That’s what I think of the 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers as things begin. It’s not a bad thing for baseball if these guys are restored to relevancy.
It would be unrealistic to think that all of these former superstars will put together superstar seasons at the same time. However, if just a few of them manage it while the others become solid contributors, the Dodgers are going to be one tough out in the National League.
Major offseason moves:
Signed SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
Signed SP Zach Greinke to a 6-year, $147 million contract
Traded minor leaguer Jake Lemmerman to St. Louis for Skip Schumaker
Signed RP JP Howell
Signed RP Brandon League to a 3-year, $22 million contract
Of course, let’s not forget all the damn moves they made at the end of last season. They acquired a small army of misfit toys in getting Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett for basically nothing.
After the jump, we’ll take a look at the Dodgers from top to bottom.
I feel like this year’s preview could be copied almost straight from last year with a few name changes. The Angels went out and signed a big stud hitter for big bucks. This year – Josh Hamilton, last year – Albert Pujols. They changed up their pitching staff. This year – Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, last year – CJ Wilson. So what did it get them last year? Jack shit. 3rd place in a pretty good division – even though they were playing much better towards the end of the season. One thing they do have this year, that they didn’t last year: a full season of Mike Trout.
Let’s take a closer look at the Angels.
Major Off-Season Moves:
Signed Josh Hamilton to a 5 yr/$125M contract.
Acquired SP Jason Vargas from the Mariners.
Acquired SP Tommy Hanson from the Braves.
Signed SP Joe Blanton.
Signed RP Ryan Madson.
The Angles certainly weren’t quiet this off season and pulled another sneak attack when they signed Josh hamilton from rival Texas. It was seemingly likely the Mariners or Rangers for Hamilton and then the Angels swooped it and gave him exactly what he wanted. When Arte Moreno sees a shiny toy he wants, he steps up big. They also need to reload their rotation after Zach Greinke left and they jettisoned Ervin Santana. They grabbed 3 new starting pitchers so they at least got some bodies in there.
Now on to who is going to take the field this year.
On this week’s edition of The Baseball Show, co-hosts Mike Rosenbaum and M.J. Lloyd along with myself discuss the following:
-Denard Span being traded to the Nationals for Alex Meyer
-Mike profiles Alex Meyer as a prospect
-B.J. Upton to Atlanta
-Possible destinations for Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Zach Greinke and more players
-Reactions to the Evan Longoria contract extension
-Thoughts on the 2013 Hall of Fame nominees
This was a very quick edition of the podcast but a very fun show with lots of discussion. We hope you enjoy!
Whether it’s in terms of when you were playing baseball, or if it’s just as a fan or observer; there isn’t much better than a double-header. In fact, we would love to see baseball schedule double headers a few times a year just to appease fans like us. And we’re not sure what exactly is so awesome about it–other than at the end you should feel stuffed, like you’ve watched enough baseball to satisfy you until at least the next day.
So if you’re not being forced into date night like we are, and you’ve got a television with access to watching these two games, you really need to park yourself starting at 4 PM for about 6 hours and let the Braves and Brewers take over. That’s what we would do. These are two really good teams that are going to factor by years end, they just haven’t hit their stride yet.
We’ll say it’s going to be a split today. But if either of these guys could take two, that’s the kind of thing that can serve as the catalyst for a week, month, or entire season.
Leading up to the start of the 2011 Regular Season, Diamond Hoggers will preview each of MLB’s 30 teams. Today’s preview features the Milwaukee Brewers. Stay tuned as Diamond Hoggers previews every team division by division until the start of the regular season. Continue reading →