It's Been NOT So Nice Knowin' Ya...
Yeah, you're smiling in this picture.
But Mr. Paul DePodesta, you've got to go!
And today was my lucky day, (and I can see Bahb doing backflips already!).
The Dodgers fired DePodesta today!
``Our high expectations were not met,'' McCourt said at an afternoon news conference at Dodger Stadium. ``I like Paul. He has many positive attributes. It was difficult, but at the end of the day, that's my job, to make difficult decisions.''
This could be my chance.
I am ready to take over the mess that DePodesta left, especially since I won't be working for the Yankees after the Cashman re-signing.
I couldn't do any worse than DePo, The Dodgers went 71-91 in the worst division in baseball.
And that is after taking over a team that won the division last year, despite his questionable late-season trades of Paul LoDuca and Guillermo Mota, for Brad Penny and Hee-Seop Choi.
It was a strange trade at the time, Penny was coming off an injury, Choi had nothing going for him except a high On-Base percentage. Meanwhile, they rejected a trade from the Astros (I forget the details) that would have sent Mota to the 'Stros, stating Mota was not for sale.
Losing LoDuca was crazy, he was the clubhouse leader. It made no sense.
All I would have to do is hire a manager, and get this team to .500, and I'm golden until '07.
Yes, manager Jim Tracy was fired Oct. 3, and no replacement has been hired.
I don't think Tracy was the problem, and neither did the Pirates. They hired Tracy 8 days later.
Here's my early thoughts on running the Dodgers.
I'm only going to talk about free agent signings, I'll get to trades later.
We need pitching.
Free agents that should be sought, are first and foremost, AJ Burnett. Burnett is going to be in huge demand, so if getting him is going to tank the budget, keep looking.
I also like Jarrod Washburn, the move to the NL would be good for him. And he is the best lefty under 40 out there.
I like Kevin Millwood for the same reason, the move back to the NL.
In the infield.
Look to get Joe Randa from the Padres at 3rd Base, or even Bill Mueller from the Red Sox.
At 1st Base, look at Kevin Millar from the Red Sox, or Daryle Ward from the Pirates.
Adding an outfielder would be important.
I would start with Brian Giles of the Padres. But I also like Juan Encarnacion, but he may be over priced since he will be in high demand for teams looking for an outfielder.
Let's talk Matt Lawton, he could be an easy sign at $5 mil per year. He'll steal you bases, get about 20 HR's and hit about .280, for 5 mil a year, you could do worse.
As a new GM, I would have to make one really big money trade.
And that would be for Jorge Posada.
I would go after him for sure. I don't know what trades would have to be made, I would have to talk to Brian Cashman, but I'd do everything within reason to make that happen.
Jason Phillips is a good catcher, nothing wrong with him; but bringing a star to the team would energize the city and the team. Plus, Posada is a great leader, and it seems the Yanks are ready to move on. Posada's production was down this year, but that is compared to the Yankee sluggers, and on an off day he is still better than Phillips.
There you go, that is year one of The Fu2rman's regime as Dodger GM.