This is a complete list of every signing and release from Dodgers GM Ned Colletti through September 1, 2012. This is the most complete and accurate list of signings and releases on the web.
Colletti became the 10th General Manager in Los Angeles Dodgers history and the 5th General Manager for the team in the past 8 years when he was hired prior to the start of the 2006 season. He came in replacing Paul DePodesta, when he was fired after a very disappointing 2005 season. His first job with the team was to hire a new manager, which he did by hiring Grady Little.
October of 2007 Grady Little resigned as manager, Colletti’s next manager would be none other than the legendary Joe Torre. Torre and Colletti together helped lead the Dodgers to two straight NL West championships, and two back to back appearances against the Phillies in the NLCS. The Dodgers finished the 2010 season with a record of 80-82, a complete disappointment with Joe Torre as manager, a payroll of $102MM, and a wide variety of talent. Torre took a large part of the blame for the Dodgers 2010 downfall, and shortly before the conclusion of the 2010 season Torre announced his retirement. His successor would be his long time protegé Don Mattingly, and so it began, a new era for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers of 2011 barely put together a winning season, going 82-79, finishing 11.5 games out of first place. A season filled with Frank McCourt and all of his reality series drama led to a very frustrating season for fans. From the brutally public divorce, the embarrassing battle with Bud Selig, the bankruptcy, and his eventual agreement to sell the team. The Dodgers were plagued with all sorts of misfortune in 2011. There were a few bright spots for the Dodgers though, the MVP caliber season turned in by Matt Kemp, and watching Clayton Kershaw dominate the National League, and eventually win his first Cy Young. Perhaps the brightest spots though was the way Colletti and Mattingly committed to the youth of the franchise. Going with players like Justin Sellers, Jerry Sands, Nate Eovaldi, and Javy Guerra. The Dodgers found a ton of success in the second half going 41-28 after the All-Star break. But the season was considered a huge disappointment as the Dodgers failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. To make matters worse the Dodgers had one of the highest payrolls in baseball at a whopping $119MM.
The winter of 2011 Colletti reverted right back to his old tricks by bringing back Juan Rivera, and adding veterans like Aaron Harang, Matt Treanor, Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy, and Jerry Hairston Jr. The Dodgers were looking for inexpensive solutions to plug several holes on the roster and the dynamic duo of McCourt and Colletti failed to believe in their young talent. Instead of going with youngsters Nate Eovaldi and John Ely, Colletti opted to sign Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang. Those two combine to make $22MM over the next two years. Capuano has worked out pretty well for the Dodgers, Harang on the other-hand has been a mixed bag. After committing another $47.6MM to the Dodgers payroll, fans were left with another disappointing winter from Ned Colletti. Of course McCourt and Colletti had one final hurrah before the eventual departure of Frank McCourt, an eight-year, $160MM extension to Matt Kemp. The biggest financial commitment ever by the Dodgers, a deal that had to be done, and Colletti was by far a big proponent, and an even bigger factor in the deal getting done.
On March 26, 2012 the Dodgers were purchased by Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, and Guggenheim Baseball for a record-setting $2.2BB. It officially began a new era for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and with Colletti’s history as GM for the Dodgers having mixed reviews to say the least, most fans and insiders believed Colletti would be sent packing. Immediately upon the new ownership group’s arrival, they made it very clear Colletti will be given a chance to really manage this franchise. Something that for the last 5 months Colletti has done very well. Colletti’s first big order of business in the Guggenheim era was extending Andre Ethier to a five-year $85MM deal. It’s impossible to ignore everything that Colletti has done to the Dodgers during the McCourt era, but with the new owners around it’s also hard to argue that Colletti is solely to blame. You will see once you dive in that Colletti has made a few good signings. But the far more of the majority has been one bad baseball decision after another. Millions upon millions wasted in free agency. This winter will be Colletti’s first, real true test, without McCourt around to point the finger at, I guess we will know once we see the roster on Opening Day 2013.
For now take a look at the complete history of all the signings and releases done by Ned Colletti. Post your thoughts in the comment section.
Ned Colletti Transaction History: Signings and Releases
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