So Prince Fielder is Going to Be a Dodger

The news broke last night that MLB and Frank McCourt came to an agreement to sell the Dodgers...possibly at gun point. That's real good news for baseball and Dodger fans that truly couldn't stand the guy. That's bad news if you thought any bargains were going to be had in free agency for the big names. For let's remember the Cubs offseason of 2006 when they were ready to sell and Tribune racked up a giant bill that they didn't have to pay.

Rumors on XM radio and from Ned Colletti were that the Dodgers already had some money to spend this offseason, agent and former player Dave Stewart commented that they approached him about an extension for Matt Kemp and he took that as they're not as handcuffed as some want to believe. And they very much need a big bopper in that lineup and I wouldn't be too surprised if they made a run at Jose Reyes as well.  Anything can happen of course and they may go after Pujols instead, but I wouldn't be surprised in the least that McCourt makes one more fame grab and tries to load up the Dodgers this offseason and then take as much credit as he can if they're successful, even after he sells it.

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the M's angrily disagree.

don't get it.

M's are/were supposedly who was going to throw 20-25m at him

ah, well a bunch of teams will throw money at him, McCourt is now in the unique position of not having to worry about the backend years which is usually the concern in free agency.

as long as the cubs get david dejesus and kevin slowey it don't matter what anyone does...cubs 2012 champs.

Roy Oswalt has 2 degenerative discs in his back and numerous cortisone shots over the last 2 years.

Kevin Slowey a likely non-tender candidate.

seems like Aramis should take 3b easily...maybe Fat Panda although his counting numbers weren't that close.

a lot of news outlets are falling over themselves about aram giving the cubs a "gift" by not picking up his option and how he won't see money like what he left behind, even if just for 1 season.

they're also equally confused about why he didn't want to be traded in order to build his visibility for the offseason FA hunt...

Arte Moreno - I received this telegram about an Aramis Rameriez?
Anyone hear of him?

No? okay I m on the next stage to Carson City

I haven't really seen anything like that. Seems more likley he'll get a three year $42 million deal.

ive seen it on the tv-side, mostly...mlb network and espn talking heads, especially mlb network (multiple people/programs).

Ahh, OK. Haven't watched them recently, though their hot stove shows are usually worth watching just to get some players and Hart's take on stuff.

It just takes one. I'd be shocked if he doesn't get more guaranteed money, but I'd agree he's not likley to get a raise from $16 million and a three year deal.

im ashamed to say i love "intentional talk" and kevin millar's corny self...

Reyes and the Dodgers? I'd be a tad surprised. Dee Gordon is ready for an extended look. I could see them pushing on Fielder, but they have a good talent that's ready for a look at short.

I'd be surprised too...but if they go nuts it's certainly possible.

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  • "An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."

    crunch 53 min 49 sec ago view
  • rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.

    Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.

    In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)

    Rob G. 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.

    billybucks 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.

    billybucks 3 hours 11 min ago view
  • Ramos torn ACL

    jacos 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • Sure, its not about his record.

    jacos 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • Do you start him Sunday or not?

    @jonmorosi Pitchers w/ sub-2.00 ERA in year of 185+ IP this century: Pedro ’00, Clemens ’05, Kershaw ’13/’14, Arrieta ’15, Greinke ’15, Hendricks ’16.

    Rob G. 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • Yeah -- that would be rough for him. But, Monty is getting people out, he's a lefty and he has experience working out of the bullpen. Hammel? None of the above.

    billybucks 5 hours 57 min ago view
  • even if he's not starting, abandoning hammel would be a bit of a 'screw you.' i think it might be -monty +hammel, but it's speculation.

    either way, someone's gonna be disappointed.

    crunch 6 hours 58 min ago view
  • Joe said he is leaning towards 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

    - 4 starters, Chapman, Rondon, Strop, CJ, Wood, Grimm, Monty. No dice for Cahill or Smith.
    - 3 catchers, Rizz, Zo, Addy, KB, Javy, Heyward, Fowler, Soler, Coghlan, TLS and then Sczcur over Almora?

    billybucks 7 hours 9 min ago view
  • Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time  

    The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 44 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Despite the HR, Donnie Dewees is really more of a slash hitter (the HR was an opposite-field line-drive) who can accumulate lots of doubles & triples. He's also a good bunter and can get on base that way, too. Although he was thrown out trying to steal in the game, he's actually a good base-stealer and baserunner.

    Defensively he has plus-range and tracks fly balls OK, so he can play CF, but he has a rag arm that requires the middle infielders to go out further into CF to make relays.

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 45 min ago view
  • I don't know how many of you remember Bobby Knoop, who played 2B for the Angels, White Sox, and Royals back in the day, but he is a coach-emeritus for the Angels, and works with the infielders at Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs. He's pretty spry for a 77-year old, and he really knows his shit.

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 13 min ago view
  • With a big lead, Chapman was throwing sliders and changeups, something he's reluctant to do in a save situation. (Len and Jim covered this.)

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 21 min ago view
  • Maybe they have a bad owner, I don't know, but they still have players and fans and a franchise, all devastated by this loss of life. Plus, everybody who follows baseball is a fan of a guy like this. It's why I used the word tragedy, which other people throw around but I try to be careful with.

    I'm at an age where I remember old incidents better than recent ones, but I have to go back to Herb Score for something as disturbing.

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 37 min ago view
  • That was Dee Gordon's only HR this year. Wow.

    billybucks 8 hours 39 min ago view