Fire Jim Tracy

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Before We Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming...

Jon Weisman has an excellent rundown of what the future might hold for the 2004 roster on his Dodger Thoughts site. A few thoughts:

Gagne

On paper, I don't think Gagne is worth what the Dodgers will end up paying him, BUT (and this is a big but), from a popularity and marketing standpoint, he is probably the most valuable Dodger since Fernando. His value rises and falls with how Tracy will use him -- and generally, I have very few complaints about how Jim Tracy used Eric Gagne in 2004. If we use him according to the Plaschke Plan (for one out with three run leads only), he's about as valuable as Dan Kolb. So the question is less whether to resign him (yes, yes, yes) for how much (can't imagine what the limit would be) but how to use him once signed.

Perez

Here they are, your new improved Washington LOBBBBBBBBBBYISTSSSSSSSSS!

Alvarez

Not his fault that Tracy wouldn't bat for him or pitch for him. If we can get over the idea that he can pitch more than an inning (and pay him commensurately), bring him back.

Lima

Don't pay him crazy money, but I would pay for the surgery myself if we could take 10% of what Lima's Playoff attitude and inject it in Weaver. If Lima wants two years, I can see giving him two years.

Ishii

Atlanta took Todd Martin; I can't believe they would let us rook them again.

Nomo

Nomo took some unfair criticism this year for being unemotional after he pitched badly. He's always been unemotional, and frankly, a warrior. That shouldn't mask the fact that he was the worst pitcher in the National League by a blowout margin. Given that every single pitcher in the National League (and possibly the American) is a better option, the only thing to say is...next.

Jackson

Better teach that guy an off speed pitch he can throw for something resembling a strike.

Cora

Trade. Now. Before it gets worse, and he and Tracy move in together and start picking out drapes.

Hundley

Just kidding.

Izturis

I liked him when he was hitting .230, I like him now. But please, please, please fix the pop-up problem.

Bradley

Arbitration? We'll see how good Bradley's agent is by the amount of time it takes to put pen to whatever the Dodgers offer him. 30 seconds = Fire Your Agent. Bradley is in the one situation that might just work for him. I'm guessing he can sign for more somewhere else (talent is pricy, no matter the baggage), but imagine the pressure of having to try to earn it. Best to fall into Dodger fans' loving arms.

Mota

Ha. Ha. Made you look.

Beltre

Wow. This one is legitimately tough. It worries me. Everyone seems to think that it is a foregone conclusion that we should just pay Beltre whatever he wants. But it's not. Every warning flag is waving bright, magenta, blood red. The ankle needs surgery. Boras is the agent. Plaschke is for it. There is no consistent history of production (one and a half years -- Beltre had an excellent late 2003 as well). He had a terrible pennant drive and playoff series. Billy Beane put forward a rule that is not only good for sports, but good for business in general; if you're in a position where you can't say no, you are going to make a bad deal. The fans and the press are putting DePodesta in a position where he can't say no. I think we "should" resign Beltre. But we have to release the pressure valve.

1 Comments:

  • Josh is dead on about both Gagne and Beltre, especially Beltre. Beltre has DREIFERT written all over him -- he had a good year and a half (in a contract year, no less) and now everyone is prepared to give him the store. I'm still not convinced, especially with his performance down in Sept-Oct. Do you want to be paying this guy $15 million two years from now when he's back to batting .255 with 23 home runs? Josh also makes a good point about Bradley too, but I'm not sure if Dodgers fans are as flowing with the unconditional love as Josh thinks they are.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/13/2004 02:12:00 PM  

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