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20 Days of Thinking Blue: Third Base Depth at a Premium

The countdown has begun, kids. Opening Night (well, American Opening Night) is fast approaching as the Dodgers take on the Padres down in San Diego on March 30th. Leading up until then, MAMBINO will tackle 20 of the most important–and some not so important–questions that will get you set up for a season of almost unparalleled expectations. Let’s get it going:
Is anyone else worried about the lack of depth at third base? Uribe and then…?
In a word, yes. Very.
Juan Uribe was more or less the Dodgers’ only option this offseason at the hot corner, as scary as that sounds. Faced with no other alternatives besides Michael Young (who decided to retire after the Dodgers signed Uribe, giving you an idea of where he was skill-wise) and giving up a ransom in prospects for players like Chase Headley, LA re-signed their incumbent three-bagger to a two year, $15 million dollar deal. To a fan with any long-term memory beyond the 2013 season, it’s damn near unfathomable to believe that Uribe was at all a palatable signing. Before this past year in which he redeemed himself with fantastic defense and a very serviceable .769 OPS, Juan had been one of the worst everyday players in baseball. In the first two seasons of his three-year, $21 million dollar contract, he only played in 143 games combined, batting .199 with a .552 OPS and just 6 homers. He was benched for long periods because of his complete ineffectiveness, perhaps as a mere salve to get the fans to stop booing him. Out of sight, out of mind, right?… Read more...

What lies ahead for the Dodgers this offseason?

To date, I still haven’t watched Game 6 of the NLCS. Clayton getting hammered along with the Satan’s Redbirds celebrating in front of their faces isn’t anything I’m tempted to see. Still, as a lifelong Dodgers fan, I still feel compelled to feel the deep, searing pain that my brethren felt that night, like a case of viral meningitis to my Dodger Blue spine.
But thus far, I’ve left that noose on my DVR for another day. I’ve been instead looking towards this offseason, hoping that the Guggenheim Group’s second offseason as owners of the Dodgers can put them one step closer to a title—hell, at this point, I’ll be happy with a mere pennant. After all, I haven’t seen the Dodgers win one since I was four years old.
LA went into the winter with remarkably few holes. As I noted in my hazy post-mortem piece days after Michael Wacha threw a curveball into my soul, the most frustrating part of the Dodgers’s playoff run was that aside from being luckier, there wasn’t much the team could do to improve upon last year’s team. Without an errant Joe Kelly fastball to Hanley’s ribs, a better bounce off the Busch Stadium outfield and one key pinch running substitution, the Dodgers could very well have gone to the World Series. My bleeding blue heart, it seems, was the victim of a luck.
That being said, there aren’t a lot of ways GM Ned Colletti could improve on this team. Many incumbents are staying put, and further salary commitments have finished nailing down most starting roles: first base, shortstop, catcher, all three outfield positions, closer and three starting pitching slots.… Read more...