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Are the Dodgers Making a Big Expensive Mistake?

25 Aug

One of the biggest trades in MLB history happened Friday between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox are sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, infielder Nick Punto and outfield Carl Crawford in exchange for first baseman James Loney, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, middle infielder Ivan De Jesus and left fielder Jerry Sands. The Sox also added on $12 million dollars to sweeten the deal.

So who is winning in this massive trade? The Sox are definitely winning. By trading all these players they freed up a quarter of a billion dollars in payroll. It also got rid of a lot of upset players who were not so happy with new manager Bobby Valentine. So instead of fight through it they decided just to trade them. The Sox couldn’t get in worse they are already in last place in AL East so why not make a change?

The Dodgers fate is still unclear. Right now the Dodgers(under new ownership including Magic Johnson) are three games away from first place behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. And there is nothing more than a winning team to make new owners happy. A winning team is exactly what the new Dodger owners need to make sure they make their money back in television deals. No one is going to pay big bucks to broadcast a team that sucks. So the Dodgers are hoping the veterans can help them not only play better but establish a new brand.

-M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Update: Howard is Going to Lakers

9 Aug

According to ESPN.com it has been confirmed that the four-way trade for Dwight Howard is going forward. In the deal Howard would be going to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Orlando Magic will get Arron Afflalo(Nuggets), Al Harrington (Nuggets), Nikola Vucevic (76ers) and one protected future first-round pick from the Lakers, Nuggets, and 76ers. The Denver Nuggets will get Andre Iguodala from the Philadelphia 76ers. Then the 76ers will get Andrew Bynum(Laker) and Jason Richardson(Magic).

This means that Pau Gasol will be staying with the Lakers despite originally being rumored to be part of this trade. Apparently Kobe Bryant is on my side and was happy that Gasol will be staying. Howard is still not ready to sign an extension with the Laker preferring to become a free-agent next year. But alas if the Lakers can’t convince him to stay then I’m sure the endorsement dollars will. Bynum is also not willing to sign an extension with the 76ers but that might change.

So who is winning in this deal? The Lakers are definitely winning with Howard they have a real shot at the Championship next year. Now if they could just get rid of coach Mike Brown my Laker fantasy would be complete. It is still debatable how this trade will work out for the 76ers. Iguodala was a great player that could have done more if a team was built around him. But Bynum may give the 76ers the inside presence that they need. The Nuggets are definitely doing good getting Iguodala but not sure why they needed to throw in a draft pick after giving up two players.

The real loser in this deal is the Magic. I don’t know what the Magic management was thinking but maybe they know something we don’t about potential recruits. At least Magic fans can celebrate that they don’t have to hear anymore about Howard.

-M