Dodgers Sign A.J. Pollock to Multi-Year Deal

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The Dodgers on Thursday morning signed free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock to a multi-year contract, according to multiple sources.

Exact terms of the deal are still somewhat sketchy. Jeff Passan indicated that both sides were discussing a pact in the five-year, $60 million range. Jon Heyman reported that the deal was in excess of $55 million. And Bob Nightengale stated that the contract is for five years with four years guaranteed.

Buster Olney reported that Pollock has already passed the required physical.

In 2018 for the Diamondbacks, the right-handed hitting Pollock appeared in 113 games, the most since his 2015 season when he logged 157. In those 113 games last season, the Connecticut native slashed .257/.316/.484 with 21 doubles, 21 long balls and 65 RBI along with 13 swiped bags. Overall, Pollock contributed a 2.5 WAR last year.

The 2015 season was Pollock’s benchmark campaign. He was recognized as an All-Star and snagged a Gold Glove. He ended up hitting .315/.367/.498 with 39 doubles, 20 homers and 76 RBI alongside 39 stolen bases and 111 runs scored. He put up a 7.2 WAR in 2015 alone.

What’s even more impressive is the consistency of his career splits, something that the Dodgers seem to be lacking, forcing the club to employ numerous platoon scenarios. Pollock has a career .284/.343/.454 with 44 HR in 1578 AB against righty pitching, while hitting .275/.327/.498 with 30 long balls over 699 AB against southpaws. He’s a career .283/.343/.461 hitter when batting leadoff, and he has slashed .298/.350/.478 when hitting out of the two-hole.

Pollock is a center fielder by trade, which will result in some roster consequences for the Dodgers. If there are no depending trades (Joc Pederson or Alex VerdugoCody Bellinger may be relegated to first base, although he does have the capability to cover right field. If that’s the case, Max Muncy could end up seeing plenty of action at second base, pushing Chris Taylor into a platoon in left field with Pederson, while allowing Enrique Hernandez to maintain his super-utility role.

If anything, this deal strengthened the Los Angeles roster, but it created many more questions in terms of positional duties. But, more than anything else, it gives the Dodgers a legit leadoff hitter, something they’ve been lacking for some time, at least in the traditional sense.

Pollock’s past injuries have ranged from a broken hand, an elbow fracture, a groin strain, and a thumb fracture, but the Dodgers are banking on good health. Nevertheless, there should be plenty of resources available for Pollock not to be needed to play every day.

If you were able to catch our very early 25-man roster projections a few weeks back, Pollock’s inclusion seemingly bumps outfielder Andrew Toles out of the Opening Day picture for the time being.

As the smoked cleared on the Pollock deal around lunchtime, Heyman noted that the Dodgers remain in pursuit of Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Most significantly, the signing of Pollock seemingly eliminated the Dodgers from the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

 

 

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109 thoughts on “Dodgers Sign A.J. Pollock to Multi-Year Deal

  1. We do give up our 31st pick in the draft tho but a move we needed to make. If healthy he could be a star. Cant wait for the next move. Still work to be done to field a better team than last year

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    1. Actually since the deal was for more than 50 million, Az gets a pick in between the 1st and second round and the Dodgers do not lose anything.

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  2. Thank you Friedman! I don’t give him credit often but I absolutely love this deal. 4 years $55 million is a steal if Pollock stays healthy and plays to his ability. FINALLY WE HAVE A REAL LEADOFF HITTER!!!!!! Pollock has the ability to change the offense entirely with his speed and on base ability. Like Dennis said the question is where does he play? If they make a trade I would put him in RF and leave Bellinger in CF but I’m secretly hoping we keep both Joc and Verdugo unless it’s for someone like Kluber. This is a pretty good lineup though.
    1. Pollock
    2. Seager
    3. Red
    4. Cody
    5. Muncy/Taylor
    6. Joc
    7. Barnes
    8. Verdugo

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    1. Lead off hitter? Well, I hope he gets on base better than he did last year. He was a great lead off hitter when he was 27. That was a while ago. He projects OBP of .316. Is he better than Puig? I doubt it.

      Like I said earlier, I can live with this. He’s no RH thumper but he can play. Hopefully he remains healthy.

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  3. For all those who want Realmuto this signing opens that up now. You can offer them a package of Ruiz, Barnes and Joc for Realmuto that they would be stupid not to take.

