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I have a lot of work to do today — compile offseason rankings, work on some Excel files, do some minor back-end site upkeep — so I don’t have much time for an intro. I’ve spent too much time rambling already!
Question 42 in our top 100 offseason questions asks us “Will Andre Ethier be the 30/100 player he was in 2009?”
Ethier is a talented hitter, but if he’s going to reproduce those numbers it’s going to take a gargantuan effort versus right-handed pitchers because, frankly, Ethier sucks against lefties. I prefer charts and graphs to words, so take a look at some of Ethier’s career numbers in a more visual way.
This graph shows the number of at-bats Ethier has had each year versus left-handed pitchers as compared to the league average. For his career Ethier has a .242 average versus LHP while hitting one home run every 52.6 at-bats. Against RHP he’s a career .309 hitter that averages one home run every 23.2 at-bats. It’s very important that Ethier minimizes his at-bats versus LHP
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to a $2 million, two-year contract.
Gwynn appeared in a career-high 136 games at all three outfield positions with the Dodgers last season, his first with the club. The 29-year-old son of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn averaged 0.11 assists per nine innings to lead NL outfielders.
Gwynn Jr. batted .256 and had career highs...
The Dodgers have signed 28-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Jeff Baisley to a minor league deal. Baisley played in 134 games in AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 163 of 538 (.303 avg, .838 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. His lone major league experience came back in 2008 for the A’s. Baisley has played in 14 games in his major league...
29-year old righty reliever/starter Fernando Nieve has signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers. Nieve pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Astros and he was 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and a 2.09 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the Mets. He has pitched in 99 games (19 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-11 with a 4.61 ERA...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced today (December 12th) that they have signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to a two year contract. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he will earn $850k in 2012 and $1.15 million in 2013.
I’ll do analysis later, but he’s basically a replacement level type player. Granted, he’ll be hard pressed to not live up to the contract given playing...
Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reported late on December 14th that the Cubs and Dodgers were both interested in having Coco Crisp play left field for them in 2012.
The revelation is surprising for the Dodgers, as the team already has five outfielders it can start the season with in Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera, Tony Gwynn Jr., and Jerry Sands. Additionally, the team...
Yesterday, on December 12th, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they had re-signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to a two-year deal worth two million dollars.
In 2011, Gwynn hit .256/.308/.353/.660 with the Dodgers, which was actually the second highest OPS of his career. However, his true value was in his defense, where he rates out as a plus defender at all three outfield positions...
The Dodgers have signed 36-year old lefty reliever Alberto Castillo to a minor league deal. Castillo pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Diamondbacks last year and he was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. He has now pitched in 79 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Castillo will have a really good shot of...
Times survey of 20 writers who submitted ballots with the Milwaukee star winning shows that the Dodgers outfielder would win by a large margin if Braun's positive test for a banned substance is upheld on appeal.Ryan Braun is facing a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. He is appealing, but if the positive test is upheld and the Baseball Writers...
Per a tweet from the Dodgers official Twitter account. Dylan Hernandez says the deal is worth $850,000 in 2012 and $1.15M in 2013. Fangraphs seems to think this isn't such a horrible idea, valuing his 2011 contributions at $5.2M.
Mrs. Dusty and I were once again feeling festive, noggy, and non-Grinchy, so we revived our tradition of having a Dodgers tree to celebrate the season. I'm fairly certain Prince Fielder won't fit under this tree, but there's always room for some LHWGs under there and hope for some MSBs in our stockings.
The Dodgers announced the signing of 15 non-roster players with invitations to Major League Spring Training camp on Tuesday.
A judge says Fox Sports may get to question Major League Baseball executive Rob Manfred as it tries to have the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy dismissed.