Tag: Blake DeWitt

JC’s LA View: Desperate Dodger Deals Dare Disaster

Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
Rumack: I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.

One couldn’t be surprised if Dodgers manager Joe Torre slipped into the role of Ted Striker from the movie “Airplane!” when talking to L.A.’s GM Ned Colletti’s version of Dr. Rumack after hearing of the deals Colletti orchestrated at the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, the reaction from Dodger fans trend towards language with a much higher concentration of salt and vinegar.

Colletti landed Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot from the Cubs, along with Octavio Dotel from the Pirates on the final day of non-waiver trades. A few days earlier, Scott Podsednik was acquired from the Royals.

The price tag for this collection of spare parts is even more staggering than the stench from a sack of month-old fish left to putrefy in the summer sun.

Blake DeWitt is a young left handed hitting infielder who plays with intelligence, grit, and desire. Thus, he obviously doesn’t fit in with the rest of the squad, necessitating his dispatch to Chicago.

Starting rotation anchor Clayton “Chinstrap” Kershaw—don’t call him an ace, as this year’s collection of Dodger starters clearly lacks one—summed up the deal best, “Honesty, it sucks.”

Now, Los Angeles can boast three right-handed hitting second basemen, killing off the logic of a platoon. They also got older, given Theriot is DeWitt’s senior by six years.

Two minor league pitchers were also sacrificed: Kyle Smit, a No. 5 pick in 2006, and 2009’s No. 3 pick Brett Wallach.

Given the Dodgers are not expected to keep Lilly after this season, and the specter of short-sighted frugality most likely will have them not offering arbitration, thus losing the chance to receive compensatory picks, this deal has to be seen as an act of desperation by Colletti.

Once can only guess if he was acting on orders from above to give the appearance of activity to sandbag fans into believing all that could be done to make the postseason is actually taking place.

The fear is all this sound and fury will end up signifying nothing, given the team’s lackluster attitude in conjunction with the confidence and upgrades coming from San Diego make achieving a playoff spot more and more unlikely.

Then, just before the deadline hit, Colletti shipped the talented but under-performing James McDonald along with drug tarnished former top minor league outfielder Andrew Lambo to Pittsburgh for Dotel, a reliever who drags his 4.50 ERA into the Dodger bullpen.

Granted, it is enough to make serial arsonist George Sherrill green with envy, but this deal should have cost one or the other, not both prospects.

Still, the transaction that really has me spitting bullets took place on July 28, when top minor league catching prospect Lucas May was sent packing, along with Class-A pitcher Elisaul Pimentel, for Scott Podsednik.

May was a Triple-A All-Star catcher this season, and just represented the organization in the Futures Game. Converted from shortstop, May is a line drive-type hitter whose defensive abilities continue to improve, and was the best catcher in the Dodger minor league system.

Colletti dealt Carlos Santana, considered the top catching prospect in the organization in 2008, for Casey Blake. Now A.J. Ellis, who has shown himself to be backup quality at best, has the mantle thrust upon him by default, leaving the organization with a gaping hole to fill.

Considering the nosedive Russell Martin’s career path has taken, this deficiency becomes even more pronounced.

Podsednik, who can be considered the poor man’s Juan Pierre, gives the team just about the same skill set in a fourth outfielder as last season. However, Torre has pushed Rafael Furcal out of his preferred lead off spot to make room for Podesdnik.

One can’t believe this will please Furcal, who has been the most consistent position player the Blue Crew has fielded this season, in spite of the family tragedy he experienced a little more than a month ago.

If Xavier Paul had taken advantage of the opportunity that came his way when Manny Ramirez suffered his leg injuries, this deal would not have been necessary. The same could be said if Garrett Anderson hadn’t needed binoculars to look up at the Mendoza line.

Hopefully Los Angeles will allow Anderson to ride off into the sunset when either Manny or Reed Johnson finally return from the disabled list.

Coming off a sweep at the hands of the cursed Giants, there is scant positive news Dodger fans can look forward to. The offseason, currently scheduled to begin while October is still in single digits, does not hold much hope either, considering the legal wrangling for control of the franchise will most likely not be concluded.

Whichever side emerges victorious, loyal Dodger fans have to seriously question the ability of McCourt to provide the cash infusion needed to upgrade the roster back to one that is a serious World Series contender.

Woe to the republic.


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Ted Lilly & Ryan Theriot Traded To Dodgers: Fantasy Impact

According to MLB Network, the Dodgers have acquired Ted Lilly & Ryan Theriot from the Cubs for Blake DeWitt and minor league pitchers Brett Wallach & Kyle Smit.

