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The Dodgers and Colletti talk extension

Sep 30, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

It was about this time last year that the Mets gave Omar Minaya his contract extension. The Mets finished choking away the division a day or two later.  The Dodgers are in all likelihood still going to win the west, but with their lead down to 3.5, with them losing like crazy to the Pirates and the Padres, and with the team playing some of their most uninspired ball of the year, can’t this wait a week?

The Dodgers are negotiating a long-term contract extension with General Manager Ned Colletti, a high-ranking club official said . . . It is uncertain whether the extension will be finalized or announced before the Dodgers complete play this year. The official was granted anonymity because owner Frank McCourt has asked that off-the-field business not take public precedence over the team’s quest to reach the World Series for the first time since 1988.

I don’t know when it was that baseball owners went and got themselves in a big damn hurry all of a sudden, but you’d think they’d want to actually, you know, see how the season turned out before deciding what to do with the most important position in the organization.

  1. Rudy Gamble - Sep 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Agree on Minaya but not sure Coletti’s in his league.
    Ol’ Ned’s track record doesn’t seem too bad…His first move was the Ethier – Bradley trade which turned out fantastic…Kershaw was his first #1 pick in 2006…the Manny trade got them a pennant…Kuroda hasn’t been amazing but he’s been a better bang for the buck than Dice-K or Igawa….Randy Wolf, Troncoso, Belisario, and Hudson were great pickups this year….
    Is my memory shot or is he doing a pretty good job? (Note: I think the Blake for Carlos Santana trade will haunt them given that Russ Martin is fading fast…)

  2. Grant - Sep 30, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    I believe he signed Juan Pierre, as well. The Blake trade was dumb. He signed Andruw to that two-year deal, which turned out to be a disaster.
    Honestly, though, he seems to have recovered nicely from some early missteps. He has a ton of money to spend, but I suppose like the Yankees and Sox the ends sometimes justify the means. The ML team has been good, though of course sometimes Torre has made weird decisions about playing time, which is only a little bit Ned’s fault. I think giving him an extension is fine, though, since the team’s good again.

  3. Rudy Gamble - Sep 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Thanks Grant. How did I forget Pierre and Andruw? I knew there was a reason I thought Coletti was Kevin Malone II.
    Agreed that he has seemed to overcome the early mishaps, aided by their payroll.
    I”m not sure who is responsible for the pre-2006 young talent (Kemp, Broxton, Loney, Martin, etc.) but, if it’s DePodesta, he should get a fair share of the credit (just like Gene Michael deserved for signing the core of the Yankees 1996-2000 team)

  4. DougTucson - Sep 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    good manager. good team. extend him.

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