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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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Giants Struggle, Dodgers Dominate

8 May

Monday night the San Francisco Giants had their asses handed to them by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-1. The game was so painful that my friend who is a die-hard Giants fan asked me to turn off the television. It was so bad that you would have thought the Giants had never played baseball before. Literally they couldn’t even keep their gloves on.

The night had started out badly when the Giants were told that reliever, Guillermo Mota, had tested positive for drugs and would be banned for 100 games. This is not the first time that Mota has been banned for drug use, he missed 50 games with the Mets back in 2006. Mota’s drug of choice is clenbuterol. Adam Katz, Mota’s agent, thinks it is a little extreme that he was banned for 100 games for using a less extreme steroid children’s cough medicine. If you are wondering why a grown man would be taking a children’s cough medicine it is because the drug also causes increased metabolism and anaerobic capacity. It is the same drug that caused Spanish cyclist, Alberto Contador, be stripped of his win in the Tour de France in 2010.

The Giants had already lost star hitter, Pablo Sandoval, who is out for 4-6 weeks for hand surgery. It is so bad that they had to bring in outfielder, Aubrey Huff, who hasn’t been playing due to a panic attack disorder.

Something needs to change soon for the Giants . . . maybe a new coach.

-M