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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Beltre to Seattle

And all Dodger fans let out a collective scream of frustration, alongside a groan of deflation.


  • At 11:09 AM, Blogger Tyler said…

    Is anyone really surprised by this? Maybe the Jeff Kent move gave people some hope. Of course I wonder what he's thinking now. Glad I'm not a Dodger fan.

  • At 6:20 PM, Blogger work said…

    Well, i was somewhat blindsided that it happened so quickly, and Seattle was a team that wasn't on my radar. Had prepared for the possibility of life without Beltre, and the Kent deal had been talked about some in that light, but i still didn't think that this would happen as it did (figured that Boras would wait until January, and getting the Beltran deal done, before Beltre signed anywhere.)

    And don't get me started on the Green/Penny/Brazoban trade that lands the Yankees Randy Johnson and brings Vasquez to LA, alongside two prospects (albeit good players) who would go a long way towards filling the 3B and C 2007, holes that weren't there six months ago. At that point, we had Beltre and LoDuca, then careerlong Dodgers, now gone, along with Mota and his stud replacement in Brazoban. Net result? Three starts from Brad Penny, three years (hopefully heavily subsidized) of Javier Vasquez, and Hee Seop Choi. (Yes, DePo also got two great months of Steve Finley, but that deal was somewhat separate, and I'm still curious as to why we didn't offer him arbitration and get draft compensation, a favorite A's strategy which I assumed DePo had learned while there.)

    Maybe i should do a piece summing up the moves of the last six months. Maybe i should wait and see if they've got something lined up. Maybe JD Drew'll come to LA to play right field, Matt Clement will consider moving north of Orange County, and management finds other effective ways to use the funds that they'd be paying Green and Beltre. That'd be great, but in the interim, there's much deflation within the dodger fanbase.

  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger work said…

    Well, Clement went north.
    Way north.

    And here's the latest from the NY Times on the Johnson/Green/Vasquez deal, now including Ishii. And we pay the Yankees???

    This looks more and more like a fire-sale by the hour...not good.


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