason, we can’t let go of these young guys when their numbers are still respectable.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

Yea, why trade if we have so much money coming off payroll?

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

Hmmmmmm… trade for Fielder, possibly Loney, Martin, Monasterios and sign a FA backup, V-Mart? and keep Pods in left to have Pods, Furcal, Ethier, Fielder, V-Mart, Kemp, Blake, Theriot, P but the idea of Dunn is intruiging.. Sign Dunn put him in left.. and then sign Beltre and put blake on the bench! Furcal, Ethier, Dunn, Fielder, Beltre, Kemp, V-Mart, Theriot, P. Hey I can dream can’t I? Then keep the rotation Kershaw, Lilly, Billz, Padilla, Ely

Guest
Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

You would really want Martinez behind the plate?

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

Gimme some other options who are FA catchers next year, first one with a bat I could think of

Guest
Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

Wow, mannywood must be really big, especially if you have Pods and Dunn playing LF.

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

Furcal, Ethier, Dunn, Fielder, Beltre, Kemp, V-Mart, Theriot, P. Wheres Pods?

Guest
baseballdude
4 years 10 months ago

thats 1 of the funniest things i have evr heard dunn beltre and martinez . yeah they r pretty much going to sweep the big name fa’s they r lucky to get 1 of them. yet they r not going to go get fielder

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

Dunn in left, VMart behind the plate…Fielder at 1B…you definitely won’t be a “run prevention” team…lol

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

lol no way but imagine how many runs that lineup would bring in every night. If the top 4 guys from this year.. kershaw, billz, lilly, and padilla can pitch anything like they did this year with that lineup behind them we wouldnt lose

Guest
TheCrew
4 years 10 months ago

i doubt that trade would happen for fielder. the brewers have some decent young catching, and if you don’t want martin then why would they? Although i don’t mind the idea of getting loney, the rest of the package would most likely have to be all pitching

Guest
booch11
4 years 10 months ago

brewers MIGHT be interested in biilingsley. they need a front line pitcher — bills is the closest thing the dodgers would have to give up (kershaw aint goin nowhere).
fielder’s 2010 numbers have been way off.

Guest
TheCrew
4 years 10 months ago

I didn’t mean to make it seem like i don’t think a dodgers-brewers deal could be possible, i just don’t think the deal would be loney, martin, and monasterios. There is no denying that fielder had a bad start to the season, but he can definitely hit the ball and would make the dodger’s lineup much more dangerous.

I could see something involving billingsley too. Him and gallardo together give the brewer’s a respectable 1-2 and would help them out quite a bit

Guest
vtadave
4 years 10 months ago

Sorry, but I couldn’t see that at all. The Dodgers aren’t going to upgrade at one position to open up a gaping hole at another.

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

Only way Dodgers trade Billz is if we sign or trade for another top of the rotation starter. Billingsley has season and career #s consistantly under 4.00 era and is still cheap so why would the penny pinching Dodgers trade a cheap, good, conistant, homegrown starter?

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

Loney, Ely, Monasterios? and maybe a decent pitching prospect. Remember Milwaukee wont be able to afford Fielder pretty soon so theyre gonna want to trade him before they get too desperate.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

Your first idea works….the second one not so much. We dont have the money for this
Furcal, Ethier, Dunn, Fielder, Beltre, Kemp, V-Mart, Theriot
I was thinking more of this:
Pods, Furcal, Ethier, Fielder, V-Mart, Kemp, Blake, Theriot
or this:
Pods, Furcal, Ethier, Dunn, V-Mart, Kemp, Blake, Theriot if we can’t get Fielder(don’t think we have the pieces to get him)

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah i thought the first idea was the most realistic. The only problem with your last idea is we have no 3rd baseman and 4 outfielders

Guest
baseballdude
4 years 10 months ago

fyi every single 1 of your ideas arent realistic not alot of fa’s would want to come to la

Guest
vtadave
4 years 10 months ago

Please stop. Yes, some of these ideas are unrealistic, but if the money is right, who WOULDN’T want to come to LA?

Please either shut your hole or actually contribute some meaningful dialogue here.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

4 OF?
Pods(LF), Furcal(SS), Ethier(RF), Dunn(1B), V-Mart(C), Kemp(CF), Blake(3B), Theriot(2B)

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

Got it, didnt realize Loney was gone, whered he go if Fielders not in the lineup?

Guest
logicx24
4 years 10 months ago

Think for once. You are saying every top free agent (V-Mart, Beltre, Dunn) will sign with the Dodgers?!?! Plus a trade for fielder, which you can’t make without screwing your rotation over. With your idea you have 2 first baseman in a no DH league (dunn,fielder), and are missing one outfielder. That will not happen for the dodgers, who are already in a dire financial situation, with half their team going to free agency.

Guest
booch11
4 years 10 months ago

right, the brewers will trade one of the best home run hitters in baseball for loney, a severely injured catcher and a rule five pitcher who can’t get out of the third inning.

Guest
Delino4Pedro
4 years 10 months ago

1. Trade Casey Blake to Indians for Carlos Santana.

2. Get Jayson Werth for free from Phillies.

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

Then we need to figure out how to get Bell back from Baltimore

Guest
baseballdude
4 years 10 months ago

R U SERIES BLAKE FOR SANTANA!!! I WOULD TAKE ETHIER TO GET SANTANA

Guest
bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

You think all these comments are serious dont you?

Guest
booch11
4 years 10 months ago

bballdue,
he was KIDDING

Guest
Guest
4 years 10 months ago

deal

Guest
thegrayrace
4 years 10 months ago

Only if the Dodgers agree to pay Casey Blake’s salary.