People always joke about Ned Coletti being a Sabean disciple, call him Agent Ned, etc., but Jesus Christ this offseason is like a caricature taken too far. There’s so much veteran, gritty gamerness in the Dodgers lineup I’m not even sure Sabean will watch any Giants games this year.
I think Coletti deserves some leniency for being the victim of poor timing, but even with the tiny amount of rope he’s been given he’s managed to hang himself.
Dodgers should have target guys like Aramis Ramirez, Ramon Hernandez, and Cody Ross. Though even that would have only been marginally better. They really should have gone after Beltre last year, who is it that gives out these “no contracts longer than 3 years” mandates?
Of the four main run producers from last season that you listed, three of them are returning. I agree that Dodgers offense sucks, but I anticipate Gordon/Sands/Hairston at least match the kind of production that Carroll/Furcal/Barajas did. Plus, a healthy Ethier will make up for whatever regression Kemp suffers.
Before the Cubs hired Epstein and Hoyer, an overnight host on one of the local sports had The Moustache as his personal favorite as the Cubs’ new GM. I nearly shit myself the first time I heard him say it. After 8 years of Hendry, he wanted another dinosaur. Of course the same host, Les Grobstein also thinks Sabean is a great GM.
Comment by Franklin Stubbs — December 17, 2011 @ 2:29 am
How did Kemp have a career high K rate in 2011? He did have a career high walk rate, but also showed markedly better pitch selection (swinging at early fastballs, laying off outside sliders).
Also, how did Barajas/Navarro do anything in 2012? 2012 hasn’t happened yet.
I’m a Giants fan…and to be honest, I’m pretty thankful for Sabean, even in the context of how disappointing this offseason was coming off 100+ straight sell-outs. Sabean traded “problem guys” like Jonathan Sanchez for a Melky we all pray turned the corner, and sold low on Andres Torres because they couldn’t take the “bad soldier” routine anymore to get Angel Pagan, who should actually be a pretty decent leadoff guy and was unlucky and in a funk last season.
Of course, picking up Affeldt’s 5m option when the teams desperately needs to sign a guy like Carlos Beltran…that kinda sucked.
But to be honest, if they weren’t hosing the fans when they said that they would extend Lincecum and Cain, that would be a pretty good offseason. At least in terms of a conservative, “let’s not f*ck this up” approach.
As for the Dodgers, sad story. Agent Ned is taking it too far.
If I were the Dodgers GM, I would have:
-Not bought any crappy utility guys (Hairston)
-Traded Andre Ethier for a GOOD 3B prospect. Nolan Arenado is the best out there, and probably worth more than Ethier. A good 2B or C prospect, or, last resort, a fantastic hitting 1B prospect would also be good. The Dodgers need a guy for the long-term at each of those positions.
-Extended Kershaw, and try to get options on a couple free agent years
-Tried to generally trim payroll and sell off non-franchise cornerstones for assets
-Play the kids
-Get a really good draft pick in the 2013 draft
-Plan to buy one or two good free agents in the 2012 offseason like Cole Hamels or Zack Greinke
-Expect to compete in 2013 at the earliest, 2014 most likely once a few more cost-controlled regulars become fixtures in the lineup and rotation.