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Looper at home, 'waiting for an acceptable offer'

Mar 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT’s Ken Gurnick reports that Braden Looper “is doing all he can to stay in shape at home near Chicago, waiting for an acceptable offer” from the Dodgers (or another team, in theory).
Los Angeles was linked to Looper throughout the offseason, particularly once their other starter targets like Joel Pineiro and Jon Garland signed elsewhere, but Gurnick notes that the Dodgers are still only willing to give the veteran right-hander a minor-league deal.
Not only is Looper holding out for a guaranteed contract, he reportedly turned down an offer from the Nationals last month. All of which takes a lot of … well, let’s say courage, from a 35-year-old who had a 5.22 ERA in 194.2 innings last season while serving up a league-high 39 homers.
Looper was a full-time reliever until 2007, and since then he has a 4.75 ERA in 97 starts. In other words he’s a 35-year-old fifth starter coming off a terrible season and the Dodgers are willing to pay him as such, but Looper wants more. Good luck. Right now the Dodgers have Eric Stults, Scott Elbert, James McDonald, Charlie Haeger, Ramon Ortiz, and Russ Ortiz competing for the final rotation spot.

  1. Joey B - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Sure, make fun, but remember, Damon held out too, and he wound up with the team that he always wanted to play for.

  2. Positively Half St. - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    I guess at this point I am tired of the idea of lame old pitchers who want to stink for the Nats just because we recognize their names. Batista gave a wake-up call this afternoon. Good luck Looper- you will regret passing on our offer.

  3. Preston - Mar 5, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Um, Padilla did sign with the Dodgers.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 6, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    You got a lotta nerve to say you are Braden Looper’s friend. When he was down, you just stood there grinning.

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