Fire Jim Tracy

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Nonsensical Dodger Opinion of the Day

Why would you oppose trading Green's one year of contract for Piazza's one year of contract because Piazza is old and may not have much left, then advocate signing 33-year-old Jason Varitek (33 on April 11, 2005 and not getting any younger, or better) to a Boras "Kill the Team" special? I do know that if I'm looking for free agents, I'd much rather be looking at first base and in the outfield than at Catcher, where there aren't any, which causes any decent ones (and Varitek is only a decent one, at best) to balloon unreasonably in value (which brings us back to Boras). The question is whether you can get the production from Piazza that you would have gotten from Green; if you can, then this trade is a no-brainer. Of course, I would guess that the likelihood of equal production next year is less than 50%, but that's why we play the games.

I'm agnostic on this trade (unlike my opposition to the rumored Sosa deal) as of this point, but people looking to dog pile on this one are looking in the wrong place. If the trade goes through, we shift money to catcher and go looking for OFs and 1Bs. If not we keep Green and we pay through the nose for Damian Miller. Yikes. Our money goes farther with Piazza at Catcher than Green at First. Balance that against the very real likelihood that Piazza will be hurt, play badly, etc. Balance that Second-Half Shawn Green is still going to be around next year. That's a lot of balancing, but there are certainly some scenarios you can construct where this would be a win for the Dodgers.

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