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    1. Why in the name of blue thunder are all of you guys in such a hurry to trade 20 year old Ruiz for Realmuto? He might be a pretty good catcher, but he does not solve the problem they have with lefty’s. Why not trade Smith, or even Wong? They would love to have Ruiz, but in 2 years Realmuto is gone and he is 28 now. I am not trading a kid with that kind of upside and youth for a guy who is going to be 30 when this kid is just coming into his own. That’s just stupid.

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    1. With an overall 4.2 oWAR and a .973 OPS last year, I don’t think the Dodgers see Muncy as a platoon candidate. I’m in the camp which believes that Muncy won’t duplicate last year’s numbers, but until he proves otherwise, I think Friedman will tell Roberts to play Muncy daily.

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  4. Cmon, Realmuto wpold be a huge upgrade over Barnes. On top of his Mendoza bat Barnes has no arm. Let AF work his magic and give up as little as possible for Realmuto

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    1. I do not think you are giving Barnes enough credit. I think if he gets the playing time he will be more like the 2017 Barnes than the one we had last year. He has always been a decent hitter. Not much power, but has speed and is versatile. Realmuto is not a defensive upgrade over Barnes and he is not that good at the phantom stat that AF likes….framing.

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  5. Interesting article in S B Nation saying there has been no interest in Castellanos in Detroit. Even GM Avila said so. I can’t believe with his bat especially against lefties that we couldn’t turn him into at least a decent left fielder. And it might not take much to get him. If we got him and Realmuto that would be a killer lineup against both lefties and righties! I’d like our chances to get back to a third straight WS!

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  6. When the Castellanos rumor went around the first time the tigers wanted a pretty big return for him, they asked for too much now they lost their trade partners. If I remember right they asked for verdugo.

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  7. Rather than Realmuto, I’d rather see AF try to renew talks with Cleveland for kluber. I agree with one of Jeff’s earlier posts, the only way we should include Ruiz in a Realmuto deal is if we can extend Realmuto for one or two more years.

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      1. Not sure what you mean by that Dennis. You tell the Marlins I only make the deal if you give me a window to negotiate an extension and I’m successful in doing that. Same as the Reds did with Gray.

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      2. I’m pretty sure it violates the rules for the Dodgers to talk to Realmuto directly while he’s still a Marlin. They’d need to talk to a team rep, who would then talk to JTR or his agent. It would almost be like negotiating with a free agent before he reached free agency. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it’s breaking the rules. I don’t think the commissioner would have approved a deal if he knew the Reds talked directly to Gray. I also think dealing with Jeter would be a completely different animal.

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      3. If there is a rule that says we couldn’t speak directly to JTR even with the Marlins permission that would be a stupid rule. In any case the Reds’ dealings with Gray before the trade, however they were done, were very publicly done so there is a way to do it.

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    1. I think I’m feeling the same way you are Keith. Would probably rather have Kluber although none of us can be sure what the difference would be in the players we’d have to give up in each potential deal.

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  8. I thinknthe price for Kluber much higher than Realmuto. I heard they want 2 top 5 prospects, a major leaguer and another top 10ish pick. Sounds like both JOC and Verdugo and May and say Santana. That’s Sale like return. Too steep for me for a 33 year old

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    1. That may be the ask. But they won’t get that much. 3 top 10 and some change or forget it. Example: Smith, Peters, Santana/Gonsolin/White plus 2 way down the list. They want a Major League outfielder we have plenty so send them Pederson + 2. They want our top prospect, ok, Verdugo, but 1 of the others drops out and is replaced by someone not in the Top 10. I’d like Kluber, but he is past his prime. Cleveland won’t move him unless they can fleece somebody. It won’t be Andrew. We aren’t that desperate for starting pitching.

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  9. Rich, if the price on JTR comes down a little more I’m in, but I don’t think we should have to give up Ruiz or verdugo, plus, for two years of JTR, if the cost is somebody besides bellinger, Ruiz, or verdugo I’m all ears.

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  10. Kluber is in no way past his prime. He has never been a power dependent pitcher either so he can last longer since he knows how to mix pitches and locations to go with his sinker. I am 11 days older than Kluber so he’s not at all over the hill. I would offer Cleveland Joc, May, Jeter Downs and a young catcher like Connor Wong or Diego Cartaya. That’s a pretty fair offer without having to give up Verdugo or Ruiz/Smith.

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    1. Oh Alex, you had to know that your over the hill comment was going to get some blowback. Why does being 11 days younger than you mean Kluber isn’t over the hill? When was the last time you pitched in a major league game? Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, your suggested trade is interesting. Including Cartaya might just get it done.

