Baseball America chat wrap
Jerry (Albany): Jim Jonathan Broxton and Andre Ethier for Adam Dunn- a good trade for both teams?
SportsNation Jim Callis: Lots of trade questions, so I'll stick with these for a while. I like that more from LA's end. I'm not the biggest Ethier fan, and I don't think that's enough for a guy who's going to hit 40 HR and draw a bunch of walks.Ryan (PA): Hey Jim, what are your thoughts on the rumor that the Dodger might trade Kemp, LaRoche and Kershaw for Miggy? Miggy is a huge bat but dont you think that is to much to give up? Especially with Kershaw?
SportsNation Jim Callis: I wouldn't do that from LA's standpoint and I have a hard time seeing Frank McCourt signing off on giving up that much young talent and paying Cabrera. Play LaRoche at third base, don't dare let go of Kershaw and spend the Miggy money elsewhere.eff (LA): Kennedy or Billingsley?
SportsNation Jim Callis: Billingsley.John (Dallas): Better season next year Loney or Kemp?
SportsNation Jim Callis: Loney.greg (toronto): Kershaw or McGee (and why)? Snider or Laroche?
SportsNation Jim Callis: Kershaw, slightly better stuff. Snider, gut feel that the bat will be better.Justin (NY): What current minor leaguer will win a Cy Young one day? You know somebody will.
SportsNation Jim Callis: Kershaw.
Anyone else see the Angels signing Torii Hunter as a precursor to them pulling the trigger on the Miguel Cabrera deal? Certainly allows them to part with an outfielder...perhaps Willits. Maybe even allow them to part with Kotchman and move someone like GA to first base??? Hmmm!
It gives me the feeling the Dodgers lost some footing if they are really trying to get Miggy.
I'm not a big Blalock fan, his numbers have been getting worse and while he showed some resurgance last season he got hurt again. No point in acquiring damaged goods. You say we can continue to let LaRoche develop. There's no reason for that, LaRoche is ready now. It's time to throw him in the deep end to see if he can sink or swim.
As far as moving him to second, there's no chance of that happening. He's not a bad 3B but he's not a great one either. There's no way he can play 2B at the major league level. To give some perspective, the Rockies are thinking about switching top 3B prospect Ian Stewart to 2B. Stewart is considered very solid with the glove and most in baseball believe it'll be a tough switch for him.
I don't think Delwyn Young has played 2B in the last 2 years. The guy is basically a corner OF now. No chance of him playing second. The heir apparent as of now is Tony Abreu. I'm not as high on Abreu as I am some of our other prospects but I'm fine with him being our 2B of the future. No reason to move Young back to second at the expense of Abreu.Originally Posted by encinododgerfan
As for moving Andy to 2B...I think I read somewhere that he was a natural 2B, but the Dodgers moved him to third when they drafted him. Just a thought.
And you're right about D. Young. He's been in the outfield the last couple seasons, but the Dodgers still played him a couple games at 2B last season. It's his natural position and shouldn't be to hard to move him back there.
I'm sure you're right about Abreu being the next 2B, but I'd rather see the Dodgers use Abreu as a trade chip...and they have some flexibility at 2B. The outfield is a bit crowded, and I'd hate to see Kemp, Ethier or Young gone.
Did they? I looked it up at every game he started in he was in the OF. They moved him off second for a reason, probably had to do with the fact he wasn't very good at 2nd. His bat has some pop in it, if he was even an average defender at 2nd they probably wouldn't have let them there. THe move to the OF tells me that he was pretty bad in the infield.Originally Posted by encinododgerfan
I'm not at all worried about losing Young. Like I said above he seems to have some nice pop in his bat but he's 26 already and hasn't really made a major impact in the show. He could be a late bloomer but I don't really expect him to become a bonafide major league starter. And he's a corner OF not a hard position to fill. I wouldn't be too worried about losing him, he doesn't have much value anyways so he probably won't be traded.Originally Posted by encinododgerfan
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