The Dodgers made a controversial signing of Zack Greinke today, with the official numbers at 6-years, $147 million. Sounds like a lot right? Because it is. He’s making more than CC Sabathia with his 2-year contract extension; as the Dodgers number two pitcher. If this is what they’re spending on Greinke, imagine what Kershaw will be asking for in 2014. Last year, Greinke pitched 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 200 SO. Greinke may be on the decline and is certainly past what is usually prime pitching years, but a mere 3 years ago, Greinke was arguably the best starting pitcher in the League. I’d like to apologize for the cop-out analysis; but I believe whether he is overpaid or not will be determined on the mound. His payroll numbers are comparable to that of Cole Hamels, who didn’t even try to got he Free Agency route; so I’m not too eager to point a finger at Ned Colletti and say that the Dodgers overpaid.
Although not final yet, Mark McGwire has stated that he intends to take a position with the LA Dodgers as the new hitting coach. He is leaning towards the position because his family is living in Orange County. McGwire himself a twelve time all-star has helped the Cardinal’s younger players become more effective at the plate; including players like David Freese and Matt Carpenter. Though there will always be an asterisk next to his name, who can deny his ability to see the ball and make contact with it. Not to come in favor of steroids in sports, because as we’ve seen with the Melky situation I am very opposed to it. It’s cheating, plain and simple. But, as Ted Williams once said: “The hardest thing to do in baseball is to hit a round ball with a round bat squarely.” And that’s what it’s about. Not many people are able to see the ball and hit it like Mark McGwire, regardless of steroid use. When the Cardinals made the bold decision to hire Mark, during the regular season the Cardinals led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS in addition to runs. They were also the only team in the National League to have fewer than 1000 strikeouts. I believe this could be a great fit for the Dodgers, with their offense struggling in the latter part of the 2012 season. Nothing about the move has been confirmed yet by either side.
The LA Dodgers have re-signed right-hander Brandon League to a 3 year $22.5 million contract today, and earned his position as the team’s closer. League was acquired in July from the Mariners and was mainly used as a middle reliever, but after Kenley Jansen’s injury, League pitched a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunites after taking Jansen’s position as closer. The contract also has an option for 2016.
Thought this article was interesting. I love that they’re keeping the retro 50′s feel. Thoughts on the renovations? Comments please!
LA Times Article Here
Article from the Associated Press via Mercury News-
The ex-wife of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has filed a motion to set aside the couple’s divorce settlement, claiming he committed fraud by vastly understating the team’s value.
Jamie McCourt’s attorney, Bertram Fields, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that attempts to modify what he called a “massive imbalance” in the settlement failed, forcing her to return to court.
The motion filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Frank McCourt misrepresented the couple’s Dodger assets as worth less than $300 million before their divorce in 2010. The team sold in May 2012 for $2.15 billion to a group that includes former NBA star Magic Johnson.
Representatives for Frank McCourt could not immediately be reached for comment.
A hearing for the motion has been scheduled for November.
The original article can be read here-
This was a good day. This is me, the writer of this TFDB Blog in the dugout at Dodger Stadium. Tonight, the boys in blue take on the Reds at 4:05 PT.