Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 12/6/11

I understand that the bankruptcy stage in Los Angeles is a big prohibitor of why Colletti is doing what he is doing this winter. No matter how much it pains me to see the Dodgers pass up on Prince Fielder. Opportunities to find a franchise first baseman, on the open market, while being at the prime baseball age of 27 just doesn't happen. Colletti was quoted yesterday is his, um, typical fashion of saying this when asked about Fielder yesterday,

"Can we sign Prince for $3 million this year and $30 million the next year?"

Honestly if Colletti could pull this off right now, he totally would. He truly has no concept on how to do this, no clue how to be a GM, and I am sick and tired of his shenanigans. So maybe his hands are truly tied. If that is the case, perhaps Colletti should just stop talking. Stop with the hinting, the innuendos, the attempts of being witty for a moment, and just shut up. He has made countless empty promises, says one thing does another, never has a game plan, and never can make up his mind on what he is doing with this franchise. Top free agents, aging veterans, youth movement, back and forth, side to side, walking in circles. When asked about his approach to this winter, Colletti added these brilliant thoughts,

"This year, because of what lies ahead with ownership ... I'm building the club now to compete, to keep us in the running, and come July we might have a situation to do something else."

Building the club to compete?! Are you kidding me right now? I almost fell off my chair laughing at this bumbling idiot and his ridiculous comments. Seriously, he really needs to start thinking before he speaks. Mark Ellis, Matt Treanor, Juan Rivera, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, Aaron Kennedy, and Jerry Hairston Jr.? Oh yeah he is totally right, that screams to me compete now. Blah blah blah, run your mouth is all you do. Ridiculous.

For all the money Colletti has spent on this compete now mentality this winter, I’m not sure the team is improved enough to win one more game than it's counterpart of 2011. The only thing this team is right now is older, crappier, and more expensive. I've said this countless times already, and I hate to beat a dead horse, but I simply can't help myself. Not counting Harang or James Loney's 2012 salaries, (both remain unclear as of right now) Ned Colletti has spent $14.05MM on the grumpier old men above.

So let me get this straight, let's say on the very conservative side Loney makes $6MM and Harang makes $4.5MM, that puts the total at roughly $24.55MM. Now you mean to tell me you couldn't give a backloaded deal to Fielder that works for both parties? Sure Ned would have to get creative, maybe negotiate a little, but he never tried. With what's left over sign a veteran arm like Harang for the fourth rotation spot, and for the fifth, go with Eovaldi. Replace Rivera with Jerry Sands, Treanor with Tim Federowicz, Ellis with Justin Sellers, Hairston Jr. with Ivan DeJesus Jr., and then let Kennedy stay for his $800K.

The reality is good ol' Ned would've done better had he just sat back, puffed on a cigar, and let the winter pass by. Not only has he wasted the better part of $14MM this winter, the team is no better than when he started, and to top it all off he has burdened the 2013 Dodgers as well with all the frivolous two-year deals he's handed out.

What happened to the youth movement anyway? Last season we saw Nate Eovaldi, Rubby De La Rosa, Scott Elbert, Dana Eveland, Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen, Josh Lindblom, Ivan DeJesus Jr., Dee Gordon, Russ Mitchell, Justin Sellers, and Jerry Sands all get opportunities throughout the season. Some of the guys were significant contributors throughout the season, some were saviors, and some really didn't do a whole lot, but help when called upon. Let these guys play, sure some will stumble, some will probably fail, but I guarantee you the majority of them will thrive. I can also guarantee that they will be healthier, less expensive, and hungrier to win than what Colletti has scraped together this winter.

Mattingly and Colletti took a chance in 2011 for the first time in several years, trusted their young developing players to get the job done, and that is exactly what they did. The Dodgers thrived in the second-half, not because of one single player, it was a team effort, a young team hungry to win, they overcame adversity, adapted, and overcame the odds to have a solid second half. The team was fun to watch, the heart, the excitement the guys played with despite having no shot of making the playoffs. That's what it's all about. Now? Colletti falls back to his old ways because he simply can not change. His mentality is just different, he has shown glimpses of committing the homegrown group over the years, but eventually he goes back to his old ways, gives up on young talent, over-values his players in trades, then under-values them and shows no faith when holes on the roster appear.

Colletti has shown this countless times over the years, by giving up on guys like Jayson Werth, and Joel Hanrahan. He's traded away Carlos Santana, Josh Bell, Edwin Jackson, Cody Ross, Wilson BetemitAndrew Lambo, James McDonald, and Trayvon Robinson. Instead trading for guys like Casey Blake, George Sherrill, Octavio Dotel, and signing guys like Andruw Jones and Jason Schmidt. Wanna venture a guess as to what we have to show for all of those guys? A 24-year old catching prospect, Tim Federowicz, a waste of millions and millions of dollars, and a barren farm system. It's quite sad isn't it? Colletti has no eye for talent, that's plain to see. Having those aforementioned guys around right now would solve a lot of the problems the Dodgers are facing this winter. It's quite shocking I know. I really liked what I saw from Colletti in 2011, minus trading Robinson of course, but really leaps and bounds better decision making was happening. I thought Colletti had turned a new leaf and was really going to commit to some of this young talent he has lying around begging for an opportunity to play. Clearly I was wrong, and all that is left at this point is to fire Ned Colletti as soon as the new ownership arrives. Oh happy day.
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