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Belisario Returns, Kershaw Starts Suspension and Some Link Catch-Ups

Where to start.

First off, there’s been a ton of trade rumors popping up around the Dodgers, as both buyers and sellers. Turns out the Dodgers are no longer interested in Scott Downs, but Ken Rosenthal tweeted last night the Dodgers, Giants and Padres are interested in Scott Podsednik. C/O Memories of Kevin Malone:

NL West teams are bombarding the Royals with interest in Scott Podsednik, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Rosenthal suggests the Giants, Padres and Dodgers could be fits. The Giants and Padres have been linked to outfielders for weeks now and Dodgers GM Ned Colletti recently said he wants to add outfield depth.

Oh dear.

-Most importantly, i’m announcing that I think i’ll be doing a daily updated trade rumor thread until the deadline passes. Feel free to check in regularly or contribute. 😀

-Update: Confirmation on Scott Podsednik rumor.

I tweeted last night that this sounds like BS and even though it’s been confirmed, it still sounds more like teams are kicking the tires. Pods isn’t anything more than a bench player for any of those teams. It makes even less sense for the Dodgers, who have a great offensive outfield, a great spot outfielder in Xavier Paul and a great bench outfielder in Reed Johnson. They even have a great off-the-bench baserunner in Jamey Carroll. Acquiring Pods would also mean getting rid of Garrett Anderson and if the team hasn’t done that by now, they won’t. Don’t trust anything that comes out of any GM’s mouth.

I also just realized how white the Dodgers are. And how often I’ve been praising the white players.

Next, Ronald Belisario has returned from who knows where. And it appears he was in an alcohol program?

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who has been on Major League Baseball’s restricted list since July 7, has resumed workouts at Dodger Stadium, according to the team, though no timetable has been set for his return to the active roster.

The Dodgers offered no further comment. Belisario hasn’t pitched for the team since July 5, when he threw shutout ball over a career-high three innings against Florida. Players can be kept on the restricted list for a maximum of 30 days, meaning that Belisario has until approximately Aug. 6 before the Dodgers make a decision on him.

After a 2009 rookie season in which he posted a 2.04 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings, Belisario opened the 2010 season on the restricted list following visa problems that detained his arrival in the States from his native Venezuela. He made his season debut April 21, and after performing inconsistently through the end of May, had a 1.45 ERA from June 1 on. For the year, Belisario has a 3.79 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.

Belisario was arrested for driving under the influence in June 2009 and subsequently pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Well that’s good to know. I hope he really came out of that better. The bullpen could really use him if he can perform at an average level.

Clayton Kershaw has started his suspension as of today.

Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to have the lefty drop the appeal of his five-game suspension, which he will serve this week, postponing Kershaw’s next start until Sunday in San Francisco.

Kershaw was suspended for hitting Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand with the first pitch of the seventh inning July 20, after both teams had been issued warnings earlier in the game. Dodgers manager Joe Torre and coach Bob Schaefer served one-game suspensions related to the game last week.

This lines up Kershaw to pitch against Stephen Strasburg on Aug. 6 (h/t to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA).

Speaking of TBLA, Michael White posted a series preview for the series against the Padres, which starts today.

Starting Pitching for our Series:

Game 1: Jon Garland will take the hill for the Padres against Mr. Complete Game Chad Billingsley. Understandably, Garland couldn’t continue to carry his insane sub 2 ERA like he had when the Dodgers last visited Petco, but he still has an ERA outperforming his x-FIP. His ERA on the year is 3.61 compared to an x-FIP of 4.44.

Game 2: Clayton Richard is a LHP who came to San Diego last season in the Jake Peavy trade. Richard has better numbers than Garland, as his ERA is only outperforming his x-FIP by a margin of 3.57 to 4.00. Pretty solid numbers for the lefty.

