The Dodgers truly had a bad year. They were projected by most to win the division, and they just had some terrible slumps to prevent them from doing that.
Their issue was pitching, like it is with most teams. They got Ted Lilly to help with their staff, and then signed him to a three year extension. It was a good move for a team that is having trouble making any moves at all with their ownership situation.
Lilly was good for LA, Having a 3.51 ERA in 12 games along with a 0.99 WHIP. So that is a deal the Dodgers do not regret. In fact, most of the rotation was pretty good for Los Angeles, with Chad Billingsly, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Monasterios, and Hiroki Kuroda. All five pitchers had a sub-5.00 ERA, the highest being Monasterios with a 4.38.
The Dodgers bullpen wasn’t what they hoped for, with good seasons out of only Hong-Chih Kuo and Kenley Jansen. Jonathan Broxton and George Sherill, two former closers, had Earned Run Averages over 4.00, with Sherill’s over six.
So a lot of the blame for that falls on Sherill and Jeff Weaver, who had similar numbers as the long relief arm.
In the infield, James Loney was a disappointment, and is a possible non-tender candidate. He hit only .267 with 10 home runs and 88 RBIs. LA does not have a surplus on first baseman, but they may non tender him and just resign him after for less money.
Ryan Theriot did a pretty good job coming over from Chicago, hitting .270 with 20 stolen bases. Theriot may not always be an everyday player, but he certainly gets the job done. Rafael Furcal had a quietly good year, hitting .300 right on the button. He alos had an On Base Percentage of .366 and a .826 OPS.
Casey Blake probably was not as good as expected, hitting .248. But he did 17 home runs over at third base, and he is 37 now, so who knows what his future in Los Angeles is?
Rod Barajas was solid at catcher when he came over from New York, hitting .297 with five homers in LA. He filled in very well when Russel Martin went out in August with the torn laburem.
In the outfield, the Dodgers did have Manny Ramirez, but he went to the DL three times before being traded to the White Sox. So instead, they called up Xavier Paul who did pretty much nothing.
In the other outfields were Andre Eithier and Matt Kemp. Kemp had a down year batting average wise, but still hit 28 home runs. Eithier had another great season, hitting .300.
Is this Dodgers team going to look the same in March? Probably not. There are already rumors of them moving Eithier and Kemp. Kemp for being a distraction as of late, and Eithier because of the whole ownership situation. There were rumors of them trading for Daisuke Matsuzaka of Boston, but Seattle is now interested too so it will be interesting to see if they get him.
All in all, the Dodgers probably could make the playoffs next year, but they do have some work to do.
Here is this week’s league leaders in Total Bases :
1. Vernon Welss- Toronto- 47
2. Nelson Cruz-Texas- 41
2. Matt Kemp-Los Angeles- 41
4. Jose Gullien-Kansas City- 40
5. Albert Pujols-St.Louis- 39
5. Dustin Pedroia- Boston- 39
7. Alex Gonzalez-Toronto-38
7. Chase Utley-Philadelphia-38
9. Casey McGee-Milwakee-36
10. Jorge Cantu-Florida- 35
I made my before-Spring Training predictions, here are my Opening Day Season predictions. Plus, check out the player to watch feature which gives you a player to watch on each team during the reaguler season.
AL East Player to watch:
Boston Red Sox (Jacoby Ellsbury)
New York Yankees (Marcus Thames)
Tampa Bay Rays (Ben Zobrist)
Baltimore Orioles (Nolan Reimold)
Toronto Blue Jays (Adam Lind)
Minnesota Twins (Orlando Hudson)
Chicago White Sox (Jake Peavy)
Kansas City Royals (Rick Ankeil)
Detroit Tigers (Austin Jackson)
Cleveland Indians (Micheal Brantly)
Seattle Mariners (Chone Figgins)
Anaheim Angels (Kendry Morales)
Texas Rangers (Neftali Feliz)
Oakland Athletics (Brett Anderson)
Philadelphia Phillies (Jayson Werth)
Atlanta Braves (Jason Heyward)
Florida Marlins (Mike Stanton)
Washington Nationals (Nyjer Morgan)
New York Mets (Kiko Calero)
St.Louis Cardinals (Colby Rasmus)
Chicago Cubs (Randy Wells)
Cincinatti Reds (Aroldis Chapman)
Milwakee Brewers (Alcades Escobar)
Houston Astros (Hunter Pence)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Garrett Jones)
Colorado Rockies (Jason Hammel)
Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw)
San Fransisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner)
Arizona D-backs (Justin Upton)
San Diego Padres (Clayton Richard)
1. Evan Longoria
2. Joe Mauer
3. Kendry Morales
1. Albert Pujols
2. Chase Utley
3. Ryan Braun
AL Cy Young
1. Jon Lester
2. Cliff Lee
3. Zack Greinke
NL Cy Young
1. Roy Halladay
2. Chris Carpenter
3. Tim Lincecum
1. Brain Matusz
2. Austin Jackson
3. Desmond Jennings
1. Jason Heyward
2. Mike Stanton
3. Madison Bumgarner
1. Don Wakamtsu
2. Ron Gardenhire
3. Joe Maddon
1. Bobby Cox
2. Tony LaRusa
3. Freddi Gonzalez
AL Comeback Player
NL Comeback Player
Those are my predicitions. My Internationl League predictions will be sometime next week.
