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The Dodgers are drawing interest in all of their outfielders

Nov 13, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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A great hot stove season meme is “[Team] drawing lots of interest in [good, probably unavailable player], more likely to trade [not as good player].” Here’s a classic of the genre, from the L.A. Times:

 Yasiel PuigMatt KempAndre Ethier andCarl Crawford have drawn interest on the trade market over the first two days of the general managers’ meetings .. Of the four, the Dodgers are most reluctant to trade Puig, who turns 23 next month.

Shocking that the youngest, cheapest, most totally team-controlled, healthy, popular  and quite possibly talented of the foursome is the one the Dodgers are most reluctant to trade.

I think Dylan Hernandez makes a great point in the article, though: why not keep all four? What are the odds that you’re going to have all four of them healthy at any given time next year anyway? Maybe it’s different if the Dodgers think minor leaguer Joc Pederson is ready to contribute to the big club, but he’s probably in need of some seasoning first.

  1. cur68 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Ah, silly season, al la baseball. How cute. Like the Dodgers are REALLY going to trade away Puig. For what? Someone older and less talented who costs more? Now, Kemp and Ethier, either of them I can see but even DREAMING about Puig is little more than too many ‘shrooms on an empty stomach.

    But, lets get real: no point in getting worked up about inane player wishing. We’ll see a few dozen of this sort of thing in the next few baseball barren months. I’m waiting for the over blown “X Team wants Edwin Encarnacion for Bag of Balls” that’s sure to pop up at least once this off season. That’ll be a good one.

    • stex52 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Hey, Cur. Good to see you contained you hysteria over the whole Joey Bats rumor. But admittedly, that was weaker than even most rumors.

      Now let’s swat down this Ike Davis to Houston rumor.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Last year, we got a lot of “kicking the tires” for the FA rumor meme. Let’s try to start one this year that’s gastronomic themed. Or maybe, middle school MASH notes. Or fishing. Something random.

      • jm91rs - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Did the mayor up there start that Joey Bats rumor?

      • cur68 - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Crack rumours: “GM Sandy Alderston has put Joey Bats in his pipe and is inhaling deeply on those sweet, sweet, fumes…”

      • jwbiii - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        historiophiliac, How about “They’re breaking out the marchand du vin sauce”?

        cur, You Canadians and your crack smoking authority figures. Yeesh.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Maybe I’m just going for a pie/cake rating system for FA’s/trades. Max Scherzer being cheesecake and Delmon Young being pecan pie (gack!).

      • jwbiii - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        Hmm. I’ve avoided the cake/pie battles here because I like them both. I really like cheesecake and pecan pie. As long as we’re on a dessert theme, we need to get “Slump” into the conversation.

        A slump is like a shortcake, only the fruit sauce is served on a flour and corn meal dumpling cooked in the fruit sauce rather than a biscuit. Also tasty.

        Signing Delmon Young or Michael Young or Anthony Young would be a slump, but not as tasty as a blackberry slump.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Well, if we are trying to establish the lowest rung of the dessert ladder, biscuits and buttermilk might qualify, as I think people outside of my neck of the woods wouldn’t even recognize that as dessert. But, truthfully, I don’t think Delmon is that bland, so slump it is!

  2. stex52 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Makes sense to me, Craig. It sounds like they think they can afford them. The more I watch modern baseball, the more that standing pat on depth at a position makes sense. And three of those guys have shown fragility over the last few years.

  3. APBA Guy - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Ned Colletti made the point on Clubhouse Confidential yesterday that the Dodgers only started 2 games with all 4 of their outfielders healthy last year, and they suffered an outfield injury in both those games. Despite needs at middle infield and 3B they are unlikely to trade an OF, he concluded. The show’s analysts-all stat guys-agreed with him.

    • chiadam - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Maybe they should trade a few for guys that can stay healthy.

  4. aphillieated - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I would be shocked if the Dodgers don’t even consider trading Puig for Mini-Mart. Dude can hit.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Pin this note with your name and address on it to your shirt, so that when you come out of your mind-altering state and can’t remember how you got here, someone can get you home. And drink lots of water. Water is key, right now. Back to waving your glow sticks. :)

      • aphillieated - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        What the hell did just say?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        I would be shocked if the Dodgers don’t even consider trading Puig for Mini-Mart. Dude can hit.

        Is there another person whose nickname is Mini Mart? Because 30 year old Michael Martinez of the Phillies has that nickname (thanks Google), and he can’t hit, at all. 396 PA over 162 games and he’s got a 35 OPS+.

        That’s probably why historio thinks you are on ecstasy.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I’d trade Eithier in a heartbeat.A healthy Kemp is still one of the best players in baseball.Trading Puig???get off the crack pipe

    • gibbyfan - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      especially because the Dodgers have no real pressing needs and what they do need, if anything, they can just buy on the FA market

      • gloccamorra - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        Well, not really. They need a third baseman or a shortstop, depending on where they play Hanley, and possibly both if they don’t offer him a bunch of money. They can pick up Drew this year and move Hanley to third, but if they don’t get Drew, they’ll have to wait til 2015 when Headley may be available. But then they’ll need a shortstop if Hanley walks. I think Colletti should start spending the owners’ money recklessly ASAP.

  6. fearthehoody - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Rumor was Kemp to my Mariners! He’ll look good on Seattle’s DL !

  7. spc7ray - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Trade Crawford and eat the money-A lot of teams would do that

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