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      1. I’m just saying being 32-33 isn’t really that big of a deal if you keep yourself in shape which I’m sure Kluber does. Sure you’d love to have him when he was a little younger but he’s a sinker ball guy. I think Kluber has at least another 4 years in him at a high level. When you hit the wall however you hit the wall.

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    2. I got news for you Alex – every player is past their prime at 33. Granted, Kluber had his best years later than most, but he won’t match what he did ‘14- ‘17. He does project well, but not the 200+ innings he has put up the last 5 years. I’d like to have him, but I don’t think Friedman will give what Cleveland is asking.

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      1. That makes more sense to me too Dennis. We have all we need to win the West again. We’ll know more about what is needed to close the deal by mid July.

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  11. Indians want Sale like return. Boston gave up Moncado who was #1 prospect in all of baseball. Kopech who was also a,top prospect and Bostons #8 and #28 prospects. We don’t have anyone near Moncado’s ranking so,it may take 4 of our top 10 prospects if Cleveland doesn’t budge. I don’t see that they have to move him. Pederson, Verdugo, May and Smith. Just seems too much for me. I’m very comfortable sending Hill out to pitch a game 4 in playoffs. He’s a big game pitcher

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    1. Why in the wide wide world of sports would I apologize to fried brains? Because he finally did his job? You are the one who likes the way he works, not me, and I never will. He would have to do a hell of a lot more than sign Pollock before I ever think he is doing a good job. He is what he is. You like him as do some others and that’s your choice, Me, I just look at him as a different version of DePodesta.

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  12. What I would REALLY love to happen is for Tampa Bay to tank this year and be sellers at the deadline for Friedman to use his Tampa connects to make a deal for Blake Snell. One can dream right? But seriously there is one X-factor that can make all this Kluber talk meaningless. That is for Julio Urias to win a rotation spot out of spring training and pitch like everyone knows he can. I never saw Urias as a Kershaw-like ace so I would be thrilled if he pitched like our 3rd starter.

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  13. Urias will be on an limited innings plan so he probably won’t start out the season with Dodgers but I believe come playoff time he’ll be our #3 starter. I think he’s a special talent. Can’t wait to see him blossom this year

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  14. I love Ferguson but right now his value to us is in the pen. No doubt he has starter talent though. I hope they pitch Urias the entire season instead of shutting him down. Just skip a start every now and then or just have him pitch 3 innings. If he’s in the rotationthat means one of Hill or Maeda would be in the pen so you could start them on days you skip Urias’ start.

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  15. I’m curious how they plan to get David Freese enough at bats. They are saying publicly they aren’t platooning Muncy and Freese has to be in the lineup against lefties. He’s probably the best bat we have against lefties.

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  16. I see Ferguson as part of the depth we need at SP, in case of injuries, if everybody stays healthy maybe he moves into the pen late in the year, or if the pen sucks he moves there,but to start the year i think he is in AAA as a starter. Just my uninformed opinion.

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    1. If they want to have Ferguson start omg in AAA I’m fine with that. Friedman needs to go sign a lefty to take Ferguson’s place in the pen though. He may be close to 40 years old but I would go get Oliver Perez.

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  17. Rich, bear is still in the house, his post got pushed into the afternoon somehow.he ain’t happy about me trading Ruiz for JTR. But I would only do it if we got kluber somehow. All in baby

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    1. I took a nap, so sue me. TV in my bedroom went out and I had to quit watching Star Wars,, so I am a bit grumpy, and grumpy bears are not a good thing. If you trade Ruiz, i am going to strangle you….

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  18. You may very well be right about Barnes bear, actually I hope you are, but he is an unproven factor, and he doesn’t have the experience that JTR has.

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    1. So is Verdugo, so is Muncy. You can’t honestly believe that coming to LA is going to make Realmuto better. Most hitters who come to LA see there offensive output go down.There are so many examples. Pollock will hit most of his HR’s on the road. Realmuto is not a defensive upgrade for Barnes, and to tell you the truth, they really do not need him now. If they had not traded for Martin, then maybe i would think they do, but you do not trade a 20 year old with the kind of skill set that Ruiz has for a guy who is only going to be here 2 years.

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  19. With it being Friedman’s last year under his current contract, you’d think he’d have a little incentiv, to go out of his norm, and make a big push. We need Andrew to channel his inner dombrowski.

