NL West Notes: Hudson, Kennedy, Dodgers

The Rockies have never lost 100 games and despite a disappointing season that has them last in the NL West, they'll likely avoid the 100-loss threshold again in 2012. Here's the latest from their division…

  • The Diamondbacks offered Daniel Hudson a contract extension this spring, but didn’t make Ian Kennedy an offer, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. GM Kevin Towers approached both pitchers and expressed interest in discussing long-term contracts. They were instructed to have their agents call Towers if they were interested. Hudson’s agent, Andrew Lowenthal of Proformance, called, but Kennedy’s agent, Scott Boras, did not. “I never heard anything from that, and I took that to mean [Kennedy and Boras] didn’t have interest,” Towers said.
  • The Dodgers’ starting pitchers have an assortment of health issues, so the team could find itself spending on free agent pitching this offseason, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes. The Dodgers won’t rely on prospects in 2013, so their “only choice is to spend and spend some more.” Zack Greinke wasn’t one of the team’s midseason targets, but he could appeal to GM Ned Colletti as a free agent.


13 Responses to NL West Notes: Hudson, Kennedy, Dodgers Leave a Reply

  1. Miley, Bauer, Skaggs, Corbin and many others have much higher upside than Kennedy. He has proven this season that he’s a number 3 option on a good team and maybe a number 2 option on a poor team. He’s not an ace. Last season was an anomaly. If he had negotiated an extension at the beginning of the season, he’d have gotten much more than he’ll get this offseason. I don’t see teams lining up to sign him to a big time contract. Also, keep in mind that while he was serviceable in Arizona, he choked under the lights in New York (not to mention the big stage of the playoffs last year). He’s of those ‘those guys’.

    • I think that someone will overspend (like the Royals) on Kennedy..say in the 5 yr 60 million range

      • furioustoaster 3 years ago

        He’s not a FA until 2016. No one has any idea what type of pitcher he will be then.

        Kennedy will get a low-ball long term offer from Arizona this off-season. If he doesn’t take it he will likely be traded before he ever gets to FA.

  2. AngryTick 3 years ago

    Hudson wishes he would have talked “extension” before the injury. So let’s hope Huddy comes back healthy. I imagine Kennedy and Upton will be traded in the offseason.

  3. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Greinke would/will cost too much considering how much LA already has committed. probably lower sights to an Anabel Sanchez, maybe lower to Edwin Jackson even if they are willing to play a waiting game with boras.

    Greinke is probably going to cost 18-20mAAV over 5Y and that is too much considering the money they have going out over the next several years as it is. Sanchez and Jackson both probably can be had on 3-4Y deals max at 12-14m per and with Sanchez there is stability in his numbers even, no dramatic gains/dropoffs except in the support he was given by the marlins.

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      You are one of the few who thinks that Frank McCourt still owns the Dodgers! I mean, hasn’t the last month changed your mind at all about how much the Dodgers are willing to spend?

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        How is that? it is some economics involved in the process.

        Sanchez and jackson are not that much lesser of a talent, but the cost + years figure to be far less.

        • BlueSkyLA
          BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

          No doubt, but I would say the lesson of the last few weeks is that no player is out of the Dodgers’ price range. At least that what I take away from recent events. I know this radical change in ownership capabilities is giving a lot of baseball fans a serious case of whiplash. No less so for Dodger fans, I assure you.

  4. Not surprised that Scott Boras didn’t call back—he likes to take players into free agency. I would not be surprised if Kennedy goes to arbitration in all of his arbitration-eligible years.

  5. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

    That is true, but it is also difficult when virtually every player is or has been on the DL. The Dodgers would not have needed to make so many changes had it not been for the injury onslaught.

  6. Sure they would have, team was/is flawed regardless.

  7. So you think the Dodgers are going to fly through the roof and have a payroll higher than the yankees had in their prime? Good luck with that. The Dodgers won’t make any significant moves in the offseason with already so much money tied into next year (about 170 million before arbitration) and needing money for a Kershaw extension. The spending was nice for them while it happened but now Dodgers will have to be a lot more guarded and have just about reached the top of their payroll affordability. The TV contract does not pay for the payroll, the money has to be coming from plenty of other places if you are suggesting they are going to push 250 million or go past that.

  8. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

    That “flawed” team was 17 games over .500 by the end of May. Currently 11 Dodger players are out for the season including the 1-2-3 in the starting rotation. All of the opening day OF has been on the DL at least once, and all but two players of the opening day IF, including utility players. Most of the bullpen has been on the DL at least once as well. So, no.

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