With the Dodgers poised to be buyers this summer, RJ looks at GM Ned Colletti's trading record.
The most telling aspect of the Ryan Dempster-to-Los Angeles rumors is not that the Dodgers, second in the majors in rotation earned run average, are looking for even more starting pitching. Nor is it that the Cubs are open for business. The most telling aspect about these rumors is that nobody trusts Ned Colletti. Take these carefully selected comments from True Blue LA as evidence:
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Jay looks at the Dodgers' deadline deals and wonders what they were thinking when they traded Travyon Robinson.
It's fair to say the Dodgers aren't accustomed to selling at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. The last time they were lousy enough to go into the deadline far enough removed from a playoff spot to be sellers was 19 years ago when they were en route to 99 losses: their worst season in 83 years. Not that they hadn't failed to recognize the need to do so last summer when they were seven games back in the NL West and 5 1/2 games back in the Wild Card; a more honest assessment of their chances would have had general manager Ned Colletti selling off parts in exchange for prospects. This week, the Dodgers finally got a chance to see Colletti doing just that, and the sum of his moves and non-moves was enough to make a fan pine for the days of Octavio Dotel.
Choosing who to play remains the Dodgers' basic problem, but will Ned Colletti pick the other people's players and field his best team?
The Dodgers have overcome a slow start thanks to a friendly turn of the schedule, a ten-day stretch of games against the Rockies and Marlins that they converted for an 8-1 run that pushed them within shouting distance of the Diamondbacks. A 5-1 win last night over the Mets has them within three games of Arizona in the division, and, as silly as this notion is on May 6, tied for the theoretical wild-card slot.
Few GMs inspire more comment, both favorable and unfavorable, than the Dodgers' Ned Colletti. Nate takes a long look at Colletti's very active record of successes and failures.
Los Angeles is a pre-millennial dream trapped in a post-millennial universe, and so too are its Dodgers. On the one hand, Dodger Stadium, with its understated elegance and Euclidean dimensions, is just the same ballpark as it's always been, tucked ever-so-perfectly into Chavez Ravine. On the other hand, it features $12 beers and bilingual ads in the urinals, and an information orgy on the scoreboard, where you can find lots of useful things like the current hitter's OBP and the taxon of the last pitch ("Fast Ball" and "Slider" seeming to be the most common).
With all those zeros flying around, some had to come from Kansas City. Meanwhile, the Dodgers and Red Sox bicker over tampering, and the Cubs spend for the little guy.
"This was one of the more miserable winter meetings I've ever been to. Between the lack of activity and the volcanic (free agent) market, it was tough."
--Mariners GM Bill Bavasi, on the winter meetings.
Ned Colletti's finishing his seventh season as Assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Giants. A former sportswriter who got his start in baseball in the Cubs public relations department, Colletti cut his teeth under Dallas Green and Jim Frey in Chicago and Bob Quinn and Brian Sabean in San Francisco. One of the most prolific contract negotiators in the game, he's completed about 350 player contracts worth $750 million during his career, including the last two Barry Bonds contracts for the Giants. Colletti and GM Brian Sabean have presided over a Giants team that's been eliminated from playoff contention for a total of 11 days over the last seven years, on track for a fourth playoff appearance this season. He recently chatted with BP about the role of an assistant GM, the Sidney Ponson trade, and why the Giants sign and trade for the players they do.
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