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A little reflection on the Dodgers’ Trade Deadline

Not gonna comment too much on this. A lot’s been said, a lot’s been published, but we’re going to need some time to reflect on it.

The Dodgers traded away Blake DeWitt, Elisaul Pimentel, Lucas May, Brett Wallach, James McDonald and Andrew Lambo. That’s one MLB starter, one #5 starter, two back-end starters, a back-up catcher and a troubled but talented outfield hitter.

They got in return Ted Lilly, Scott Podsednik, Ryan Theriot and Octavio Dotel. A decent SP, an average OF with no power, a replacement level 2B with no power and a sub-par reliever.

The plan is to win this year, but at what cost?


Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 7 games out of first place in the NL West and 5 games out of the wild card. It’s a long shot to even get to the playoffs.

The best news is the biggest pieces in the Dodgers’ farm system are still Dodgers. Trayvon Robinson, Jerry Sands, Chris Withrow, Dee Gordon, Aaron Miller, Ethan Martin, Javy Guerra and Nathan Eovaldi. Andrew Lambo was a loss, but he’s a risky investment and Sands has performed better than him this year and last. Sands is also a risk, but I’d rather have Sands.

Giving up McDonald, though, was a mistake. And giving up McDonald AND Lambo for Dotel was a big mistake.

Even if neither of them does well in the majors, it was overpaying greatly for a sub-par reliever. Honestly, the Dodgers paid less for Lilly and Theriot. You wonder what the Dodgers could’ve netted for McDonald and Lambo if they had shopped them more.

The second-best news, I guess, is Podsednik, Manny, Lilly and Dotel (if his option year isn’t vested) are free agents after the season and offering arbitration could give the Dodgers 5 or 6 first round draft picks, if all goes to plan.

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Ned Colletti Made a Not … Bad … Trade???

Rethinking this after 24 hours.

You know you get so used to these deadline deals that you expect the Dodgers to lose. Two years ago, the Dodgers traded away Carlos Santana. Last year, the Dodgers traded away Josh Bell. In return, they got an every day 3B in Casey Blake and a good reliever in George Sherrill. Certainly the return was OK, but the cost was expensive.

Yesterday, Ned Colletti traded two also-rans for a decent, cheap starting outfielder. Scott Podsednik is now a Dodger and Lucas May and Elisaul Pimentel are now Royals. Neither of the latter two will have a big impact on the MLB roster.

Yesterday, I also incorrectly argued against the trade. Despite Podsednik having three awful years, 2006-08, his past one and a half seasons have seen him return to value. He’s not going to hit home runs, but he gets on base at a decent clip and he has decent range.

Most Dodger fans know Lucas May as the fourth-string Dodgers catcher. He comes up to the big leagues when two of Russell Martin, Brad Ausmus and AJ Ellis are injured.

Pimentel is an unknown, but not in the way Santana and Bell were in 2009/2008 respectively. Ben Badler said he was a fringy guy at best. So basically the Dodgers traded a possible relief pitcher and a back-up catcher. If Pimentel develops into anything more than that, then it’s a hindsight-is-20/20 deal.

If Podsednik is indeed a spot filler until Manny Ramirez is back (if he comes back), then this is a great trade.

If Manny never comes back, then this season may be lost already. But the thing you’re not hearing is that Podsednik may return a Type B or even Type A draft pick compensation in the event that he’s offered arbitration this off-season. He’s put in the time over the last two years, which is the thing Elias Sports Bureau is most concerned about in A/B compensation, and he’s performed well over that time too.

Overall, not a bad trade. Well done, Mr. Colletti.

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