Unleash the Beast

While I was enjoying a nice day on the beach at Santa Catalina Island, I was keeping track of the moves made before the trade deadline on my iPhone. Fellow beach goers were fairly startled when I jubilantly jumped up out of my seat, exclaiming at the top of my lungs, “we got Manny! We finally got Manny!” (tear of joy rolling down my face). Then a sudden panic set in. Who did we give up to get him? Matt Kemp? Andre Ethier? James Loney? Clayton Kershaw? None of the above? Believe it or not but you’d be correct if you guessed “none of the above”. It took a little while before all the details started streaming in but once they did, I did a double-take…no, scratch that…it was a triple or quadruple-take…possibly even a quintuple-take because I found out that the World Champion Boston Red Sox sent us their World Series MVP who happens to be one of the top 5 hitters in the game and a future Hall of Famer for Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris. That’s right… Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris and that’s it; a decent, 25 year old, 3B prospect who’s not nearly as popular in scouting circles as he once was due to the trouble he’s had hitting big league pitching and a mid-level relief prospect, one year removed from Tommy John surgery who’s not even one of the Dodgers’ top 15 prospects, maybe not even top 20… Did I mention that Boston will also be covering all $7 million that is remaining on Manny’s contract for this year? Absolutely amazing! Thank you Boston! The fact that we get to keep Kemp and Ethier is really something else. I’m just beside myself. I should probably blog about this later when I’m not in a state of shock. All I can really write is “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it.” over and over again. I guess the very least I can do is rank the Dodger prospects to give you an idea of what a steal we just made:

1. Clayton Kershaw, LHP
2. Ivan DeJesus, SS
3. Scott Elbert, LHP
4. Chris Withrow, RHP
5. Blake DeWitt, 2B/3B
6. Andy LaRoche, 3B
7. James McDonald, RHP
8. Josh Bell, 3B
9. James Adkins, RHP
10. Ethan Martin, RHP
11. Lucas May, C
12. Andrew Lambo, OF
13. Chin-Lung Hu, SS
14. Kyle Russell, OF
15. Austin Gallagher, 3B/OF
16. Cole St. Clair, LHP
17. Cody White, LHP
18. Thomas Giles, OF
19. Josh Lindblom, RHP
20. Anthony Delmonico, SS
Anybody see Bryan Morris anywhere on that list? Anybody? Really, I shouldn’t rag on the guy… Afterall, he was a top 20 prospect (and 1st round pick) at one time but took a major hit because of TJ surgery…not because of a lack of skills or anything like that. If he can rebound from the surgery (which he pretty much has at the minor league level, at least) he could eventually become a decent middle reliever one day. Best case scenario you’ll see him as a back of the rotation starter. 
And by the way…notice I have not said a single word to credit GM Ned Colletti for this move? There’s a reason for that. The reason is speculative, but if true could be the final nail in the coffin for old Ned. Rumor has it (reported on LA sports radio) that Ned in fact did not want to make this deal. Team owner, Frank McCourt, reportedly had to get on the phone himself to complete the deal with the Sox. If this report is true, Ned has absolutely no defense. It’s not like he was trying to preserve our young players… that wasn’t a concern at all since none of our cornerstones were involved in the deal. It’s hard to believe but would fall right in line with everything that Ned has done up to this point. Let’s hope for his sake that it’s not the case because I can’t imagine that he’d hold onto his job for very long after scoffing at a no-brainer…. That’s the icing on the cake…if true. We’ve already gained Manny and now might lose Ned. What a day!