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Great news for the rest of the NL: Dodgers keep Ned Colletti around

Sep 15, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

Ned Colletti AP

Sure, these new Dodgers may have as much buying power as any three other National League teams combined, but at least fans of other clubs can take heart that Ned Colletti will remain the one doing the spending after inking a mulityear contract extension on Saturday.

Colletti’s Dodgers have the NL’s third-best record since he took over the team in 2006, trailing the Phillies and Cardinals, but they’ve been soundly beaten both times they’ve advanced to the NLCS. They’ve had one 90-win season, that partly fueled by a strong Manny Ramirez campaign in between drug suspensions.

Ignoring the huge 2012 moves for a minute, the Ramirez acquisition is the second biggest the highlight of Colletti’s first six years at the helm. After giving up just Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris, the Dodgers got 223 games of a 1.012 OPS from Ramirez. They also got the baggage that came with it, and by the time mid-2010 rolled around, they were happy to see him gone.

The biggest highlight was Colletti’s first significant move in the offseason prior to 2006; Colletti landed Andre Ethier in exchange for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez in a deal with the A’s. The Hiroki Kuroda signing from Japan is also right up there.

The worst moves:

1/14/2006: Traded Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany to Tampa Bay for Danys Baez and Lance Carter

4/24/2006: Traded Cody Ross to Cincinnati for Ben Kozlowski

11/22/2006: Signed Juan Pierre to a five-year, $44 million contract

12/6/2006: Signed Jason Schmidt to a three-year, $47 million contract

12/6/2007: Signed Andruw Jones to a two-year, $36.2 million contract

7/26/2008: Traded Carlos Santana and Jon Meloan to Cleveland for Casey Blake

7/31/2010: Traded James McDonald and Andrew Lambo to Pittsburgh for Octavio Dotel

11/29/2010: Signed Juan Uribe to a three-year, $21 million contract

I suppose the good news there is that most of Colletti’s worst moves came early. However, it likely had something to do with the fact that Frank McCourt’s financial troubles left him with less flexibility in recent offseasons.

Ned hasn’t been all bad, but he has his old boss Brian Sabean’s fondness for veterans without Sabean’s genius in drafting pitchers (though he did get Clayton Kershaw in 2006). I think the Dodgers could do better, but now that they’ve shaped their team for years to come with the additions of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Hanley Ramirez, perhaps the GM job there isn’t attractive as it would have seemed to be a couple of months ago.

Anyway, they’ve made their choice. But after such a huge outlay to upgrade the team, the organization will expect better on-field results next year. Even with an extension, Colletti’s contract is merely a drop in the bucket, and it shouldn’t buy him that much job security.

In  the meantime, fellow NL contenders should feel a bit better about things. Colletti can and will outspend everyone else and the Dodgers seem likely to remain contenders for years, but he’s probably not the guy to assemble any sort of juggernaut or dynasty.

  1. vanmorrissey - Sep 15, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Thanks Matthew, could not agree more. Most of these GM’s with money to spend can afford to make the mistakes you mention since they can go out and get someone else. Let’s see if he can get the pitching help the Dodgers need. He was overrated in SF and overrated in LA.

  2. redguy12588 - Sep 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Being able to spend that much money is a joke. But the dodgers keeping this clown is an even bigger joke. They deserve every failure they get

  3. chill1184 - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Omar Minaya approves of this deal

  4. garzastricepts - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I’m pretty sure the Dodgers beat the Cubs in the 2008 playoffs, which would have taken 3 wins, but yeah point made.

    • paperlions - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      The Dodgers also swept the Cardinals 3 – 0 in the 2009 LDS.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      Ugh. Bad reading comprehension, Matthew. And for some reason I still can’t seem to bring myself to remember them winning a playoff series since ’88.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        So their last two postseason victories were in games started by Vicente Padilla. Wouldn’t have guessed that.

  5. thebadguyswon - Sep 15, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Zack Greinke is very excited.

  6. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Thank you. Spot on. Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t some of the strongest players in the organization (or traded away) a result of the DePodesta regime?

  7. manchestermiracle - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    With everyone panning the trade with the Red Sox, shouldn’t the title be about everyone in the AL happy Colletti will take their overpaid headcases? Yeah, Colletti has made some pretty bad signings, but it doesn’t help his rep that his pitching staff has tanked, Kemp is MIA, and nobody else is stepping up. The Dodgers won’t have to worry about being bounced out of the playoffs this year as they’ll be watching them on TV just like the rest of us..

    • chill1184 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      It was pretty obvious from the get go when we learned that the Dodgers were going to take on the money that the Red Sox won the trade. How often does a tanking team get to press the reset button that quickly? The answer is not often but if the Dodgers get to the big dance and win it, then it was a victory for both sides.

  8. notsofast10 - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Am I mistaking to think that HBT is a journalistic web site reporting baseball news??? This article is a joke! …..Written by a fan, not a journalist!

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      I don’t think anyone here has ever claimed to be a journalist. I certainly haven’t.

      • notsofast10 - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        Writing an article, posting it on a Baseball website and posting your name as the author would be claiming to be a journalist!

  9. wj4122 - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    He has done a really good job when he has to scramble with limited funds. But he has done terrible when he has the green light to spend big money. I really thought that Stan kasten would have more control over this. The dodgers are great today becouse of some solid home grown talent ( other than Andre ) only time will tell if this is good but his track record with veteren signings are absolutely disgusting!

  10. AlohaMrHand - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    I think Colleti has done a marvelous job!
    -Matt Millen

  11. mazblast - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Ever since The Trade, I’ve said that next year is the real test for the Dodgers, not this year. Next season, we’ll see if Crawford can prove to be worth anything like his salary. We already know that Gonzalez is (or at least will be) worth a lot and Beckett isn’t.

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