What’s Next For The Dodgers?

The bulk of the moves made by the Dodgers this offseason have focused on shoring up the team's rotation, unsurprising after their starters threw the sixth fewest innings in the National League this season. Both Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda were re-signed, and the rebuild was capped off today with the Jon Garland signing. Add in the incumbent Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley, and all of a sudden Ned Colletti's team boasts a deep starting staff.

Once the Garland deal was announced, Colletti told reporters that the rest of his offseason goals involve adding a bat, adding a reliever, and sorting out the team's catching situation (team Twitter link). A few weeks ago we learned that the Dodgers were likely to increase payroll next season despite the uncertainty surrounding the McCourts' divorce, and they could free up even more cash by non-tendering Russell Martin, George Sherrill, and/or Ryan Theriot. The $5.19MM they paid to former players Nomar Garciaparra, Orlando Hudson, and Jason Schmidt in 2010 disappears as well.

Colletti reportedly made a serious push for Aubrey Huff, but he's not expected to bid on Adam Dunn even though he's arguably the most dominant offensive force on the market. Colletti is likely do his shopping in the next tier of free agents, and has interest in bringing both Rod Barajas and Scott Podsednik back. Johnny Damon, Rick Ankiel, or Austin Kearns could slot into left field at a reasonable price, but that is nothing more than speculation on my part.

The late game bullpen will return next season in the form of Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, and the upstart Kenley Jansen, but Colletti will presumably look for an upgrade over Ronald Belisario (5.04 ERA) and Ramon Troncoso (4.33) for the middle innings. So far they've added a few guys on minor league contracts (most notably Dana Eveland and Oscar Villarreal), but the safe bet has them adding someone more established this winter.

Matt Klaassen of FanGraphs explained that despite his performance drop-off, Martin is still a fine option behind the plate if healthy. A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez would be the only backstops on the 40-man roster if he's non-tendered, and those two have just 143 plate appearances worth of big league experience combined. Barajas performed well for the Dodgers late last season, but Miguel Olivo and Yorvit Torrealba are available on the free agent market as well.

Colletti's done a great job of getting the most difficult part of his offseason out of the way early by locking up the three starting pitchers, but there's still plenty of work to be done. Luckily for him, the winter is still young.


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106 Comments on "What’s Next For The Dodgers?"


Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

I think Johnny Damon would be an exceptional fit for the Dodgers. I’d like to see that happen.

grabarkewitz
4 years 8 months ago

I have to disagree. Damon does not give the Dodgers what they need, power. I would not discount Dunn. Ned has been pulling some rabbits out of his hat and Dunn would be a nice get. If not Dunn, a platoon of Ankiel and Kearns would be better than sticking Podsednik back in left or adding Damon. I still feel that second base deserves an upgrade. Theriot is hardly the answer and I am still not sure that De Jesus is ready. Lastly, I feel that Loney is not the answer at first. Sign LaRoche and hope that Jerry Sands is ready to take over in left in 2012.

4 years 8 months ago

I like your idea of a platoon in left, and Kearns is a good fit. But Ankiel strikes out too much to be more than a full time bench player. Here are some I think could work:
Kearns and Hermida
Marcus Thames and Corey Patterson
Pat Burrel and Melky Cabrera/Jim Edmonds

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

I like your idea of Thames and Patterson, how about Bill Hall he could play 2b and of and he did pretty good for the Sox last yr. with 18 hrs.

4 years 8 months ago

He’d be a great option for a super utility man. I think he wants a heavier contract than the dodgers would be willing to give though. But if they bring in Hall he could be a part time 3rd, 2nd, and OF. They could trade Loney(non- tender), move Blake to 1st, put Hall at full time 3rd(or platoon in left), and sign a guy like Beltre or Crawford to provide defense and offense.

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

I like your idea of Thames and Patterson, how about Bill Hall he could play 2b and of and he did pretty good for the Sox last yr. with 18 hrs.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 8 months ago

Hopefully a settlement is next for the McCourts.

Gumby65
4 years 8 months ago

All Dodger talk was good today until you had to haul off and say their names.

😉

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 8 months ago

Haha. Sorry. It was a hopeful mention of their names though.

Stl_Great
4 years 8 months ago

Dodger’s got to get Jonathon Broxton on some kind of conditioning program, the Dodger games I watched, Broxton blew it for them.

4 years 8 months ago

I love that no one ever complains about a player’s weight until he performs poorly.

Okteds
4 years 8 months ago

I love that no one ever complains about a player’s negative attitude until it starts effecting the team’s cohesion.

vtadave
4 years 8 months ago

So Broxton had a “negative attitude”? How so?

Okteds
4 years 8 months ago

I wasn’t saying that…just using a hypothetical parallel example to point out the intellectual deficiencies in the statement above…

Okteds
4 years 8 months ago

I love that no one ever complains about a player’s negative attitude until it starts effecting the team’s cohesion.

