Dodgers’ in Market for Pitching as Mr Worthless & the Alfonso Come to Town

As the July 31 trade deadline rapidly approaches, every pitcher not nailed down to dugout steps is rumored to be on the verge of becoming a Dodger – from Luke Hochevar to Cliff Lee to Joe Nathan to Ervin Santana to Brian Wilson to, well, maybe even Tommy John himself.

While a healthy Brian Wilson, who is a free agent, would be a great addition, the team DOES NOT need to make a major, multi-player deal, likely giving away Andre Ethier, in order to get a 38-year-old closer like Nathan, when Kenley Jansen has been in a solid groove and dominating in the closer spot. Thankfully, three, four years ago the Dodgers rejected propositions to acquire Lee or Roy Halladay for the yet unproven Clayton Kershaw. Today, the proposals seem to be top pitching prospect Zach Lee as the price for



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Cliff Lee, and while Zach likely will never be another Kershaw, his talent is still too good to give away for the soon to be 35 year old Cliff Lee, whose history says he would soon move on yet again (he does have two more years to go on his contract, but that hasn’t stopped him before).

Hochevar had been a major disappointment to KC over his five years as a starter (38-58), but he has flourished this season in relief. If the cost is low, he could be a worthwhile addition. Santana has been a decent starter for the Royals this year, but through his

eight years in the Angels’ rotation he was noted for his consistent inconsistency, with his ERAs varying from the mid-3s to the high 5s. Santana is making $13 M this season and is the highest-paid Royal. While his overpriced salary would fit in well in LA, his $13 M wouldn’t break into the top half-dozen Dodgers’ contracts.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers host the yankee tonight. The New Yorkers now, as I discussed the other day, feature the return of the Alfonso, and I can’t wait to see him roaming left field – an adventure in the making. Also, while the Second Coming of Zoilo is still injured, that could mean that Mr. Worthless Vernon Wells could be playing somewhere for the yankee. The 21-million-dollar-man is actually hitting .236 this season, his highest average in three years. But of course, that won’t last – I stand by my prediction of .220 or so by season’s end.

Also, the Dodgers’ will not have to face the menacing bat of Luis Cruz. Luis, who somehow got his .127 bat into 45 games as a member of the Dodgers earlier this season, was, magically, picked up by the yankee, and prior to his injury, rewarded them by banging out hits at a .182 pace.

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