Game 3: Mat Latos is back from injury and will make the start against Vicente Padilla on Thursday. Latos was drafted by San Diego in 2006 and has been very impressive in his professional career so far. The 22 year old enters the series with a 2.48 ERA and an x-FIP of 3.49.

It’s gonna be a good series. I imagine if the Dodgers lose all three games, it could knock them into “sellers” at the deadline.

I also think I’ve said on here that trading Andre Ethier probably wouldn’t be a bad idea, if they got something worthwhile out of it. Ethier is awesome and is under contract through next year and has another year of arbitration after that. It’d be interesting to see what they got in return for him.


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Financial Considerations: shedding payroll and finding bargains

This is part II on a series of baseball economics, player salaries and payrolls. The first was the overview.

Congratulations on being hired as the new General Manager of the 2010 Kansas City Royals.  The outgoing GM left quite a mess–a $70 million payroll, a 97-loss season and a number of unhappy fans–and now its your mess.*

*Of course, we mean no offense to Dayton Moore, the current GM of Royals, or the team’s owner, David Glass, but we’re looking to work with a team that’s in a bad way right now–Moore’s plan is for the long-term future and we respect that.

Fortunately, though, because you have a good track record with drafting, you are the new hope.  The fans and media appreciated your hiring.  The new owner has faith in you.  He has given you complete autonomy and a decent budget.  He promises to never meddle in your affairs (unlike certain team owners in, say, Houston or New York). It will be a long road to recovery and he understands this, promising you a four-year plan.

You have brought in a few people you trust as your advisors, head of scouting and development and other positions and you are satisfied with the scouts, some of whom you brought in and others whom you feel did a good job scouting for the team before you got there. You feel you have the right people in place for the right jobs. Now that we’re all set up, we’re going to jump right into payroll and finances.

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Royals sign Rick Ankiel, 1 year, $3.25 mil

“A power hitter with a terrible on-base percentage WE MUST SIGN HIM!!” –Royals GM Dayton Moore.

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Joe Pos and his exsanguinating Royals decade in review piece

Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star and Sports Illustrated wrote a very long post about the Royals and what went wrong in the decade that wasn’t.  Obviously the aughts were a terrible decade for the Royals and no one has said it better than Pos does.

Needless to say, it’s a good read.  Some choice quotes:

The amazing part of that 2004 season was not that things went bad — looking back, we probably should have seen a drop-off coming. It was HOW FAST things went bad.

Once it became clear that, no, there was really no secret plan behind [bringing up 24-year-old non-prospect Eduardo Villacis] — the Royals apparently did not have a pitcher for Yankee Stadium and did not want to spend money to bring one up — well, I think that Villacis move was another crossed line. The 100-loss game showed that the Royals were sort of non-commital. The Villacis game showed the Royals had run out of ideas.

And then it got just dreadful. [Royals then-GM] Allard Baird […] was in this terrible spot — he was given little money, little support, there was way too much ownership meddling — and looking back it is clear to me that he did not really know what to do to get out of it. Once things go THAT BAD, every move seems to go sour. If you had to put a book title on the Royals decade, it might be: “Desperation Makes Things Worse.”

[After firing Baird in 2006], the Royals hired Dayton Moore, probably the hottest GM prospect in baseball. And even THAT they screwed up. They hired Dayton Moore BEFORE the 2006 amateur draft, but Moore insisted that he could not start until AFTER the draft because it would not be fair to the Braves. It was a classy decision by Dayton … except that the Royals had the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft. It was one of those critical moments for an organization. The No. 1 overall pick can make or break a team’s future. And the Royals went into that draft with no GM.

They spent that No. 1 pick on Luke Hochevar, a 22-year-old pitcher who had been pitching Independent League ball after agreeing and then refusing to sign with the Dodgers for $3 million. The pick shocked baseball people who had expected the Royals to take a big left-handed pitcher named Andrew Miller. Evan Longoria, Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum went in the Top 10.

All right, if I keep doing this I’m gonna quote the whole thing, go read the article.

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