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  1. Kemp fits better in RF, so Upton would make sense

    Comment by Ray — March 28, 2012 @ 11:09 am

  2. Votto is getting 17Mil in 2013 from Cin

    Comment by Psst — March 28, 2012 @ 11:19 am

  3. So we are just going to assume that a group that just blew threw 2 billion will have cash to spend big? The market itself probably will allow them to spend a bit more than other teams but I wouldn’t expect them to try and run this business with negative cash flow even just starting out.

    Comment by colin — March 28, 2012 @ 11:21 am

  4. With Matt Kemp in center field, I’d say the Dodgers have a lot of need for another center fielder.

    Comment by Dirtbag — March 28, 2012 @ 11:32 am

  5. I am still hoping that Dombrowski’s secret plan was to flip Fielder to the Dodgers after one year – keep the Tigers in contention while V-Mart was out, and get the heck out from under that long, painful contract after one very-cheap and productive season. We have other holes to fill – like leadoff. And 2nd base. And 3rd base. And shortstop once Peralta goes all Carlos Guillen on us. And we have to pay a bunch of young SPs soon. Fielder for a bag of balls, and let us have some flexibility back!

    Comment by Ian — March 28, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  6. I imagine Kershaw will have some good company for 2013.

    Comment by Dekker — March 28, 2012 @ 11:46 am

  7. Do you really think any NL team is going to take Fielder for that many years?

    Comment by James — March 28, 2012 @ 11:56 am

  8. To be fair, the Dodgers didn’t exactly “sit on the sidelines” when it came to Prince Fielder, from everything I’ve heard. If it weren’t for Martinez’s injury in Detroit, which made them desperate spenders, LA might have landed him. But yes NedCo was probably a little hamstrung there and at many other times. For the Dodgers’ sake I still think they should move on to a new GM, and possibly will after this season, though maybe Kasten being acquaintance of Colletti will help his cause. Will be interesting segue this year, that’s for sure.

    Comment by Craigary — March 28, 2012 @ 11:58 am

  9. “Ned Colletti should no longer be cash-strapped when attempting to accumulate talent to build a winning team.”

    Ned Colletti should no longer be…gainfully employed. Ned has had plenty of money to spend: he just hasn’t spent it very wisely.

    Comment by D4P — March 28, 2012 @ 11:58 am

  10. This. Or even put Upton in RF but align them such that he covers more field than your average RF.

    Comment by NatsFan73 — March 28, 2012 @ 11:58 am

  11. True, but with the momentum of new ownership, they’re going to want to put keesters in seats and win some games. If Ethier decides to jet too, they’re going to need to get someone else who can help them be competitive.

    It won’t be like what Miami did this past winter, but it’s hard to imagine them going out and getting someone big.

    Comment by Tom — March 28, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

  12. Of course, I meant it’s hard to imagine them NOT going out and getting someone big. Ownership is going to want to make their mark right out of the gate.

    Comment by Tom — March 28, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  13. so, even though they just spent 2.15 billion, they’re still going to have more to spend on free agents? Didn’t realize Magic and friends had that much money.

    They better sell a lot of Dodger dog’s this year. If they raise the price of parking again, I will be furious.

    Comment by thalooch — March 28, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

  14. In other words, you can never have too many centre fielders in the outfield.

    Comment by VJO — March 28, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  15. As a Dodger fan the 2 guys I would want to target are BJ Upton and David Wright.

    This is how the Dodgers would look in 2013:

    Dee Gordon – SS
    BJ Upton – CF
    Matt Kemp – RF
    David Wright – 3B
    James Loney- 1B
    Jerry Sands – LF
    Juan Uribe – 2B
    Tim Federowicz – C

    BJ Upton is not a #2 hitter, he strikes out too much, but considering the makeup of the rest of the potential lineup he would probably fit best. Dont like Juan Uribe but he still has another year on his contract so what can you do. An upgrade at first would be nice too. If not maybe Scott Van Slyke can fill it, or Jerry Sands can fill it, with another rental/short-term player in LF.

    As far as a the rotation you already threw a ton of money at Wright and Upton. Plus I think it could fill out ok:

    #1 – Clayton Kershaw
    #2 – Chad Billingsley
    #3 – Rubby De La Rosa
    #4- Nate Eovaldi
    #5 – Aaron Harang/Chris Capuano/ Ted Lilly

    Then you still have Allen Webster, Garrett Gould or a couple of the other power arms down on the farm.

    A guy can dream!

