NL West Notes: D’Backs, Giants, Dodgers, Ramirez

The Padres fired GM Jack McKeon on this date in 1990. Now the Marlins' skipper, McKeon is nearly 81 and still going strong. Here's the latest from his former division…

  • ESPN.com’s Keith Law says D'Backs executive Jerry Dipoto deserves significant credit for his team's success, just as former GM Josh Byrnes and current GM Kevin Towers do. Dipoto steered the team through the 2010 trade deadline, acquiring Daniel Hudson among othersMLBTR’s Tim Dierkes spoke to Dipoto last month for our GM Candidates series.
  • The spirit of last year's World Champion Giants has been lost to "exhausting expectations, demoralizing injuries, down years and a weekly reality show," Tim Brown writes at Yahoo
  • Bill Burke, who submitted a $1.2 billion bid for the Dodgers in late August, told Bill Shaikin of the LA Times that owner Frank McCourt did not respond to the offer. It expired yesterday, but Burke offered McCourt an extension. An attorney for McCourt dismissed the offer as a publicity stunt earlier this month, which makes a deal seem highly unlikely.
  • Troy Renck of the Denver Post has heard that the Rockies aren't looking at Aramis Ramirez (Twitter link). Ramirez said yesterday that he has probably played his last game as a Cub.


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30 Comments on "NL West Notes: D’Backs, Giants, Dodgers, Ramirez"


lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 10 months ago

The fact that Burke went out and talk to Shaikin means that McCourt may not have actually been behind this offer, to me anyways

OCAngels
3 years 10 months ago

dodgers and yankees? dumb name bro, all the Yankees have done in history is beat the Dodgers in the WS.  Are the Yankees your back up plan every year?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 10 months ago

Ive basically spent the last 2+ years explaining my name. Im from NY, have Yankee ties back to Babe Ruth(grandfather personally knew him), and moved to Los Angeles from NY in 2000. Couldn’t see Yankee games on TV, wanted to watch baseball, so I started watching the Dodgers, the team much closer to my house than the Angels

BruinPirateAnteater
3 years 10 months ago

That’s pretty dope, I like it!

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 10 months ago

haha only here to please

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

1955 biatch.  :-)

OCAngels
3 years 10 months ago

All time 8-3 Yanks in the WS MuthaF#ck#r

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 10 months ago

I figured the entire theory was ridiculous.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 10 months ago

The number was huge, but if you think about it… team is worth 750M, land and others are probably worth another 200M or more. If you have to beat a bid by someone else… the number starts getting up there. Honestly, we’ll never know if it was legit, but McCourt would have to be dumber than we all thought if he turned it down if it was a legit offer…

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 10 months ago

It is a big number. I haven’t seen a breakdown but I think the previous appraisals of the team’s market value have always included all the property. I don’t think McCourt made the team’s assets more valuable by dividing them up. But the truth is the land around the stadium could be very valuable in the right hands, and if the money was coming from China, we know they’ve got plenty of dollars available to repatriate.

bayareabeast
3 years 10 months ago

exhausting expectations? playoffs with the team we had shouldnt have been too high of a expectation..

Just_Da_damaja
3 years 10 months ago

they are only 3.5 game out…and with the way ATL is playing…anything can happen

bayareabeast
3 years 10 months ago

the cardinals are playing just as good as us and their 2 games infront of us now. we would need a miracle

rainyperez
3 years 10 months ago

I think the injuries hurt the Giants more than anything. How different would the team be if it had Posey and Freddy Sanchez at this point in the season. Blaming it on the reality show? Really? Then again its Tim Brown…

Baseballfan83
3 years 10 months ago

Sanchez and Posey (Could be but but hasn’t proven anything, look at Jason Heyward) arn’t huge bats they would look relatively similar. They need to retool in the off season something should have done last off season but like the 02 Angles team they got clouded by the WS win and didn’t make moves. Going into the year with a shot Tejeda, vaslty overrated Cody Ross, still lugging along the contracts of Aaron Rowand and Barry Zito there are lots and lots of reasons that they are not going back and its way beyond 2 injuries. But i do agree the show has nothing at all to do with it. 

