Jon revealed his new employment situation to me over the weekend and asked me if I wanted him to put a pointer in his post to this blog, and I said sure, after I congratulated him on what must be a dream job he never anticipated landing.

So here we all are. The winter meetings are beginning, Matt Kemp’s name may be on the trading block, the Dodgers may or may not be trying to acquire David Price from the Rays, they’ve already gotten Dan Haren on the free agency market, and looming over everything is getting Clayton Kershaw signed to a long-term deal.

Whoops. I forgot. They’ve also added Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra to their TV broadcasting team.

Chat away, Dodgers fans!

  • WBBsAs

    Well, I’ll start it off even though it’s almost my bedtime in Santiago de Chile. Ideal baseball weather here today, too bad it’s soccer country.

  • John_from_Aus

    roll call: Here!

    • RBI

      Here, here!

      • PismoBruce

        I suppose a here here here would be in order

  • davealden53

    I’ll miss Dodger Thoughts, but am hopeful that this will become my new Dodger go-to spot..

    • davealden53

      Hey, I like this place already. I couldn’t get my comments to post on Dodger Thoughts for months.

      • Same commenting system. I can’t explain that.

        • davealden53

          Yeah, when I saw it was Disqus, I figured my aging computer was still out of luck. But it worked just fine. Technology can sometimes surprise.

  • DodgerNole66

    Greetings from frozen Missouri.

    • John_from_Aus

      greetings from hot Australia 🙂

  • 4d3fect

    Things are going swimmingly off the field. Can’t wait to see what the new channel will look like. A bit apprehensive about the money issue, i. e. how much they’ll try to extract from subscribers’ wallets.

    • I’m worried about the network’s reach. Will it be part of basic cable out here in Hawai’i? Will it get added to a premium lineup I already have? Will Time Warner Oceanic Cable look at its content and decline to carry it?

      I’m like the little dog in the Traveler’s Insurance ads: Worry worry worry . . .”

      • Bob_Hendley

        Getting Link connected would be a sweep! (No more moaning from Hawai’i).

        • You forgot “at the same price Prime Ticket costs now.” 😉

          Which is “part of the digital basic cable lineup,” so “not premium.”

      • 4d3fect

        And, yes, the various carriage issues. When Lakers started their channel, various providers up here (California Central Coast ) simply didn’t carry it at first. And being on Dish as I am (gawd, wotta mistake for a sports fan) probably looking at being a disposable chip in the poker game between them and any new sports network.

  • RBI

    Glad I saved you on my bookmark menu!

  • package206

    OK, Linkmeister, will the dodgers get Price?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Jon now knows, but he ain’t tellin’!

      • Oh, hmm. That IS a drawback to his new job as far as we general fans are concerned, isn’t it? Break out the thumbscrews!

  • dalegribel

    Glad to know you’re here to pick up the pieces (again, though under better circumstances) 🙂
    Great point on the new network. Now sure if Vegas will be packaged in, though I’m guessing we will at some point. Any news from anyone would be appreciated.

  • foul tip

    Dodgers now say not moving Kemp. Good. The team has endured his injuries and should stay the course to see if he can come back to be at least somewhere near the player he was. Trading him and seeing that happen elsewhere would be idiotic.

    A lot of speculation is bc writers have to have something to write. But think about it. Most GMs are not idiots. Why would one trade the level of players it would take to get Kemp without knowing if he’s healthy? Which won’t be known until spring, at the soonest. Plus, trading him now would be selling low by the Dodgers. Not to mention that the team needs all the offense it can muster, so its 5-tool players should be dealt VERY carefully–IF at all.

    But just in a theoretical sense, the Sporting News offered an interesting idea: Kemp for Price.

    “A rotation with Price, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren would be an incredible force to be reckoned with, even if Los Angeles still does not have a third baseman on the roster. They could bring back Don Zimmer and still be fine.”

  • foul tip

    From the “oops” dept.,the “trials and tribulations of free agency” dept., or the “so much for that negotiating strategy” dept.–

    Bronson Arroyo, RHP, Free Agent

    One day after Arroyo’s agent said he was expecting an offer from the Reds, the Reds said they expected Arroyo to sign elsewhere.