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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolvie View Post
    Heh, no stupid trades, but stupid signings are almost a given!
    I took a look at the impending free agent class and apart from a few guys, this class is terrible. A-Rod, Hunter, and Jones will make the most money. Rowand is probably at the head of the second tier, but after that there's isn't much as far as position players.

    There's Abreu and Adam Dunn, but both guys are FAs only if their options aren't exercised. I think Dunn's is a given. I'm not sure if Abreu is a lock because the Yanks will want as much capital as possible to lock up A-Rod.

    Pitching is pretty weak as well. Some big names like Schilling and Colon but both guys aren't having the best seasons. Plus they have been getting hurt quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolvie View Post
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    The team's going to look strikingly similar on paper.
    Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Of course we all want A-Rod on the team but I'm not going to hold my breath on that one.

    You figure we'll have full seasons from Kemp and Loney and full season in the rotation from Billingsley.

    If our pitching stays solid(no reason to think it won't). And we get something out of Jason Schmidt, I think we're still in good shape.

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    I don't mind the team on paper... except I hate the fact that we have all these creaky vets on huge contracts. The kids will likely continue to progress. That nucleus is amazing - Loney, Martin, Kemp, Ethier, Billingsley, Broxton. If LaRoche can stay healthy, if Meloan is as good as he sounds, that's two more for next season. I'm less worried about sophomore slumps and more worried about gimpy pitchers, aging infield power hitters, and one overpaid shortstop.

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    Well what can I say, you can technically call it a winning season.

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    Even though the season is lost, It's nice to see the Dodgers stick it to the Gnats.

    and Gonzo pretty much said he will not be a Dodger next year on the post game show and you can hear the tension in his voice during the interview. **** him bring on the kids!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mashiasu View Post
    Even though the season is lost, It's nice to see the Dodgers stick it to the Gnats.

    and Gonzo pretty much said he will not be a Dodger next year on the post game show and you can hear the tension in his voice during the interview. **** him bring on the kids!!!
    as much as i disliked what happened with the season at least Gonzo was respectful and didn't tear into the management. What happened this season wasn't due to the players on the field. Management signed the old vets not realizing how advanced some of the rookies causing a rift in the clubhouse. If anything lesson learned and hopefully next year will be a tad different. just a bit more than 7 months left to opening day! until then GO UCLA Football and Basketball! And GO KINGS GO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexSeren View Post
    as much as i disliked what happened with the season at least Gonzo was respectful and didn't tear into the management. What happened this season wasn't due to the players on the field. Management signed the old vets not realizing how advanced some of the rookies causing a rift in the clubhouse. If anything lesson learned and hopefully next year will be a tad different. just a bit more than 7 months left to opening day! until then GO UCLA Football and Basketball! And GO KINGS GO!
    Well I actually agree that Gonzo has been professional all this year, it just seemed in his interview he had issues with management and the kids and it sort of seeped out, professional or not he is a human being so I understand his situation, That being said play the kids and bring a better attitude to the clubhouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolvie View Post
    I'm less worried about sophomore slumps and more worried about gimpy pitchers, aging infield power hitters, and one overpaid shortstop.
    I feel the same way. Although with Furcal, if he's healthy I think he'll be fine. Reports are that he's basically played this entire season with a bum ankle. I think he'll be fine, won't it be his contract year too? That bodes well for us.

    Kent you have to worry about. I'm not sure how good 40 year old second basemen are but I don't think there's a great track record. I still think he can be a productive bat, but he should be batting 5th or 6th nowadays. His range is going to get worse, but if you can get 85+ RBI's out of second base that is a plus.

    I think a lot of people will be calling to get rid of him. He doesn't seem like the greatest clubhouse guy, but I'm not sold on Abreu.

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    LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said Sunday that general manager Ned Colletti and field manager Grady Little would return for the 2008 season.

    McCourt, expressing disappointment with the club's fourth-place finish for the second time in the last three years, nonetheless said the youth movement on the field will continue.

    "The future is very bright," he said before Sunday's season finale with the Giants. "We have a core group, a nucleus, a foundation. You need to have a plan and stick with it. Now is the time to stick with the plan and not be impulsive. We're getting closer."

    McCourt said Colletti and Little "share the values and share the goals" of restoring the franchise's winning culture through "trust, respect, unselfishness, teamwork." He called the 2007 season "a missed opportunity," but not a sign that the strategy is flawed.

    "I'm very optimistic and confident about the future and very resolute that we're on the right track," he said. "We've put a foundation in place that will serve the organization well for years to come. We're building an organization that stands for something. It's not me sitting here with rhetoric."

    Addressing clubhouse turmoil in general and second baseman Jeff Kent's comments in particular, McCourt said:

    "I never think it's a good idea to take private matters and bring them outside. But I also understand the frustration. Everybody wants to win."

    Until Sunday, McCourt had been silent on the club's on-the-field deterioration in his fourth season at the helm. He said meetings would soon be held with his management team to address problems.

    "We need to do better," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if there are changes. We will get together in a week to reflect on what went right and what went wrong and address those things we can be better at and do better at."

    He said the organization will continue investing in the scouting and development department, but is willing to spend money for the right players. The club payroll this year was around $120 million, highest in the division.

    "If you can guarantee me that we'll cut payroll and win, I'll cut payroll," he said. "If you can guarantee me that we'll increase payroll and win, we'll increase. When you look at the teams ahead of us and look at the payrolls, there's not a correlation."

    McCourt said the club will spend $70 million to $80 million on the upcoming renovation phase of Dodger Stadium to upgrade the concessions and concourses and that he "expected [ticket] prices will go up," but they haven't been finalized.

    Addressing the signing of free-agent pitcher Jason Schmidt, who won only one game before requiring season-ending shoulder surgery, McCourt said:

    "If we had been cavalier and didn't do due diligence, shame on us. All of the due diligence was done. It was a decision Ned made and I supported and it didn't work out. This team will benefit from that signing."

    Sunday's lineup: Little went with the young lineup for the season finale, with 30-year-old Juan Pierre the oldest Dodgers starter and six of the nine having spent some time this year at Triple-A Las Vegas.
    Yay! Ticket prices go up after a miserable season!
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