Reaper87
3 years 10 months ago

Losing a .300 hitter (and elite defender at 2B) and a cleanup hitting catcher for most of the year is a big blow. Even if Posey didn’t build on last season, not having to deal with the Stewart/Whiteside platoon behind the dish would be worth a couple wins minimum right there. “vastly overrated” Ross? Anyone who expected October 2010 Cody and not April-September 2010 Cody, which we’ve pretty much gotten, is smoking something funny

SFrush90
3 years 10 months ago

Posey and Freddy would’ve helped over Whiteside and Stewart. He wouldn’t nearly be as bad as them if he had a “sophmore slump” this year. Freddy was pretty hot when he got hurt and most likely would’ve been hitting in the .280 range. 

3 years 10 months ago

The giants were done in by a brain dead GM, manager, and a injury plague of biblical proportions.  The giants injury situation has been the worst in the majors by a staggering amount but that’s still no excuse for a year long love affair with rowand, huff, cabrera, and tejada.  Tim brown has no idea what he’s talking about but that’s what you expect from the yahoo collection of hacks that includes jeff passan the king of morons.  Tough season for the giants but sabean is the blame for much of it and should do the bay area a favor and take the cubs job.  He’s arguably the worst GM in baseball and will never be fired due to a clueless ownership group that is only concerned about making as much money as possible.

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah horrible job with last year’s team, right?

Just_Da_damaja
3 years 10 months ago

overall….Sabean has been a terrible GM…how many years has he been there ?
15 ?
1 ring…he inherited a team with the greatest left-handed hitter in the past 60 years and surrounded him with Moises Alou, Aaron Rowand, Edgardo Alfonzo and Jeff Kent…

The Liriano / Nathan trade ALONE would’ve gotten him fired in NY

baybombers
3 years 10 months ago

Jeff Kent wasnt bad? One of the best hitting second baseman of all time

OCAngels
3 years 10 months ago

you had the same problem as the Halos , no offense.  Exhausting expectations is right

iheartyourfart
3 years 10 months ago

you forgot the fact that they just weren’t that good of a team from top to bottom

Bled Orange
3 years 10 months ago

Last year i said the giants wouldn’t be anywhere without huff torres and posey.

The pitching staff was everything, thats a givin but those three were the consistant offence every night. the giants season went south because huff and Torres are completely different guys then last year and posey can’t help them from his couch.

It’s been a wild and entertaining season but the last month and a half have been really disapointing

Rabbitov
3 years 10 months ago

Thats how teams win the WS every year, they use the “faking strategy.” 

Bled Orange
3 years 10 months ago

The rangers are going back to the playoffs because they get to be in a 4 team division with sorry a$$ Oakland and Seattle. The giants pitched them to sleep last year.

They weren’t a fluke, they got hot at the right time and got big hits in huge games and I’m pretty sure that’s what makes a champion

SFrush90
3 years 10 months ago

What a great analysis. I guess not having their top hitter for the season (Posey), 2nd top hitter out for a month (Pablo), and 3rd top hitter (Freddy) not being in the lineup makes them a fluke. You’re a genius! If the Rangers didn’t have Nelson Cruz and Kinsler, the Angels would be in first. 

$3513744
3 years 10 months ago

At least that strategy has won them one.  Already more rings than Billy Beane.

Reaper87
3 years 10 months ago

But Beane got a movie about his teams that never won a ring where Brad Pitt played him, which is pretty impressive when you think about it

Yankees420
3 years 10 months ago

“The rangers are going back to the playoffs because they get to be in a 4 team division with sorry a$$ Oakland and Seattle.”

Because the Rockies, Padres, and Dodgers have been such stiffer competition?