So the hot trade rumor right now involving the Dodgers involves Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bloch:
– Colletti had been keeping tabs on the situation and last spoke to Padres GM Kevin Towers about a month ago
– Towers was going to make the Dodgers pay a lot more than other clubs given the proximity, rivalry, etc. (no shocker there)
– The asking price from the Dodgers included THREE players on their current roster, plus one top prospect
Whatever, Towers! Ned was clearly right to say no to that deal, as I’m sure the three players on their current roster would include at least a couple everyday starters that, if traded, would have created a small mutiny among the Dodger faithful. No need sacrificing the future for another starter today. If anything, I’m way more concerned about the bullpen these days than I am the starting rotation. Oh, Ned answered a bunch of Manny questions as well, but nothing earth-shattering was reported here, other than he was just as dissapointed in Manny as everyone else is.
Ahhh…how sweet a sweep is! So many great memories from tonight’s game, including a strong starting performance from Weaver after having been bounced like a pinball between starting and the bullpen, Ethier’s walk and subsequent move to third on J. Martin’s clutch hit allowing him to score, O-Dog’s 11-game hitting streak, Leach’s clutch pitching performance, earning him his first career victory. Good times, good times.
Interestingly, Milton almost had a second no-hitter in 2007 when he was pitching for the Phillies and playing the Cubs. According to reports of the game, Phillies center-fielder botched a short fly-ball in the top of the 9th, leading to a double.
Now I’m certainly not saying that Milton is ready to throw another no-hitter for the Dodgers, but I love that Ned and Joe are bringing him in for this particular game. The Marlins are clearly in a major slump after their much-ballyhooed 11-1 start, going 14-12 since then, including losing their last five straight. No pressure for Milton and tons to be gained for both the man and the team. You gotta love a comeback (especially in Hollywood), and it would certainly be great for the Dodgers starting rotation to have Milton deliver some quality starts with Weaver in the bullpen and Kuroda still making his way back from the DL.
In the meantime, the Dpdgers have announced that Manny and Casey Blake will be the first two bobbleheads of the season. According to the official press release, “a third bobblehead will depict a player to be named later.” Joe Beimel anyone? Yeah, he’s not on the team right now, but the way the Dodgers’ situational lefties are pitching, Ned may have to bite the bulletand go get Joe. The guy was money for the Blue last year, with a 5-1 record, a 2.02 ERA, 32 Ks and 21 walks over 49 innings. You can afford Beimel, Ned. Plus you KNOW the fans would rejoice with voting Joe back in as the fan-favorite for the third bobblehead.
Let’s join Joe’s #1 fan, Troy from West Virginia in saying BRING BACK BEIMEL!