Found November 14, 2011 on Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle:
It was always top three on my Most Wanted List, and slid up to one after a couple of other White Whales were acquired. It's not a Dodgers card, but it is the True Rookie Card of my favorite pitcher, second favorite Dodger (they're really 1A and 1B), and the man who makes up my second most important PC. So it was a must-have, clearly.I picked it up from a guy who was selling a bunch of them on eBay, and it was a couple of bucks and some change, with free shipping. Which meant it arrived sans penny sleeve. Grrrr. That really grinds my gears. I fully intend to eventually pick up a mint copy (perhaps graded just for the hell of it) and pay more, but for now this is plenty fine in my book, especially for the cheap price I acquired it at.I liked it so much, and it was so cheap, I went back to the well and grabbed another copy for an even better price. From the same guy. He did use a penny sleeve the second time around, so perhaps my feedback suggesting that got through to him. The...

Sources: Kemp, Dodgers working on deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp are in serious discussions that could land the 27-year-old outfielder $160 million over eight years, sources told It would rank as the seventh-largest contract in baseball history. Kemp's sixth season in the majors was his best. He hit .324 with 39 home runs, 126 RBIs and 40 stolen bases in 2011. His .586 slugging percentage...

Los Angeles Dodgers: McCourt’s $160 Million Going Away Gift?

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt (left) and Matt Kemp attend the opening of a new little league field in Compton, CA. Kemp remained silent about reports he was ready to sign an 8 year, $160 million deal with the team. Frank McCourt may have been a terrible owner but he is turning into quite the apologist. Ever since he lost his battle with Bud Selig to retain control of the Dodgers, McCourt...

The Dodgers Are Smart and Stupid at the Same Time, Locking Up Kemp But Adding Ellis

Hooray! The Dodgers are going to sign superstar Matt Kemp to an eight-year, $160 million contract extension!!! Booo!  The Dodgers just gave middle-aged infielder Mark Ellis a two-year deal worth around $9 million!!! Oh, you silly Dodgers, your decision making is so befuddling paradoxical.  How can one team be so smart and yet so stupid at the same time.  I mean that literally...

Dodgers sign Mark Ellis to two-year deal

LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday announced that they have signed second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year contract with a club option for a third year in 2014. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement. Mark brings a veteran presence to our lineup and he knows how to handle the bat, said Colletti. On defense, hes been one of the most dependable second...

Something's Coming

Kemp, Dodgers On Verge Of Eight-Year Extension (MLBTR) Twitter scuttlebutt is that Matt Kemp and Frank McCourt are supposed to attend a 1 p.m. youth field dedication today. Announcement forthcoming?

Kemp wants to stay in L.A., but no new deal yet

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Kemp says he wants to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers but no deal has been reached amid reports that he's close to signing an eight-year, $160 million contract.

Frank McCourt Finally Speaks

Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt speaks publicly for the 1st time since announcing he has agreed to sell the team. McCourt spoke at Mona Park in Compton where the team was dedicating a new Dodgers Dream Field.

Reports: Kemp, Dodgers near $160M deal (AP)

Matt Kemp says he wants to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers but no deal has been reached amid reports that he's close to signing an eight-year, $160 million contract. Kemp said Monday he has not reached an agreement with the Dodgers but would like to spend the rest of his career with the team.

The offseason as a Pirate fan

I wrote this about last weekend's Jamey Carroll Sweepstakes over at the Outside Corner. I'm planning on making my winter posts over there part of a recurring theme: the winter is a rough time to be the fan of any team except for a few of baseball's biggest spenders. 
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