Open thread #1

Update:Kuroda resigns with Yankees.

Update: R.A. Dickey wins NL Cy Young Award, Kershaw finishes second, 113 points back.

Let’s start a new thread for personnel speculation and anything else which gets our attention.

From the comments in the last thread we learn that the Dodgers have spoken to Torii Hunter about a two-year deal, or so says Mark Saxon at ESPN LA, citing an unnamed source.

Well, maybe. I can’t see a need for him. The Dodgers have Ethier in right, Kemp in center, and Crawford in left, with Hairston and possibly Tony Gwynn as backups. Why would they need a relatively expensive 37-year old, even one who just had an excellent year?

Saxon also reports that the Dodgers have paid $25.7M for the right to offer a contract to a 25-year-old Korean pitcher named Ryu Hyun-jin.

Who? Well . . .

Ryu was 98-52 with a 2.80 career ERA during seven seasons in South Korea. He pitched for his country on teams that won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and reached the championship game of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

The $25.7 million fee will be paid to the Eagles only if Ryu signs with the major league team.

The Dodgers have 30 days to get a deal done with the young man and his agent, who happens to be Scott Boras.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    On the Hunter possibilities I like the last 3 paragraphs of the MSTI link: http://tinyurl.com/afvs9d3

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I mean think of the possibilities of outfielders getting rest and having no holes in the lineup because of it and Eithier sitting against lefties….It’s a win win situation…much better than Hairiston, Gywnn or any other AAA possibility

      • package206

        What about Puig??

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          not ready in my opinion…1 more year through the minor league system…moving up through the ranks as the year progresses

          • package206

            I don’t think the Dodgers will keep paying Puig millions to play in the minors. I think he will get a chance early in the spring while Crawford rehabs.

          • WBBsAs

            Puig sounds to be still pretty raw, though the physical talent appears to be there.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, the kid has only 52 PA at Cucamonga and didn’t put up that big of numbers there. You can’t go into ST counting on him to puig any holes.

          • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

            Groan. Am I gonna have to create a new rule: No horrific puns based on names? ;)

          • dalegribel

            Sorry, I liked that one!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Linkmiser!

          • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

            I’m hardly a miser when it comes to putting up links, surely? ;)

          • package206

            hahahahaha

    • dalegribel

      I thought Hunter came out and said he hadn’t even spoken to the Dodgers?

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        No his agent did and that info came out after I posted this…then after that they did talk again as per MLB trade rumors…always good to wait a couple of days before you post on a trade rumor ^_^

  • Go_Bears

    I have to say that I find the whole Hot Stove considerably less interesting now that the Dodgers can basically have any player they want. I suppose there’s still some fun to be had in arguing about priorities (no thanks to Torii Hunter) but with no apparent budget constraint, the role of armchair GM is a whole lot less satisfying.

    Um, “all of the above” please.

    • Bumsrap

      Since the goal is to build the best team now as well as in the future and not to have the highest payroll, having money expands the hot stove possibilities not diminish it.

  • foul tip

    When Ned said recently the team was a “touch” closer to acquiring a new starter, he may have had a certain Korean lefty in mind.

    $25 mil or so can reach out and do a lot of touching.

  • Bumsrap

    Should the Dodgers trade Ramirez for San Diego’s Headley to give the Dodgers a third baseman that wants to play third? How about trading Gordon and let Cruz play short? Will Piug or Pederson make it to the Dodgers first?

    • Bob_Hendley

      We will have to see what they do, but if I had to guess now, I would say Puig, given his age and contract, would get the first look.

    • package206

      NOOO, give Dee a new home and let Cruz play 3rd. Puig 1st chance

    • Bob_Hendley

      Its real hard to imagine such a trade. Headley may be on the block because he could price himself out of San Cally Ding Dong, but Ramirez hardly seems like a fit there for the same reason. Even if LA ate some of his salary, doesn’t seem like a move that SD would be interested in.

      • Bumsrap

        Then maybe Cruz and Lilly/Harrang for Headley if the Dodgers sign a free agent pitcher.

        • John_from_Aus

          That trade idea doesn’t seem so bad!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Don’t they already have Marquis and Stults? Hard to imagine them increasingly the age of their rotation by adding those guys.

          • Bumsrap

            How about Gordon and Billingsley for Headley.

          • package206

            Yes!!

          • Bob_Hendley

            I like it! (which means the Pads won’t)

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        Hey! I happen to live in San Cally Ding Dong….It’s very expensive to live here

        • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

          Grins. I’ll see your cost of living and raise. By 40%. ;)

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            Link I lived in Hawaii for 3 years…I know the cost of living, but the key factor here is you guys don’t have a MLB team to support there..You have 6 ^_^…Blacked out all the time grins.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Lived in both myself. You guys are a couple of lucky stiffs in my book.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ha! Its a nickname from Australian sailors. You don’t want to know what they call San Fransisco…or maybe you do.

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            I’ve heard the expression for SD before…when I was a youngster living in LA

          • John_from_Aus

            Us Aussies have many nicknames for things!