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
New York Mets
San Fransisco Giants
San Diego Padres
AL MVP Top 3:
Evan Longoria- Rays
Joe Mauer- Twins
Kendry Morales- Angels
Red Sox MVP:
AL Cy Young Top 3:
Jon Lester- Red Sox
Zack Greinke- Royals
Cliff Lee- Mariners
Red Sox Cy Young:
NL MVP Top 3:
Albert Pujols- Cardinals
Jayson Werth- Phillies
Ryan Braun- Brwers
NL CY Youn Top 3:
Josh Johnson- Marlins
Tim Lincecum- Giants
Carlos Zambrano- Cubs
Desmond Jennings- Rays
Jason Heyward- Braves
The Baltimore Orioles will compete with the Rays for the #3 spot in the AL East
The Royals will have a record around .500
Mike Cameron will hit 25 HRs
The Reds will finish over .500
The Blue Jays will have the second worst record in baseball, ahead of only the Mets
I will be right about at least one thing here(I told you, bold predictions)
Here is a list of every MLB free agent signing to this point. You can also see this list at Soxtime.com. I will update this with every signing.
Name: Position Old Team Rumored teams: Signed with: $:
Erik Bedard SP Seattle Boston, Baltimore
Paul Byrd SP Boston None
Aroldis Chapman SP Cuba Boston, NYY
Jose Contreas SP Colorado Colorado
Doug Davis SP Arizona Milwakee
Justin Duchscher SP Oakland Oakland, Boston, CHC
Kelvim Escobar SP Anaheim Boston
Jon Garland SP Los Angeles Baltimore, Anaheim
Mike Hampton SP Houston Atlanta
Rich Harden SP CHC Boston, Seattle
Livan Herndandez SP Washington Washington
Randy Johnson SP San Fransisco None
John Lackey SP Anaheim Boston, Texas, Baltimore, Anaheim
Brandon Looper SP Milwakee Milwakee
Jason Marquis SP Colorado NYM
Pedro Martinez SP Philadelphia Philadelphia
Brett Myers SP Philadelphia NYY, Boston
Vincente Padilla SP Los Angeles Houston
Carl Pavano SP Minnesota Minnesota
Brad Penny SP San Fransisco San Fransisco
Andy Pettitte SP NYY NYY
Joel Pinero SP St. Louis St.Louis, Boston, Seattle
Ben Sheets SP Milwakee Boston, NYY, Texas
John Smoltz SP St.Louis St.Loius, Texas
Jarrod Washburn SP Detroit Seattle
Todd Wellemeyer SP St.Louis None
Randy Wolf SP Los Angeles LA, Texas, Atlanta
Here is all the type A and B players, who can be offered Arbitration today.
Type As: Bengie Molina SFG Billy Wagner BOS Chone Figgins LAA Darren Oliver LAA Jason Bay BOS Jermaine Dye CWS John Lackey LAA Johnny Damon NYY Jose Valverade HOU Kevin Gregg CHC LaTroy Hawkins HOU Marco Scutaro TOR Randy Wolf LAD Matt Holliday STL Miguel Tejada HOU Mike Gonzalez ATL Octavio Dotel CWS Orlando Cabrera MIN Orlando Hudson LAD Placido Polonco DET Rafeal Betancourt COL Rafeal Soriano ATL
Type Bs: Adam LaRouche PIT Adrian Beltre SEA Andy Pettitte NYY Bob Howry SFG Brandon Looper MIL Brandon Lyon DET Brain Giles SDP Brain Shouse TBR Carl Pavano MIN Carlos Delgado NYM Chan Ho Park PHI David Weathers MIL Doug Brocail HOU Doug Davis ARI Erik Bedard SEA Felipe Lopez MIL Fernando Rodney DET Fernando Tatis NYM Garret Anderson ATL Greg Zaun TBR Ivan Rodriguez TEX Jason Kendell MIL Jason Marquis COL Joe Beimial COL Joel Pinero STL Jon Garland LAD Justin Duchester OAK Mark DeRosa STL Marlon Byrd TEX MFelvin Mora BAL Miguel Olivo KCR Mike Cameron SEA Nick Johnson FLA Randy Johnson SFG Randy Winn SFG RIch Harden CHC Rod Barjas TOR Ronnie Belliard LAD Russ Springer TBR Scott Eyre PHI Tory Glaus STL Vincente Padilla LAD Vladimir Gurerro LAA Xavier Nady NYY Yorvit Torrealba COL
- Marco Scutaro says he would prefer to sign with the Red Sox or Dodgers, beacause he wants to play either SS or 2B. the Mariners and Rangers want to use him at third base. Interesting Texas would want him, with Micheal Young. “Boston is interested, like the Dodgers, Seattle and Texas,” Scutaro said. “They have just called to say they have interest, but they haven’t made an offer yet.
“The Dodgers want me to play second base, shortstop in Boston, and there are other teams who have called to play third. Although not close the doors, I would rather be between short and second.”
- Bud Selig has said he will retire after the 2012 season.
- Yesterday we learned the Marlins may be willing to deal Josh Johnson.
- Roy Halladay would aprove a deal to the Yankees.
- The Tigers are looking to trade Edwin Jackson.