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Grantland: Jonah Keri on the riches of the Dodgers and the curse that comes along with it.
That, in a nutshell, is The Curse of Plenty. The Dodgers have more money to spend than anyone, without enough top players to go after. They’ve clogged their roster with merely decent talent at multiple positions because their general manager is impulsive and overeager to spend that money without properly gauging the market for the few elite talents out there. One great way to find those top players is to develop them yourself, but the Dodgers have shipped away several strong prospects to make reactionary trades, such as the Gonzalez deal.
This is still likely to be a good team, one that’s in the hunt for a playoff spot. But because of a few shortsighted moves and a market that can’t provide the great players they crave, the Dodgers may well find themselves back in familiar territory next fall: looking up at the Giants, and wondering where it all went wrong.
Been saying for a while now that all...
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While there is still “no real evidence” that the Los Angeles
Dodgers are shopping or making available outfielder Andre Ethier, the Seattle
Mariners are one team that could have interest, according to Jon Heyman of CBS
still no real evidence andre ethier is being shopped, or even available. but #mariners are 1 team that could have interest.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS...
On this, the final 2012 episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (L.A. Dugout) and I talk about the "big" trade that sent John Ely to Houston for Rob Rasmussen. We both like the deal.
We also answer some reader questions, which were excellent this week. Will Brian Wilson (yes, that Brian Wilson) end up with the Dodgers? What's up with Alex Castellanos...