    Comment by Atari — March 28, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  16. this this this this this this this this this

    Comment by Table — March 28, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

  17. Stan Kasten former president of the Braves during their 90’s days is part of the new ownership. Perhaps he’d be interested in challenging that Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine rotation……with Kershaw, Greinke, Hamels

    not to mention the Dodgers could finish off the 4/5 spots with whomever makes it of their many starting prospects

    Comment by Table — March 28, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  18. LAD will have plenty of money to spend, don’t forget they still have a new cash cow TV contract to negotiate.

    Comment by UKJaysFan — March 28, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  19. If the deal is Fielder with a suitcase filled with 250,000 $100 bills for a bag of balls, then maybe.

    Comment by TK — March 28, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  20. I don’t see Wright as a realistic option. The only way I can see the Mets declining his option is if something major happens this year (devastating injury, or a downright terrible season from Wright). If either of these happens, I’m not so sure you’d even want Wright on your team. He might be trade bait after they pick up the option, but I doubt they’d just let him go.

    I’m not too crazy about the other offensive options (except for Votto, of course). Napoli’s only had one great offensive season, Hamilton’s injury risk makes it a tough long-term signing, and Montero’s a fine catcher but not really a big ticket item. They might be better off trying to sign one of the pitchers, or going the trade route.

    Comment by vivalajeter — March 28, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  21. Oh come on they can do allot better than that.

    Comment by Table — March 28, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  22. Hard to imagine they’d sink 200 million into Greinke and Hamels, which is probably close to what it would take.

    Comment by James — March 28, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  23. you don’t pay that much money to not increase payroll

    Comment by jim — March 28, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  24. Yeah, slot Hamels into that #2 spot and push everyone else down a peg. That’s a nice rotation.

    Hamels is a California native, and has always seemed a “California dude” to me. He has performed very well in LA (SSS obviously). I could easily imagine him wanting to go to LA.

    The Phils are already butting up against it with injuries and an aging roster… and a “maxed” out payroll with a lot of guaranteed contracts. Can they afford another huge contract?

    I think Hamels will end up in LA.

    Comment by Dave S — March 28, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  25. ya i know…but hard to think they would sell for 2 bill as well

    Comment by Table — March 28, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  26. Do the new owners have any money left?

    Comment by MauerPower — March 28, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

  27. If I had a dollar for every time someone asks whether the owners will have any money left to spend on players, I’d be able to buy the Dodgers.

    Comment by Feath — March 28, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  28. You had the entire population of China and India combined ask you?

    Comment by VJO — March 28, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

  29. Well just aim your sights at every damn free agent on the market why don’t you.

    Some analysis would be nice, as opposed to this xmas list.

    Comment by Mhad — March 28, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

  30. What about Andre Either put him in left

    Comment by Harrison — March 28, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

  31. He’s not saying that they’re going to sign them all. Just that they’ll likely be in talks with those free agents, which is not an unfair statement.

    Comment by Taylor Maricle — March 29, 2012 @ 1:00 am

  32. I agree with your second point about Colletti. Unless he was actually handcuffed by the financial mess McCourt was in, there is no excuse for most of his signings/acquisitions (i.e. Santana-Blake. /barfs).

    As for the Dodgers “seriously” making a run at Fielder, it seemed too conveniently after the fact.

    Comment by San Jay — March 29, 2012 @ 1:50 am

  33. Well, Colletti’s always played things close to the chest, we rarely get rumors, instead we find out as things happen. So it’s not unreasonable to believe it. Scott Boras said something recently about Colletti’s recruitment meeting for Fielder being the best he’d ever seen.

    Comment by Taylor Maricle — March 29, 2012 @ 11:00 am

  34. OK, maybe just a parking lot.

    Comment by Feath — March 29, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  35. So the Dodgers are going to extend Loney or buy him as a free agent? I hope they do neither.

    Comment by Bip — March 29, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  36. Greinke is unrealistic. He’d much rather take a lower offer than play in a very public market with high expectations, given his social anxiety disorder.

    Comment by Daniel — March 30, 2012 @ 12:07 am

  37. Look for Dodgers to make a run at Matt Cain the same way the Angels took on C.J. Wilson (to gain a top tier starter and take one from their division rival). Of course Ned Colletti already tried that with Jason Schmidt (and theoretically Juan Uribe). Maybe Ned needs to get someone to highlight the AGE and INJURY sections of the free agent reports before they reach his hands. That and make sure he reads more than just the prior season’s stat sheet (there are career stats to consider there Neddyboy).

    Comment by DodgerRelief — March 31, 2012 @ 7:49 am

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