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  1. #1 I hate Ned Colletti
    #2 McDonald is a right hander
    #3 Octavio Dotel?? Seriously wtf?
    #4 I hate Ned Colletti

    Nice article.

    Comment by Chair — September 14, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

  2. For those of you keeping score at home, Octavio Dotel has been worth -0.2 WAR, has a 4.47 xFIP out of the pen. AND the Dodgers are 4th in the NL West.

    Comment by BX — September 14, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

  3. yes and add in andrew lambo ta boot

    Comment by chuck — September 14, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

  4. David Price doesn’t use his slider much anymore, he’s more of a curveball guy now

    Comment by bender — September 14, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

  5. I wonder to what extent the Dodger’s financial issues have affected Colletti’s ability to deal over the past few years because he has been giving prosepcts away like they are going out of style. It’s going to really catch up with them…if it hasn’t already.

    Comment by thedream — September 14, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

  6. McDonald has had four fantastic starts and four so-so ones.

    That doesn’t quite make him an ace (except maybe for the Pirates).

    But every OTHER start is a quality start, some shutout.

    That and a sub-4 ERA (for the Pirates) spells “second starter” to me (so far)

    Comment by Tom Au — September 14, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

  7. You’re right, that’s not too much to give up for Dotel

    Comment by Christian — September 14, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  8. Consider the Pirates’ “ace” over the past five years or so has been Zach Duke. It’s a sliding scale.

    Comment by sean — September 14, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

  9. #1 I agree
    #2 I hate Ned Colletti
    #3 CLOZER!!?!?!!?1!?
    #4 I agree

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — September 14, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

  10. This guy has no grit at all. Give me a proven gamer any day of the week.

    Comment by Ned Colletti — September 15, 2010 @ 1:21 am

  11. Agent Ned has been activated

    Comment by quincy0191 — September 15, 2010 @ 2:22 am

  12. I’d be pissed if I was a Dodgers fan. Ned makes some terrible moves. Don’t forget he gave up Josh Bell for George Sherrill.

    Comment by Greg — September 15, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  13. And Carlos Santana for Casey Blake.

    Comment by Ned Stinx — September 15, 2010 @ 9:40 am

  14. The ace, to the extent that there was one, was Maholm, not Duke.

    And it’s also worth noting that most Pittsburgh starters look much worse in ERA than they actually are, because they defense sucks and (with the exception of the first 2/3 of 2009) has for at least six or seven years.

    Comment by Vlad — September 15, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  15. And Andy Laroche for Manny Ramirez.

    Comment by Bill — September 15, 2010 @ 10:42 am

  16. When the judge forces a sale, Ned is the first to go under new management. Please. Before he trades Matt Kemp for 40 year old catcher that hits .200

    Comment by M — September 15, 2010 @ 10:44 am

  17. I wonder why the pitch fx data for McDonald has not been updated since his start on 8/27? I;d be curious to see the data, especially for his two most recent starts.


    Comment by Shoeless_Mike — September 15, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  18. They’ve also had a somewhat nonexistent draft budget, until this year at least. I imagine their farm system must be near barren by now even with Logan White.

    Comment by Gina — September 15, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

  19. Does it really matter that much? A second starter is still decidedly more valuable than Dotel and way better than what the pirates currently have.

    Comment by Gina — September 15, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

  20. In the Sports Illustrated article on the McCourt’s divorce, the writer credited Ned with (and I paraphrase from memory) cleverly trading for Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake while getting the trading teams to pay their respective salaries. It’s probably the first and last time “cleverly” will be used to describe trading Santana for Blake and the cash to cover Blake’s contract.

    Comment by hk — September 15, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

  21. Let’s wait to see how Bryan Morris turns out before we chalk that one up in Ned’s column.

    Comment by Grant — September 15, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

  22. Not to be “that guy” and pimp my blog, but I think my Pirates 2011 outlook fits in context pretty well.
    McDonald’s been fantastic, and the offensive core is certainly exciting. Don’t want to count their chickens, but the Pirates’ rebuild may actually be working. Octavio Dotel is the new Casey Blake, in that every time he touches the diamond I get to say “well, at least they don’t have James McDonald (or Carlos Santana). Agent Ned FTW.

    Comment by saberbythebay — September 15, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

  23. Tabata and Walker, star potential? Walker will at best be a league-average 3B in some other town. Tabata is looking like the second coming of Joe Orsulak so far. Granted, he’s only 22.

    But the Buccos are better than they were on Opening Day, fer sure.

    And Ned Colletti is still the saddest GM in baseball.

    Comment by Mark — September 16, 2010 @ 12:58 am

  24. Don’t worry…I’m already here!

    Comment by Brad Ausmus — September 16, 2010 @ 6:20 am

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