A lot of us are really bored over at Athletics Nation. There's been a lot of discussion on how the A's might improve themselves during the offseason. Back in August, one of our Front Page writers posted a story that clearly showed what a horrific pile of suck the A's had in RF. LF wasn't that much better but at least we were getting good defense from there. So, as A's fans, we've all been marginally obsessed with upgrading the corner OF positions. It just so happens that arguably the two best FA position players on the upcoming market are corner outfielders... unfortunately it's unlikely the A's will be willing to pay the huge sums of cash needed to land one of Crawford or Werth.
Thus trade scenarios are born.
It's no secret that things got strained between the Dodgers and Matt Kemp during the season. You know the story, probably better than I do, but the key thing from our side of the fence was Kemp's agent suggesting that a trade might be the best things for both parties. So earlier today one of the more responsible posters on AN suggested a possible deal that would send SP Vince Mazzaro and C Josh Donaldson to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp. Let me provide you with a quick run down on Donaldson: Fairly athletic, converted from 3B to C in college. The A's have had him play both corner IF positions in spot duty down in AAA just this year. He's shown good pop, he's shown good plate discipline... just not necessarily at the same time. Very strong throwing arm, he can control the running game. He's also uber-aggressive with his arm and has made a lot of throwing errors in the minors when attempting pick-off throws. he's athletic but tends to struggle behind the plate. He's allowed more than his fair share of Passed Balls during his run in the minors. Basically he's got the tools to be a very good Catcher but he hasn't put it all together. AN is fairly well split over if he pulls it all together or not.
Anyways... I'm not here to pimp Josh Donaldson. I'm here to ask for your help and provide a pro-Dodger viewpoint to the discussion we're having at AN. The only guideline I'm going to set is for you to presume that the word has come from on high that Matt Kemp is going to get traded this offseason. (I'm going to create a poll that includes the option to vote for Matt Kemp staying in LA. I would love to see how many Dodger fans expect to see Kemp in LA next season... I just don't want this thread to disintegrate into an argument over how a Kemp trade is never going to happen.) The A's are in a unique position (for them) in which they have a lot of money coming off the books and don't need to worry about having enough cash to pay for salaries in 2011. They (probably) won't be asking for salary relief as part of any Kemp deal, so please base any proposals on that factor.
'Cause I'm not sure a Mazzaro/Donaldson package actually addresses the Dodgers' needs. (Well, Mazzaro for the rotation makes some sense.) I don't know if they have an internal replacement to play CF in 2011 if Kemp goes elsewhere. I realize that if the Dodgers shop Kemp they'll get multiple suitors... although I'm not sure how many of those teams would want him for CF. I want to hear some True Blue bias on these matters. I want to hear what you would expect in return if you heard that Kemp was heading to Oakland.
Thanks for your time and here's a little something that I hope let's you leave with a smile. Muppets rule!
EDIT: Seems I missed a factor. There seems to be a "Colletti is an idiot" vibe going on. So please continue telling me where you see the Dodgers' problem areas are... but if you feel there is precedent for Colletti to move in a certain direction in this matter than please include which way he'd lean in this situation.