Nick (LA): Are there any teams out there that are actually interested in making a trade for the Dodgers' minor league players rather than the heart of their order? Every time I hear a trade proposal, it's for major leaguers like Matt Kemp and James Loney yet teams like the Diamondbacks get to trade 6 minor leaguers (mostly A-ballers) for Dan Haren after Beane tried to extort us. It's not like the Dodgers don't have minor leaguers. They could've easily matched that Haren offer with guys like Chin-Lung Hu, Tony Abreu, Clayton Kershaw and James McDonald. But of course, nobody wants those guys...they want the middle of our order and the top of our pitching staff (i.e. Kemp, Loney and Billingsley). Do teams think they can take advantage of our GM or something? Why do they ask for the moon from us and then turn around and take a far lesser package in return? Beane reportedly wanted Kemp, Loney, Billingsley and Broxton for Haren. If that's true, that would be 1,000x as much as he got from the D-Backs.
SportsNation John Manuel: Nick, glad you had a chance to vent. My two cents: Yes, teams do think that Ned Colletti will bail on young players much as he was taught to do by his Jedi master, Brian Sabean. Why not ask for the moon? The worst that can happen is someone says no, and you hope you get a counter-offer. Hu and Abreu and McDonald are good prospects, but not sure things. But I agree, I'd rather have those 4 than what Arizona offered, but was that offer on the table? No way to know for sure.