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    1. Tempted? Depends on who he is getting. Who ever it was they would have to have more than 2 years of control. Albie from Atlanta, Bergman from the Stros, a pitcher like say Syndergaard or deGrom. Those guys would be worth it. I simply do not think Realmuto is. Wong will be at AA, Cartaya in rookie ball, so he is at least 3 to 5 years away. Smith and Ruiz at AAA ready for an emergency call up. But trade Ruiz for a rental, not so much. Couple of things came out this morning. Grandal had 4 offers of multiple years. White Sox, Mets, and Angels. He turned them down supposedly because they had a lower average value and he felt it was unfair to the other catchers if he did that. When did he develop a conscience? Yardbarker has a story this morning that refutes the story’s that say the Dodgers are actively trying to trade Pederson. There are some folks still hanging onto the belief that the Dodgers will miraculously sign both Harper and Machado.

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  20. Yes, bear I agree if that was the only other move we were going to make I wouldn’t make Ruiz part of a trade, but if Andrew goes out and gets another a high quality player like kluber,Bauer Castellanos or whoever, then I would consider the move, maybe get us to that WS.

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  21. Where’s Manuel when we need him? Jeff, Dennis can you imagine bear and Manuel debating the pros and cons of a Realmuto trade? Bear you don’t know this but Manuel posted a lot last season with us and he was a huge JTR fan he knew all the #s and made a good case for a JTR trade.

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  22. Keibert Ruiz is going to be the real deal in about one year and he’s only 20 years old. He’s hit at every stop along the way in the minors and he’s improving his defense behind the plate. This season will be his true test as the starting catcher in AA. If he continues to hit in the pitcher friendly AA league then he will be ready to compete for the job in LA at the start of 2020. Will Smith is already beyond ready for the big leagues behind the plate he’s jus got to prove he can handle the bat enough. I’ll be just fine with Barnes and Martin this year if it means several years of Ruiz or Smith after that. Realmuto will be an upgrade in the present but then you have to pay him between $80-100 million in 2 years. Ruiz and Smith would cost pennies for years.

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  23. If I see Ruiz starting for us in a couple of years I will be happy, but it feels like we’re one or two more good players away from being a top echelon, WS team. We are closer today than we were yesterday.

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    1. We already are at the top echelon. We have been there for a few years now. Teams are scared to play us. All my friends are Brave fans and when we played Atlanta in the playoffs every single one of them admitted defeat before they ever played the first game. I don’t think JTR would make that much of a difference. A true front line rotation starter would make the most impact.

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  24. A franchise is doomed to fail if it can’t revuild from within its own farm system. Free agency should be more about filling holes and major upgrade opportunities. You will soon have to pay Cody, Seager and Buehler so why not save a good portion of that money by keeping Ruiz? It makes way too much sense to me. Ruiz will be a better hitter than JTR in 3 years.

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  25. I disagree Alex. I think we need more offense. I’m happy with Urias and Hill as our 3-4 starters in playoffs. I’d love to get Realmuto. He’s a huge upgrade for us. Barnes has no arm. He couldn’t throw me out stealing 2nd. I think Friedman is trying to work a deal wo Ruiz in package otherwise a deal would have already happened. And another big righty bat in left. Kluber would cost a fortune in prospects

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  26. But right now we are probably not good enough to beat the top 2 or three teams in the AL. All prospects don’t always pan out , sometimes you have to take a chance, look at the Sale trade for example, kopeck blew out his arm, and moncada is not the sure thing everyone thought he would be, sale was the reason Boston was able to the WS last year. I’m not saying we should or shouldn’t trade Ruiz, you can’t just sit on your prospects sometimes you have to move a good prospect when the right opportunity rises.

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    1. If there were a surefire upgrade offensively to trade for then I absolutely trade Ruiz and some top prospects for that player. I just don’t see Realmuto being that big of a difference maker. He’s solid all around but he’s not a star with the bat or the glove and he’s terrible against lefties as well as pitch framing. He is a .270 20HR player, still very good but is it worth trading away several of your best young players and still have to worry about paying him in 2020. I won’t be mad if we trade for JTR but I believe our assets can be better used for other areas. I fully believe one of Ruiz or Smith will be a better catcher than Realmuto in time.

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  27. The safe way would be to sit on what we have, and wait for a trade dead line pick up, but those haven’t helped as much as we thought they were going to. I do think ther will be some kind of trade, I don’t know what we will receive, but I think joc, for $ relief, or verdugo for another player, will happen soon.

