Ermias (CA): Hey Jim, I just have a general question about how teams value free agents compared to draft picks. Do teams put more value into even low level free agents then they do in potential draft picks? For example the Dodgers will pay a combined $1.4 million in salary to Mark Sweeney and Gary Bennett who were both free agents. That was the same amount that Alex White demanded in order to buy him out of his college commitment. So do teams just consider the potential superstar high pitcher so big of a risk that they'd rather spend the money on mediocre talent?
SportsNation Jim Callis: (2:01 PM ET ) It's crazy to operate that way, but teams do. Most would rather know what they're getting than gamble on projecting a guy down the road. There's risk with a guy like White, and teams are leery of spending seven figures on a guy who might not make it. (Just using White as an example--he's going to be pretty good.) But if White became as good as he should, the Dodgers potentially would save tens of millions of dollars between what they'd have to pay him over the first six years of his career and his actual worth. You hit on one Alex White, and it's worth missing on several other players. So there's no reason not to put your money where your scouting acumen is.
Ryan (LA, CA): Where on the moron sclae (1-10) would Frank McCourt rate if he lets Logan White leave to be the GM somewhere else while Ned Colletti stays on in LA?
SportsNation Jim Callis: (2:02 PM ET ) That would be a disastrous decision. Still can't believe the Astros hired Ed Wade over White, reportedly because Wade's experience would allow them to contend quicker.
Rich (Sikeston, MO): Hi Jim. Now that we've seen a little bit of what Blake DeWitt can do at the ML level (see May) before struggling this month, do you have a better read on what he might be able to do at the top level? Do you think he can be a guy that hits close to .300 with 20-25 HR power and a good glove at 3B? Or can he switch back to 2B? Thanks
SportsNation Jim Callis: (2:22 PM ET ) I do like the bat, not sure I buy quite tha much power. He's going to have to be a third baseman.