Supposedly he's on a short leash, so we can only hope...
Supposedly he's on a short leash, so we can only hope...
There's a steady hand at the helm of your ship. A hand that wears a cowboy hat. A hand that also wears snakeskin boots. Ned's hand.
What's that? You just traded a 22-year-old catcher with a .994 OPS in 2008 and a pitcher with 335 strikeouts in 262.2 minor league innings for a defensively challenged third baseman with a career 106 OPS+ who turns 35 in a month?
And he's a two-month rental?
Relax -- there are good reasons for this. Excellent reasons. Reasons like -- Ned, you want to take this one?
"Casey Blake is a gamer," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.
See? Don't you feel better now? What, you need more? Ned's got more.
"I think we improved the club," Colletti said. "Blake's a grinder with great character, a passionate player."
That's not all, Dodger fans. In addition to the privilege of trading away two talented prospects, you'll get the added benefit of continuing to block the progress of Andy LaRoche, who's racked up an .898 OPS in 1796 minor league at bats, has been heralded as a top prospect for what seems like hundreds of years now, was projected by PECOTA to OPS something like .850, and yet can't seem to ever be good enough to play in more than a handful of games in a row for the Dodgers. Ever. (LaRoche, by the way, has awful numbers in the majors this year, but he's been incredibly hit-unlucky (BABIP of .200) and he's walked more than he's struck out. Plus -- dude. The guy has gotten all of 59 at bats. Angel Berroa has gotten 89 at bats for Joe Torre's TerribleVetSquad already.)
It's not like Carlos Santana and Jonathan Meloan are sure things. Santana is kind of old to be in High A (and he's in the hitter-friendly Cal League), and Meloan has been terrible as a starter (though he should be a reliever anyway). But we're talking about giving them away for two hundred-some-odd at bats of Casey Blake. .336 career OBP Casey Blake. Bad defender in an already defensively suspect Dodger infield Casey Blake. Gamer Casey Blake. Grinder Casey Blake. Beardy Casey Blake. Casey Beard.
So yeah, I guess if I had to give this trade a grade, I would give it an A-. The only reason there's a minus is: there now appears to be a gamer surplus in the Dodger clubhouse. What happens when a team attains such a dangerously high gaminess quotient? Will Juan Pierre grow a thick, Baron Davis-style beard to prove that he's more of a gamer than Blake? What if Jeff Kent shoots himself in the foot with a crossbow just so he can play through the pain of a crossbow wound and be hailed as the gamiest Dodger of all? What if Nomar turns himself into a 5'6" white guy, and then Broxton transforms himself into Brett Favre in retaliation, and then Hong-Chih Kuo tops them all by becoming the ultimate gamer: a 5'6" Brett Favre?
I think the answer to all of these questions is: the Dodgers and their fans win, that's what happens. Casey Blake is the key to the World Series. Ned, you're a genius.
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Bullets are cheap. Life is priceless.
Can someone put together a comparison of Depo's moves and Colleti's?
Here are Depodesta's trades. I took deleted the commentary
Depodesta's signings/re-signings (Not sure if this is a complete list but it is pretty extensive.
One Busy Off-Season
1: Traded Jason Frasor to Toronto in exchange for Jayson Werth
2: Traded Steve Colyer to Detroit for Cody Ross
3: Traded Andrew Brown and Franklin Gutierrez to Cleveland for Milton Bradley
4: Traded Jolbert Cabrera to Seattle for Aaron Looper and Ryan Ketchner
* Traded Aaron Looper to Seattle for Glenn Bott
5: Traded Jason Romano to Tampa Bay in exchange for Antonio Perez
6: Traded Rick White to Cleveland in exchange for minor leaguer Trey Dyson
7: Traded Tanyon Sturtze to the Yankees for Brian Myrow
Trade Deadline Fun
8: Traded Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota and Juan Encarnacion to Florida for Hee Seop Choi, Brad Penny and minor leaguer Bill Murphy
9: Traded Koyie Hill, Reggie Abercombie and minor leaguer Bill Murphy to Arizona for Steve Finley and Brent Mayne
10: Traded Tom Martin to Atlanta, Received minor leaguer Matt Merricks
11: Traded Dave Roberts to the Red Sox, Received minor leaguer Henri Stanley
...and some August fun
12: Traded minor leaguer Elvin Nina to Kansas City for Mike Venafro
13: Traded minor leaguer Tony Socarras to the Mets for Tom Wilson…
14: Traded minor leaguer Jereme Milons to the D'backs for Elmer Dessens
The last off-season:
15: Traded Shawn Green and $10 million to Arizona in exchange for Dioner Navarro, Beltran Perez and minor leaguers Danny Muegge and William Juarez
16: Traded Kaz Ishii to the Mets for Jason Phillips
Move: Re-signed Brad Penny back in June to a 3-year $25 million contract with a team option for a fourth year.
Move: Sign Milton Bradley in January to a one year deal for $2.5 million plus incentives.
Move: Sign Eric Gagne - to a 2-year $18 million deal with a $12 million option for 2007.
Move: Sign JD Drew to 5-year $55 million contract.
Move: Sign Derek Lowe to a 4-year $36 million contract.
Move: Sign Jeff Kent to 2-year $17 million deal.
Move: Sign Elmer Dressens to one-year $1.5 million contract with team option.
Transaction-Grady Little is tabbed as the new manager.
Transaction-Rafael Furcal signs a 3-year, 39 million dollar contract.
Transaction-Signed Olmedo Saenz to a 2-year, 2 million dollar deal.
Transaction-Traded Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez to the Oakland Athletics for Andre Ethier.
Transaction-Signed Bill Mueller to a 2-year 10 million dollar deal.
Transaction-Nomar Garciaparra signs a 1-year, 8 million dollar contract.
Transaction-Kenny Lofton agrees to a 1-year, 4 million dollar contract.
Transaction-Signed Brett Tomko to a 2-year, 9 million dollar contract.
**Traded Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll to the Mets for Jae Seo and Tim Hamulack; Traded Jae Seo and Dioner Navarro to the Devil Rays for Mark Hendrickson and Toby Hall. .
**Traded Edwin Jackson to the Devil Rays for Danys Baez and Lance Carter.
**Signed Takashi Saito to a minor-league contract
**Traded Odalis Perez, Blake Johnson, Julio Pimentel, and cash to the Royals for Elmer Dessens.
**Traded Cesar Izturis to the Cubs for Greg Maddux; traded Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedroza to the Devil Rays for Julio Lugo.
**Signed Juan Pierre to a five-year contract.
**Signed Jason Schmidt to a three-year contract.
**Traded Wilson Betemit to the Yankees for Scott Proctor.
**Traded a player to be named later to the Giants for Mark Sweeney.
**Designated Brett Tomko for assignment
**Claimed Esteban Loaiza off waivers from the A’s.
**Hired Joe Torre.
**Signed Andruw Jones to a two-year deal.
**Designated Esteban Loaiza for assignment.