4 years 8 months ago

you should be in shape regardless of performance.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t say that statement it true whatsoever. Prince Fielder is a great example. People have been on him about his weight for years, and he doesn’t perform poorly.

4 years 8 months ago

I love that no one ever complains about a player’s weight until he performs poorly.

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

What 2nd basemen or 3rd basemen do we know of that are available via trade?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Rickie Weeks/Kelly Johnson/Jason Bartlett/Aaron Hill.

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

Does Kelly Johnson play 3rd too or just 2nd?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

LF. You can probably stick him at 3rd as well. And obviously 2B

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

Does Kelly Johnson play 3rd too or just 2nd?

Troutman
4 years 8 months ago

Don’t think that hill is really in the dogers price range and even if he is I doubt AA moves him this season

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 8 months ago

I highly doubt The Blue Jays give up on Hill yet.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 8 months ago

I highly doubt The Blue Jays give up on Hill yet.

Taylor Maricle
4 years 8 months ago

WE WANT DUNN.

dodgers1111
4 years 8 months ago

All Dodger fans do but it wont happen.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

For the record, I don’t. I like first basemen who know which part of the glove goes over their hand.

Taylor Maricle
4 years 8 months ago

He’s not horrible at 1B, just below average. He’s a total butcher in the outfield, though.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

Number two in errors committed last year, only one behind Ryan Howard.

Taylor Maricle
4 years 8 months ago

At first base, errors don’t hurt as much.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

Even if I accepted that theory (which I don’t), it still doesn’t support your original argument that Dunn is only a below average defender at first. Whether you think it’s important or not, the fact is, he’s at the bottom of the barrel as a defensive first baseman.

dodgers1111
4 years 8 months ago

All Dodger fans do but it wont happen.

dodgers1111
4 years 8 months ago

How about they go sign Adam Dunn and Jayson Werth. That should fix there offense. Yes I know it wont happen but it would be nice to see the Dodgers have and spend money like other big market teams.

dodgers1111
4 years 8 months ago

What would it take to swing a deal for Prince Fielder?

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

Start by sending them Loney, a cheap replacement.. then Martin as a start?

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

Start by sending them Loney, a cheap replacement.. then Martin as a start?

harmony55
4 years 8 months ago

Two years of Chad Billingsley and two years of James Loney for one year of Prince Fielder and five or six years of Mat Gamel.

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

Theyre not getting Billz, we just completed our rotation one of the best starting 5 in baseball may i say, maybe a few minor league pitchers that are a year or 2 away. Maybe Loney, 2 minor league starters and Jensen or Broxton

vtadave
4 years 8 months ago

Probably Loney, Trayvon Robinson, Dee Gordon, and Chris Withrow.

Pavilionbum
4 years 8 months ago

A new owner

carlos
4 years 8 months ago

for the milwakee Gm to be drunk, and accept little. he aint getting any major leagers aka billignsley

dodgers1111
4 years 8 months ago

What would it take to swing a deal for Prince Fielder?

Pavilionbum
4 years 8 months ago

Everyone’s been ignoring what a problem defense has been for LA. They need a bat but need to improve in the field as well. Dunn would just make that worse.

How about James Loney for BJ Upton? Not a big bat, but better defense around the outfield. Then find a stop gap at 1B or go with Gibbons/Blake.

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

Wouldnt mind that, put Upton in center move Kemp to right and Ethier to left. Would have a solid 1-4 in the lineup with Upton, Furcal, Ethier, Kemp. But who plays first?

Pavilionbum
4 years 8 months ago

Exactly, Kemp is better off in RF and Ethier in LF. Improved defense around the OF and more speed. Maybe Gibbons/Blake at 1B, honestly wouldn’t be THAT big of a drop off from Loney. We still need a 3B though…

dodgers1111
4 years 8 months ago

Beltre to play 3rd. That will improve the defense.

Pavilionbum
4 years 8 months ago

Beltre would be a HUGE addition, but I don’t think we have the money.

dodgers1111
4 years 8 months ago

But if they could pull off a deal for BJ Upton and find a way to sign Beltre, we would have a nice squad next year.

Pavilionbum
4 years 8 months ago

Yep. If we DO have the big bucks to sign someone, I’d take Beltre over Dunn.

dodgers1111
4 years 8 months ago

But if they could pull off a deal for BJ Upton and find a way to sign Beltre, we would have a nice squad next year.

Quest2b1
4 years 8 months ago

If we have the money for Dunn, then we have for Beltre…doubt we have for either though.

Pavilionbum
4 years 8 months ago

then I take Beltre. More valuable Position and much better defender.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

Notice how Beltre always puts up great numbers in his walk years, but hardly any other time. Love his slick glove, but the rest of the package is just too questionable — especially for the dough he’s liable to get from somebody.