The Dodgers Get
They needed depth in the rotation, behind Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley & Hiroki Kuroda (and Vicenta Padilla).  Lilly has always been a solid pitcher and 2010 is no different, with a 3.69 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.  He has benefited from some luck with a .261 BABIP, but that mark isn’t far off from his past couple of seasons:

  • 2007 – .272
  • 2008 – .283
  • 2009 – .270

His fantasy vale remains relatively flat due to the move.

Theriot should step into the starting spot at 2B.  His hit near the top of the order for the Cubs, but with Rafael Furcal and the newly acquired Scott Podsednik, he is going to be hitting near the bottom of the order.  That will hurt his ability to score runs and he has little power to speak of.  Plus, he may have fewer opportunities to run.  While he enters a better lineup, his little fantasy appeal takes a small hit.

The Cubs Get
DeWitt may have a little more power then Theriot (he did hit 9 HR in ‘08), but has no real speed.  He may not get everyday AB, potentially sharing time with Mike Fontenot.  At best, he’s a low-end option in deeper fantasy formats.

Wallach is 6-0 with a 3.72 ERA and 92 K over 84.2 innings at Single-A.  He was a third round draft pick for the Dodgers in 2009 and struggles last season in his professional debut (5.23 ERA over 31.0 innings).

Smit is a right-handed relief pitcher who has seen time at Single and Double-A this season.  Overall he has a 2.35 ERA and 47 K over 53.2 innings.  Unless he can develop into a closer, he’s not likely to hold fantasy value.

What are your thoughts on this deal?  Who is affected most?

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Keep checking www.rotoprofessor.com  for all the fantasy fallout from the deadline deals as we cover the moves as they happen!

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Los Angeles Dodgers Injury Update 6/6/10

Just over a third of the way through the 2010 season, it is overly apparent: The Dodgers have been hit hard by injuries straight out of the gate.

However, hope is on the horizon. A perpetually depleted bullpen is starting to rebound from injuries to its main characters. Hong-Chih Kuo is beginning to find his form that enabled him to have success in his 2009 campaign.

Jeff Weaver, the Dodgers veteran righty out of the ‘pen has been heckled by numerous health issues all season. However, it appears as though his recent soreness will not force him to the disabled list.

George Sherrill is recovering nicely from a back strain that forced him to the 15-day disabled list on May 24. The set-up man made his first rehab start June 1, and reports were promising. Following more work on Saturday, in which Sherrill pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning for Triple-A Albuquerque, the lefty is on pace to return shortly.

Cory Wade is set to start his minor league rehabilitation in the upcoming week, and may make his season debut in the month of June.

Vicente Padilla is scheduled to return on June 18, just in time to start against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. His return will necessitate a decision for Joe Torre. The skipper will have to decide between two young arms.

Charlie Haeger is coming off the DL following a rehab to firm up the healing process on the turf toe that has hindered his delivery over the last month.

Haeger’s competition for the final spot in the starting rotation is fierce. Rookie John Ely has made a strong campaign to remain on the roster. His 2.54 ERA and .208 opponents’ BA would be difficult to dismiss, especially considering Haeger has struggled all season.

Ely has also shown he has the ability to go deep in to games, which had been Haeger’s number one attribute. A rubber arm will certainly be welcomed during a time of inconsistency healthwise on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster.

There is still no estimated time of return for Russell Martin’s veteran back-up, Brad Ausmus. The 41-year-old catcher is still on the 60-day disabled list following April surgery on a pinched nerve in his lower back. Although Ausmus is able to walk around and even play a little toss, his back still tightens up on occasion and there’s no reason to chance it given A.J. Ellis’ youth and versatility.

Finally, the Dodgers will decide the immediate future for starting third baseman Casey Blake. While fielding pre-game ground balls on Thursday, Blake felt pain in his lower back, and was immediately removed from the line-up. He will be evaluated on Sunday, after an MRI showed perplexing and inconclusive results.

If Blake lands on the DL, expect veterans Jamey Carroll and Ronnie Belliard to pick up the slack, and see increased playing time. Blake DeWitt will have to find an offensive groove; he will be called upon to be the every day second baseman in Blake’s absence.

For further updates, fans can catch the Dodgers versus the Braves, with a marquee pitching match-up (John Ely 3-2, 2.54 ERA vs. Tim Hudson 6-1, 2.30 ERA) set for 1:10 PT at Dodger Stadium.

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