Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Untouchables~

The 2008 Dodgers isn't built to win. It's time to either have a major overhaul to try and salvage the season and hope for a hot streak with some new players or build for next year. But it's obvious we need to get better and make some trades. Instead of determining who to trade, lets establish who absolutely can not be moved at all.

And in no particular order:

Chad Billingsly- The closest thing we have to an ace.

Clayton Kershaw- The second closest thing we to an ace.

Matt Kemp- Perrenial all-star/ Golg Glove winner/ Silver Slugger/ MVP.

Russell Martin- What more can be said. THE BEST CATCHER IN THE GAME!

Johnathen Broxton- His youth, contract, and durability make him unreplaceable.

Takashi Saito- Even with his age he is one of the best in the game. Great K rates and even better control with great late movement make him unreplaceable.

Rafael Furcal- Lets just hope Ned does the smart thing and locks him up.

There are a few second tier players that deserve credit where credit is due. It's unlikely that we can unload them and get something back of equal or greater value.

Guys like:

James Loney. It's time we see that Silver Slugger bat come alive. AND he needs to be more consistent with the glove!!! It's possible to get someone better than Loney. He is a good player, has a nice swing, but he just needs to, dare i say, be... more... consistent. (shades of Joe Morgan)

Andre Ethier. Really he should be on the list above, but his OPS+ is ok~ (113), but arm and defense are great. Because of that it would be really hard to replace him with someone better. But it is possible.

Blake Dewitt. It would take a really sweet offer to find someone more likeable and talented as Dewitt. He shows that he has the talent to take over the starting job at third. Lets hope his young head can stay in it.

Joe Beimel. How can you not like the guy. He has a role and he fits perfectly in it. He is above average at what he does and clearly for the Dodgers no one else can do what he does. But there are a few available Left Hand relievers that are better.

Hong Chi Kuo. His strike out rate is as advertised. He has great stuff. But I don't want him to be around when he needs another Tommy John surgery. Eventually they are going to run out of tendons in his body to stick in that elbow.

Hiroki Kuroda. A nice pitcher. He is a nice 3rd or 4th starter. If he continues to go 7 on a mimimal pitch count he is worth having around. Still a question mark as this is his first season in the bigs.

As far as I'm concerned, everyone else is fair game.

Brad Penny
Derek Lowe
Chan Ho Park
Esteban Loaiza
Mark Sweeney
Gary Bennett

Naturally I have a plan!

Pierre and Hu for Maddux and a prospect.

edit: Tony Abreu, Andy Laroche, Derek Lowe Jaime Pedroza, Justin Orenduff, and Greg Miller for CC Sabatthia.

Juan Pierre, Josh Bell, John Lindsey, Chin Lung Hu, and Scott Elbert for Brian Roberts.

Garrett White, James Adkins, Yhency Brazoban, Andruw Jones and Ramon Troncoso for Bobby Abreu. (It may take more for this one.)

Jones and Lowe for Bobby Abreu.

Greg Miller, Eric Stults, Andy Laroche, Tony Abreu, and John Meloan for Brian Roberts.

Cut Kent, Sweeney, Bennett, and hope Schmidt just retires already.

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