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:
I’m sure there are a fair amount of Dodger fans out there crying that the Angels landed Mark Teixeira and the Dodgers didn’t. I personally am not one of them. The problem here is the quality of the players the Braves wanted from us was far superior to the quality of players they wanted from the Angels. If the Dodgers had offered James Loney, the Braves wouldn’t have been able to accept the offer quick enough. But who on Earth would exchange years and years of discounted, Loney-like production for a 2 month rental of Teixeira? Resigning him is not a sure thing and even if you do, it will cost upwards of $100 million. Sure, Tex will make a difference for the Angels in the playoffs but had the Dodgers traded for him, there still wouldn’t be a guarantee that we’d even make the playoffs. I’ve said this a thousand times and I’ll say it yet again… the Dodgers should NOT trade any of the cornerstones of their franchise for a rental player. If we’re going to trade a James Loney or an Andre Ethier, it better be for someone who will be here for the long haul.
It’s once again come to that time of the year where the Dodgers make their annual call to the Red Sox about superstar slugger, Manny Ramirez. Manny announced, for the umpteenth time, that he would like to be traded from the Red Sox and doesn’t really care where he goes (at least, that’s what he’s saying now). What puzzles me is the fact that Manny has said he will only waive his no-trade clause if his new team agrees NOT to pick up his $20 million option for next season. Sure, most players want the security of a long-term deal and don’t want to be playing for consecutive one-year deals…but there’s no way that Manny will make $20 million per year in free agency.
-Mark Teixeira, ATL
Blue Jays Get
Red Sox Get
Word just came over the wire that the Dodgers have made a trade for a veteran 3B, the Indian’s Casey Blake. He’s not a flashy player but is solid offensively. This deal leaves the door open for an Andy LaRoche trade and will likely send Blake DeWitt back to the minors. Blake is capable of posting fairly big-time power numbers and as FoxSport’s, Ken Rosenthal, points out, has a higher OPS (on-base + slugging) than Vlad Guerrero, Raul Ibanez and Dustin Pedroia. In 2004 he hit 28 HRs with 88 RBIs for the Indians and hit 23 HRs the following year. This season he already has 11 HRs and projects to hit around 18-20 for the season. Currently he’s batting .289 and will likely end the season around .280 or so (according to his track record). He was being sought by many other teams including the Yankees, Mets and Angels, most with the idea of using him as an outfielder. His glove leaves a little to be desired at 3B but is plenty capable of getting the job done… it just won’t always be pretty.
Blue Jays Get