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    1. I just feel good about this team as assembled right now. I would like one more reliever and a frontline starter but that’s being picky. I’m five going into the season with what we have and seeing how things mesh. It seems that we have a nice mix of stable veterans and some of the younger talent is being given a chance to make a name for themselves (I’m looking at you Verdugo). I hope we keep Joc I have a feeling that this year he’s going to finally start put it together and become an everyday player. He showed signs of improvement last year as he was a .280 hitter for most of the season with a bad August really dragging his overall numbers down. I’m not ready to give up on him yet. If he can hit lefties even a little bit he has true 35HR power.

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  28. If Urias is on an innings limit, and since all our pitchers are he is too, then why waste any of those innings in the minors? He showed at the end of the year he’s ready to pitch, let him pitch. I still say everybody in that 7 man rotation could use the extra days rest. Take a look at our current depth chart. We have 20 pitchers on it.

    I don’t want to trade Ruiz. From all I read he’s a special talent. I also read that Smith, defensively, is ML ready but can’t hit a lick. And who are Rocky Gale and Josh Thole? Guess you can’t have too many catchers.

    From what I just read our top 5 prospects are Verdugo, Lux, Ruiz, May and Smith. We have plenty of outfielders, though one, Toles, is a ghost as he doesn’t show up anywhere, so Verdugo can go in the right move. We have Ruiz so Smith can go. We have 20 pitchers so technically May can go too, though I don’t want to trade him, I go to #7 Gonsolin. We have the two we picked up in the still unexplained Puig, Wood, Kemp, Farmer trade and both show up in the Top 10. We also have a high pick we gained in the Grandal move. Our system is ranked 8th, right about where we ranked when the FAZ tandem took over so Friedman hasn’t made it better nor worse. If it’s possible to make this team better by trading some prospects I say do it, just don’t do it with guys we know are the future. I don’t want to trade Verdugo or May, but I think I would for the right player. Ruiz for Realmuto? Umm… well… yes! Wait…. no! Uh, ok, maybe. Iontkno. Above my pay grade.

    My guess is Friedman and Co are ok with winning the West. If pressed I would think they will not pay what Miami and Cleveland want, they will wait til July. Frankly I still don’t believe the Indians would trade Kluber. Why? He’s an ace and he’s affordable. They are projected to win 93. Why mess with that?

    I have more but this is long enough

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    1. Nobody in the division has made any significant additions. The Giants with the new fearless leader have been particularly quiet. Rockies have only signed Murphy, Padres are young and going to be a pretty aggressive team and the D-Backs have done little for their offense. The Dodgers with what they have on the roster right now, today, look like the class of the division. But that can change. I want to see how spring training pans out. Who is slotted where and what kind of a bullpen they come out of spring with. If, and this is a big if, Seager is able to regain most of his form after missing a major portion of the season and surgery, that will ultimately make the offense better. Who will be the starting RF? Do they go with what they have or make another deal? Me, I make Hill the #5 starter. Lighten his workload and less chance of him breaking down since he is now 38 years old. Kersh, Buehler, Ryu, Maeda the 1-4 guys. Urias, and someone who has not been mentioned much but who is () that close to being a contributor, Santana, as the 1-2 at OKC I think if Josh Fields comes back totally healthy it is a huge boost to the pen. They really will not find out until spring what Schultz and McCreery bring to the team. Is there a rookie who makes a breakthrough? Kluber would be nice, but as they say, at what price? And to be honest, those rumors have abated a lot. Every year the puzzle has different pieces. This year it just seems a little more puzzling than usual. As a fan, I hope every player on the team improves on last years performances. I would love to see Joc get over the 30 homer mark. I would also love to see him get his average up over .250 as he came pretty close last year. I think Barnes is more of a .260 hitter than what we saw last year, and Martin should be able to get back into the .250 range. Neither is Realmuto, but at the moment they are here and he is not. Martin’s career CS% is very close to Realmuto’s. Things will get settled in spring and we will have a much better idea of who will be where. The defense up the middle will be stabilized if they chose a regular 2nd baseman over a platoon. Say all the nice things about El Fraudo you want. It is fine with me. I just won’t believe a word of it.

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      1. Nice post Bear. Very mellow. You must be sitting in your recliner with that bottle of Schnapps close at hand. One of your most positive takes ever………………………until the last three sentences. But, it’s a start. 🙂

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      2. I am way too old to change my spots over night. Andrew is what he is and I accept that. Does not mean I have to toe the party line. Being different, and sometimes the voice of dissent is in my nature. I do not have a recliner at my computer and I am still pissed about the TV breaking down. But otherwise, the Schnapps is doing it’s job!

