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The Dodgers want to reassemble the 2002 Braves

Nov 18, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

Bringing in Mark DeRosa and John Smoltz six or seven years ago: a bold move that instantly makes you a favorite.  Bringing them in for 2010: Yawn.  According to Smoltz’s and DeRosa’s agent Keith Grunewald, however, the Dodgers are showing interest in both.

L.A. definitely needs a starter or two, but given his health, his age and his less-than-stellar 2009, a team challenging for the division can’t be in the business of counting on John Smoltz to hold down a rotation slot.  He will almost certainly break down at some point, and even if he doesn’t, he will almost certainly have stretches of ineffectiveness.  And don’t give me that “he looked good down the stretch for the Cardinals” business.  His two good starts after his release from Boston came against the anemic Nats and Padres. He was profoundly ordinary — and hit fairly hard — the rest of the way.

DeRosa remains a useful player, but according to the article, no less than twelve teams want him.  He wants a multi-year deal. L.A. has Casey Blake under contract at third, Rafael Furcal at short, and a loaded outfield.  Maybe De Rosa could play second, but he doesn’t really profile as a starter there anymore. The guy is either a full-time corner player — which the Dodgers don’t need — or a utility player — which the Dodgers don’t need to be giving multi-year contracts.    

The upshot: either of those players would be OK if they fell into the Dodgers’ lap late in the offseason for low dollars, but unless they really think that Rafael Furcal is homesick for his Atlanta days, there’s no reason for L.A. to be out in front of the market on either of them.

  1. Andy L - Nov 18, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    I (and other minds) disagree about DeRosa’s suitability for second. Quite a few articles were written before this season about the mistake the Indians were making by keeping Peralta at short and Cabrera at 2nd rather than sliding them to the right and putting DeRosa at the keystone to drastically improve the defense.

  2. Rick2009 - Nov 18, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    If the Dodgers are looking for a third baseman, then get a third baseman; if a second baseman, then get a second baseman. DeRosa looks good for his hitting, but would make a better utility player for the Dodgers. He would fit in much better in the American League where he could rest up DHing. As for pitchers the Dodgers should resign Jason Schimdt, Kevin Brown, Jackie Brown, and the rest of the oldies but haven’t got it no more.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 18, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    If the Bums want to reassemble something, I recommend the Revell Models AN-124 kit. I’ve been working on one with my grandson for over a year. It has over four hundred parts, most of them just the right size to drop into your deep pile rug and lose forever, and by the time you’ve gone through four tubes of styrene weld you’ll be as high as a kite – and there’s no way to test for it.

  4. tbs - Nov 18, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    The main qualification for Dodger free agent acquisitions is that they must be:
    1 White
    2 Above average at one time
    3 On the downside of their careers

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