        • foul tip

          No idea what San Cally Ding Dong refers to, other than a nickname for San Diego? What does it mean? If it can be answered without violating guidelines ‘-])

  • package206

    Knowing the Dodgers will probably add another starter, do you think they will add Greinke, Sanchez, Loshe, or someone else?? More than one?? Trade any current starters??

    • Bumsrap

      Or, perhaps they should have tried to get Johnson and Burhle.

      • package206

        Ya think?

  • package206

    The Dodgers should have tried to obtain Josh Johnson and Mark Burhle from the Marlins as it appears the Blue Jays are going to make that happen. Marlin firesale, I guess.

    • WinnipegDave

      My goodness, that is quite the haul for Toronto. Johnson is a bit of a risk, but it’s a risk I would gladly have had the Dodgers take. And I think Buehrle has a year or two of mileage left on him as well. Crazy.

      • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

        If I were one of the few Marlins’ fans there are, I’d be really ticked off. First my taxes go to pay for that stadium, and now the team sells off its best assets? Enraged I would be.

        • foul tip

          Agree, Yoda would. ;-])

        • Bumsrap

          With the average attendance being only 27000, the “fans” got the players they deserved, especially with a new stadium.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Dickey wins NL Cy Young, Kershaw second. Link in original post at top.

  • foul tip

    Si.com item on how the Dodgers may spend themselves into a corner. Writer doesn’t seem overly impressed with Ned. Apparently written before the Hunter signing, but the rest holds up. First mention I’ve seen of possible interest in Youk…FWIW

    http://mlb.si.com/2012/11/12/dodgers-payroll-kevin-youkilis-torr-hunter/?sct=mlb_bf2_a4

  • foul tip

    The Cy Youngs went to native Tennesseans from cities only about 30 miles apart–Nashville for Dickey, Murfreesboro for Price. Not surprisingly, this isn’t as big as deal locally as you’d think. If it had been a comparable football award, now that’d be different. Maybe even one in basketball. Baseball isn’t ignored in TN, but it’s certainly not #1, or even #2.

    Also, had to straighten out a local newspaper columnist yesterday. He did a column on Cy Young and credited him with the consecutive scoreless innings streak.

    I was quick to point out that the record in fact belongs to Hershiser, and he broke Drysdale’s mark, and both were Dodgers when the records were set. Did I do good, or what?

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Attaboy!

  • Bob_Hendley

    I am guessing the deal gets done. Boras wants money and Ned has it.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Chad Moriyama picks up some starting pitching speculation about Greinke and Kuroda, relief pitching speculation about Kyuji Fujikawa, and 1B/3B speculation about Kevin Youkilis.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald says ”

    The Dodgers are the favorite to sign Zack Greinke according to an insider. Both
    the Angels and Rangers are said to be “on the outside looking in.”

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#zDXgIyYy3dUGmX9c.99

    I don’t know how a east coast newspaper reporter has the inside for this info but I hope it’s true

    • John_from_Aus

      I agree, I think he would be a nice fit for the Dodgers

  • package206

    It sure seems to me that a lot of the National League is getting nervous about all the possible pickups and trades the Dodgers could be looking at. Like they say “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor and it is better to be rich” I just love it!! Happy days are here again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Hitchcock/1676059435 Jim Hitchcock

    The Marlins are in rebuilding mode. They signed Juan Pierre!

  • foul tip

    Here’s AJ showing off his new catcher gear for the upcoming season…

    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/cutfour/index.jsp#contentId=40367266

  • foul tip

    Link,

    EF comments don’t always seem to load most recent on top, as you’d (at least I’d) think.

    It’s no big deal. But sometimes new ones don’t appear until 3 or 4 down (like today), meaning some people may miss them if, like me, they think new ones will be up top and they’ve already read everything below.

    Feel free to delete if you want since this is kind of a housekeeping thing. Couldn’t find e-mail for you and didn’t want to post on an unrelated blog, so here ’tis. Fix?

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      I’m pretty sure that depends on whether it’s a new comment or a reply to an older one. This one, for example, will show up below your 3-hour-old one, even though it’s written at 1:45pm. Yours was written at or about 10:38am Hawai’i time.

  • foul tip

    Also, best wishes on your medical concerns. Didn’t know until I went to the other blog.

    Maybe by the time you see this the operation will be over and have been a resounding success. Certainly hope so! May you get only good news from here on!

    • dalegribel

      Yeah, me too. Praying for only the best for you.

  • dalegribel

    Old friend (or almost friend) Trayvon Robinson moved by Seattle to Baltimore for Robert Andino. Sure was a lot of outrage when the Dodgers moved him, but looks like perhaps the organization knew a little more than the fans. Then again, he is still young.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    This comment is new, not a reply to another, so it should appear at the top of the comment stream.

    Thanks for the good wishes, folks. I had an overnight stay after the surgery, but they let me out at 10:00am today. They seem to think it will be positive, but they won’t know till lab results are done. I have a follow-up appointment next Tuesday.

    Oh, my e-mail address? It’s down on the right sidebar in the next-to-the-last section.

  • package206

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!