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      3. I railed against FAZ for the first few years they ran things. Move after move looked ridiculous to me. McCarthy? Please. Anderson, Kazmir, Latos, the Cuban misses, the Hill move (say whatever you want about that, fact is he pitched 34 innings in 2 months). I didn’t much care for how he and Zaidi were going about their business. Still don’t to be honest. But, I can’t argue results. We keep winning the Division and have in fact gone to the World Series twice in a row. Sucks we lost, but we did get there.

        I get where Bear is coming from and I support his willingness to express it. Until Friedman actually finishes what he started, he hasn’t fully convinced me. The team, as it is currently constructed, is still not a championship caliber club.

        Keep working Andy. You ain’t done yet.

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  29. I hear what you’re saying and I agree. There are question marks everywhere on the team this year. Big one is can Seager come back to all star and MVP candidate form. At 34 can Turner stay healthy? Can our young guys learn to hit with 2 strikes, cut down their swings and put the ball in play and stop striking out so much? Joc did it last year. Can Muncy come anywhere close to what he did last year? Can CT3 and Belly bounce back from last year? How good is Verdugo? Is Kersh now a 90mlh pitcher and can Jansen bounce back. Is Kelly the playoff reliever or the regular season one from last year? Lots of question marks! But with Kersh and Turner at the back end of their careers I think we go all in this year. I say we get Realmuto and try to put a package together w/o Ruiz and Belly. Get Castellanos and stick him in left. I think Kluber is just too expensive bc Indians don’t need to trade him. Don’t understand why they want to. I say we wait till July deadline for pitching and re-evaluate where we’re at then. Who knows if we catch lightning in a bottle with a young guy like Santana.

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    1. Can we get an AMEN! from the congregation?!!!

      You tell ‘em Rich.

      If everybody has a great year we win it all. If everybody has a good year we go to the World Series again and probably lose. If everyone has a mediocre year we can still win the West but not have home field in the Playoffs. If everybody sucks then maybe Friedman gets canned. Like you said – a lot of question marks.

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      1. Well, with Bear in the chair we could count on a few guys who bunt, hit and run and back up bases. Strikeouts would go down and innings pitched by starters would go up. The only launch angle might be the angle at which vomit is launched by those running wind sprints for missing bunt attempts.

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  30. Ha ha…you guys have a license to be comedians???? A growl and a shot of Schnapps and I am ready for those guys, trust me. According to Dodger Digest, LA still FOCUSED on a Realmuto trade, so I guess Andy did not hear me.

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  31. Heyman reporting that the Dodgers are nearing a deal with Miami for Realmuto that could be completed today or tomorrow. Report also says that Ruiz is part of the trade. I have to wait and see the entire package before I would make a comment on the deal. I do not like the idea of trading Ruiz. He has way too much upside to send him elsewhere for what amounts to a 2 year rental.

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    1. Where did you see that report Bear? I checked Heyman’s tweets and although he says that we’re still talking to the Marlins he doesn’t specifically mention Ruiz. I’m sure they want him, but I still have my doubts that AF wants to include him. That said, I wouldn’t be totally shocked to see it, but I agree with you that I don’t like the idea of sending Ruiz for two years of Realmuto.

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  32. I remember in 2014, playing a full season for Albuquerque, Joc swiped 30 bags. What’s more, his range in CF was outstanding. Four years later, at the age of 26, he was lucky to steal one base and has been relegated to left field because of his declining range. You see this happen to most players when they approach 32-33ish, but it’s a shame to see it happen to Joc so soon. Like I said, I can’t see the Dodgers getting anything promising in return for him.

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  33. I know and he’s looked heavier the last 2 years. You would think he’d go all in on a winter fitness regimen like Kemp did last year. I love Joc, he’s my favorite player. But I wouldn’t just give him away. He plays a decent left field and a .848 OPS is nothing to sneeze at. And he’s been clutch in the post season. If we can’t upgrade to a big righty bat in left then keep him and platoon with Taylor or Kiki. I’m fine with that. Our much bigger need is catching. Realmuto would be big! Go AF make it happen!

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      1. Well, last I checked the league is 70% righties. You OPS .800 against them you’re pretty much guaranteed a job somewhere.

        Padres pursuing Machado. Hope they don’t catch up with him.

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