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  1. What happened to Xavier Paul? I thought they finally cleaned out their aging LF corps so they could give him a shot. Surely, he deserves at least a mention as an option.

    If they believe in him, then really there’s no reason for the Dodgers to waste much money on anyone better than Gibbons or Thames.

    Comment by Jeff Akston — January 19, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  2. “That is six roster spots taken up with outfielders for very little gain.”

    Wouldn’t it be five?

    I feel like Gibbons is to difficult to accurately predict. He has never played in the NL and is far removed from meaningful MLB playing time. Besides, he is supposed to be fighting with Xavier Paul in spring training for the left handed half of the platoon.

    Comment by Table — January 19, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

  3. That was either a typo or the Super New Saber-Math.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — January 19, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  4. “Neddie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

    Comment by D4P — January 19, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

  5. LOL, though I thing there is a better than 50% chance that Casey Blake spends a fair amount of time in the outfield against left handers, with Uribe moving to third and Carroll playing second. So that would give you six.

    Comment by Table — January 19, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  6. Paul was up last year and put up fairly unimpressive numbers (no HRs IIRC) so maybe LA FO decided to go another route instead of playing him full-time.

    Comment by odbsol — January 19, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  7. Pawlikowski said as much last November:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/the-dodgers-desperate-need-for-a-left-fielder/

    Comment by odbsol — January 19, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  8. Exactly. It’s Ned Colletti does anyone really expect great things?

    Comment by DonCoburleone — January 19, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

  9. maybe the Cubs can dump Fukudome on the Dodgers…

    Comment by KyleJo — January 19, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  10. Agent Ned!

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — January 19, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

  11. maybe the dodgers can sign johnny damon! i hear he is still looking for a job… so is manny. LETS PLATOON MANNY AND DAMON!!!! haha no im just kidding. thames is a good bat against lefties, especially as a pinch hitter against lefties, but he should not be starting in the field. and if he projects better against righties than his platoon partner… ouch!

    Comment by phoenix2042 — January 19, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  12. “going with Tony Gwynn, Jr.’s glove-only approach in left (or preferably, center with Matt Kemp switching to left)”

    If there is going to be OF shuffling in LA for Gwynn, I think most observers would expect Kemp and his strong arm to go to RF and for the less-mobile Andre Ethier to move to LF. But Gwynn will have to hit the ball hard a lot this spring for Dodger management to actually do that. And Paul will have to have a ridiculous spring to make the team as well, but I suppose he only has to be better than Gibbons to win the job as the LH half of the platoon.

    Comment by DavidYoungTBLA — January 19, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  13. Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyy Ned Colletti!

    Comment by Mike Savino — January 20, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  14. You guys have to be kidding me throwing these names out there. Gibbons is 33 going on 34, has never hit for average, hasn’t played significantly ML baseball in 3 yrs, is a pass steroid user, and is a very bad defender. Tony Gwynn has NEVER hit for avg or pwr in the minors or majors. People rave about his defense, but can that cancel out the fact that he won’t get on base enough to help a team win. The bottom line here is that X. Paul is the best option the Dodgers have. Anyone who has any baseball sense would see that. The guy has averaged a 320 BA in Triple A. His #’s have gone up every year since High A. He’s a 5 tool guy and he brings more to the table than anyone they have besides Kemp and Ethier. If this guy doesn’t play in LA he’ll become a star somewhere else just like James McDonald, Carlos Santana, Jason Werth, Shane Victorino, and countless others.

    Comment by BluesBoy — January 20, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

  15. As a Giants fan, I hope you are correct about this particular platoon, but I have a problem with your qualifier ” for teams having trouble filling a position” in your first sentence.
    Do you have evidence to support the implication that platooning is not a good idea except as a last resort?
    It seems to me that, prima facia, platooning is a good idea, for many reasons, if a team has 2 reasonably comparable players with opposite splits at one position. The burden of proof must fall on the one denying the prima facia case.

    Comment by GiantHusker — January 20, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  16. One question I have about platooning . . . and I’ll set it up with a hypo. Let’s assume that Player X is a left-handed LF with career .360 OBP/.465 SLG vs. righties, but only .300 OBP/.350 SLG vs. lefties. Let’s assume the team has a decent right-handed platoon mate and tries to keep Player X from hitting lefties as much as possible, so it’s about as pure a platoon as you can get. Let’s also assume that Player X is a solid defender, at least as good with the glove as the platoon mate and other LF options the team has.

    Roughly how often does Player X still end up hitting lefties, due to situations where it isn’t worth taking him out yet?

    Comment by Will — January 20, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  17. The reason I ask the question above is that sometimes when we think about platoons we imagine them as being Platoon Mate 1’s stats vs. Left + Platoon Mate 2’s stats vs. Right, when the actual results aren’t going to be that good, due to the AB where the players are facing pitchers of their worse arm orientation..

    Comment by Will — January 20, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

  18. Oriole fan here. Great article – what is your opinion of a Pie/Reimold platoon in LF for the O’s?

    Comment by Beaned1 — January 20, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

  19. Those guys are stars? #loweringthebar

    Comment by Matt — January 20, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

  20. James McDonald and Dicktorino are “stars”?

    Comment by Anon — January 20, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

  21. #usinghashtagtomakeajoke

    #meta

    Comment by Anon — January 20, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

  22. Calling them stars might be a little bit of a reach I suppose, but Victorino is a consistent 3-win player that provides above average offense and defense.

    McDonald was very good after leaving last year, putting up 1.7 WAR(however fluky pitcher WAR is) in just 11 starts. Unreal FIP of 2.91.

    Comment by Josh Amaral — January 21, 2011 @ 1:55 am

  23. A Scott Hairston signing would have fit in much better and for the same price.

    Comment by Jimbo Jones — January 21, 2011 @ 2:31 am

  24. dump? I thought fukodome is a good player? last year .263/.371/.439 with avg defense over past 3 yrs. maybe you think he’s too expensive?

    Comment by brendan — January 21, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

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