I’ve been at work late all week, and I’ll be gone this weekend, so I just wanted to post a few quick comments about the recent Dodger activity. First of all, getting Andruw Jones for 2 years really is a pretty good deal. I know that over $18 million a year is a lot of money, but at least he is not locked in for 5 years or something. He’ll provide great defense in center field, and I predict he’ll have some good year with the Dodgers. He’ll still be playing for a big pay day since he’ll be a free agent again in 2 years, so I think he’ll give us his best effort. My predictions for next year and that he hits 31 HR’s with 115 RBI’s, and a .273 average. You heard it here first.
Next, I want to say that we cannot trade Matt Kemp. After we signed Andruw Jones, all I kept hearing about is how we would now turn around and trade Kemp. There is NO WAY that should happen. We need Kemp in this lineup to win, and he should play every day in right field. He has such great talent, that I would not give him up for anyone. However, an outfield of Jones-Kemp-Pierre leaves Ethier on the bench. As much as I like Ethier, I think he deserve to play everyday, so I wouldn’t mind trading him for a guy like Joe Blanton. I mentioned a trade involving Ethier and Blanton a few weeks ago (see Recent Activity on Nov 23), and I still think that it could happen.
That’s about it for now. I’m almost positive that we will trade for or sign another starting pitcher, but I’m not sure who it will be. I’m also pretty sure that we will leave the 3rd base job to both Nomar and LaRoache, which sounds great to me. A lineup of Furcal, Martin, Loney, Jones, Kemp, Kent, LaRoache, Pierre looks pretty good to me.