As Joe Torre was introduced today at Dodger Stadium, the city of LA wondered what else he would bring with him. Would it be A-Rod? Maybe Andy Pettitte? Possibly Mariano Rivera? While we’ll have to wait and see which players he brings, it was announced today that he would bring two of his former coaches. Both Larry Bowa and Don Mattingly will be apart of the Dodger coaching staff next year, and I think that this will be a major upgrade from what we had last year. Quick, name the Dodgers 3rd base coach last year. Bet most of you can’t do it, because the guy just wasn’t very memorable. I’ll tell you one thing, I can guarantee that you’ll remember Bowa as a coach. As for Mattingly, I would love to see him be our manager in 3 years when Torre is done. He seems like a great guy, and would be the future of LA for many years to come.
Now, I won’t discuss A-Rod because I’ve talked about him in other posts, but I heard Brad Penny on the radio today, and he thinks that the Dodgers will make a few big moves this off season. The guy I thought about today was Andy Pettitte. After hearing that the Yankees had declined his option, I’m pretty sure the Dodgers will at least be interested. In an off season with very few free agent pitchers, he would be the best bet if we could sign him to a 2 year deal for somewhere around $25 million. I know it sounds like a lot of money, but I think he actually might be worth it, especially given that Estaban Loaiza is currently our 4th starter. I’m still against Torii Hunter and Andruw Jones, but I think getting a pitcher will help us out in a big way.
Lastly, I think it’s funny that Gonzo wants to come back now. I would never take the guy back, and I’m glad that he’s no longer on the team.