Quest2b1
4 years 8 months ago

I would take any year but 2005 or 2009; however, I think he just does not hit well in Seattle as his away OPS is much higher.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

Notice how Beltre always puts up great numbers in his walk years, but hardly any other time. Love his slick glove, but the rest of the package is just too questionable — especially for the dough he’s liable to get from somebody.

Pavilionbum
4 years 8 months ago

then I take Beltre. More valuable Position and much better defender.

Quest2b1
4 years 8 months ago

Been on the defensive kick for a while now and agree. If the team is built around starting pitching you do not put Dunn at 1st base.

Upton is a possibility, would kick the tires on Angel Pagan too. Getting Kemp back to RF and Ethier to LF dramatically improves the OF D.

jimboslice9
4 years 8 months ago

With a new GM in NY knowing what he’s doing, and probably building for the future, the Mets are more likely to part with Beltran than Pagan. Not saying it won’t happen, but it might take a little more than what Upton would take.

4 years 8 months ago

Love this idea.

Quest2b1
4 years 8 months ago

We could always sign Beltre and then send Blake to Boston as a consolation prize :) There, just freed up another 5MM lol

Quest2b1
4 years 8 months ago

We could always sign Beltre and then send Blake to Boston as a consolation prize :) There, just freed up another 5MM lol

Potrzeba
4 years 8 months ago

What about signing Paul konerko? Trade loney and a prospect for bj upton? Wonder what the red sox would give us for loney?

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

What do the red sox need loney for? Elsbury would look nice in center though

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

Is Lowell still on the BoSox? Can he still play 3rd?

Potrzeba
4 years 8 months ago

Nope, Lowell retired. Plus the red sox need a either a 1st baseman or 3rd. I wonder what loney could fetch us. A prospect or two?

PookieGonzales
4 years 8 months ago

No he retired. And he couldn’t play third towards the end. Sad way for such a great guy to go.

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 8 months ago

Is Lowell still on the BoSox? Can he still play 3rd?

YourBase
4 years 8 months ago

The starting pitching was fine, the defense hella sucked though.

4 years 8 months ago

thank all of you guys for being professional…i love coming in here and actually hearing baseball talk no matter who your team is all you guys speak logically. im tired of getting the mlbtraderumors links on facebooka and going in the comments section and seeing people post things like Fuck the Dodgers Go Giants or The Yankees suck guess facebook is chico state and this site is Harvard

4 years 8 months ago

thank all of you guys for being professional…i love coming in here and actually hearing baseball talk no matter who your team is all you guys speak logically. im tired of getting the mlbtraderumors links on facebooka and going in the comments section and seeing people post things like Fuck the Dodgers Go Giants or The Yankees suck guess facebook is chico state and this site is Harvard

4 years 8 months ago

thank god i can come here and actually listen to intelligent people talk baseball regardless of what team you root for. Instead of hearing the your team sucks my team is better rants on facebook by idiots…thank you guys

L.A.JOSHER
4 years 8 months ago

AMEN.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 8 months ago

The MLB.com comments are quite hilarious as well.

Quest2b1
4 years 8 months ago

I ran the splits on Loney and Blake at 1B, and we could expect a slash line of .367/.462/.829 /w about 18 HRs. I just do not think this is a major area of need. 3B & CF would be my target areas. This also gives Loney one more year to breakout (why sell low?).

I realize I am one of the last to still have faith Loney’s power will emerge to the 18-22 range :)

carlos
4 years 8 months ago

its better to have blake at left to platoon with gibbons. realistically in a stacked 1b market loney should be traded for a 2nd baseman or third. for the people posting about upton, you are stupid it wont happen. even the trash of the 1b market laroche gets you 25 hrs. pena would be great. good defense, works walks, and probably inexpensive. konerko has the age and injury issue, sadly dunn will be out of our price range. remember we still have to deal with C and 2b. cant use up all our money on dunn.

Pavilionbum
4 years 8 months ago

You really want Blake and Gibbons everyday in left field, or did I misread that?

And if the 1B market were stacked, what makes you think Loney would have any trade value?

Quest2b1
4 years 8 months ago

I ran the splits on Loney and Blake at 1B, and we could expect a slash line of .367/.462/.829 /w about 18 HRs. I just do not think this is a major area of need. 3B & CF would be my target areas. This also gives Loney one more year to breakout (why sell low?).

I realize I am one of the last to still have faith Loney’s power will emerge to the 18-22 range :)

true2lablue
4 years 8 months ago

I think we should strongly consider signing Carlos Pena and trading Loney for another solid outfielder…….He’s a lock for 30 bombs and plays great defense and I think Ned could get him in blue for around 3 / 24M

4 years 8 months ago

Nationals are said to be slightly interested in Loney. Would a Loney for Nyger Morgan and Chris Marrero deal work out? Then we sign one of the many free agent options at 1b for a year w/ an option. Then hope Marrero’s bat can be what it once thought to be a couple years from now.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 8 months ago

I would not want Nyjer Morgan on my team. He’s just like another Milton Bradley attitude-wise.