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A Very Premature Look at the 2011 Dodgers

 

Obviously a lot of this can and will change if deadline moves are made and waiver pick-ups, and a lot of this is repetitive, but I thought it would somewhat helpful to have it all written down. Also, I’ve been looking for an excuse to write a FanPost for awhile. Estimates are in italics.

 

Starting Rotation (2/5 Locks)

Clayton Kershaw - $500,000
Chad Billingsley - $5,500,000

INTERNAL OPTIONS:

James McDonald - $450,000
John Ely - $450,000
Carlos Monasterios - $450,000
Charlie Haeger - $425,000
Scott Elbert - $410,000

POTENTIAL FREE AGENT TARGETS:

Cliff Lee (Probably a future member of the New York Yankees)
Carl Pavano
Livan Hernandez
Vicente Padilla
Hiroki Kuroda
Ted Lilly
Dave Bush
Freddy Garcia
Ben Sheets
Jake Westbrook
Rodrigo Lopez

 

 


Bullpen (3/7 Locks)

Jonathan Broxton - $7,000,000
Hong-Chih Kuo - $1,500,000
Kenley Jansen - $450,000

INTERNAL OPTIONS:
Travis Schlichting - $405,000
Jon Link - $450,000
Ronald Belisario - $420,000
Carlos Monasterios
James McDonald
and Scott Elbert among others

POTENTIAL FA TARGETS:

Too many list

Lineup (5/8 Locks)

1B - James Loney - $4,500,000
2B - Blake DeWitt - $450,000
SS - Rafael Furcal - $12,000,000
CF - Matt Kemp - $6,950,000
RF - Andre Ethier - $9,250,000

C:    INTERNAL OPTIONS:

    Russell Martin - $7,500,000 (He’s not worth what he’s due to be paid next year and     should be non-tendered.)
    A.J. Ellis - $405,000 (A back-up catcher at best)

    POTENTIAL FA TARGETS:

    Victor Martinez
    John Buck
    Rod Barajas
    Bengie Molina
    Gerald Laird
   
3B:    INTERNAL OPTIONS

    Casey Blake - $5,250,000 (Blake isn’t hitting well enough to be the starting 3B next year.)
    Jamey Carroll - $2,500,000

    POTENTIAL FA TARGETS:

    Jorge Cantu
    Juan Uribe
    Ty Wigginton
    Brandon Inge
    Miguel Tejada

LF:    INTERNAL OPTIONS:

    Xavier Paul - $410,000

    POTENTIAL FA TARGETS:

    Scott Podsednik - $2,000,000 club option; currently has 439 of 525 PAs necessary to void     option
    Carl Crawford (It’s nice to want things)
    Jayson Werth (Same thing)
    Jonny Gomes
    Jerry Hairston Jr.

Bench

Carroll/Blake, maybe Paul, + FA signings

 

Also Paying (6)

Manny Ramirez - $8,633,880
Vicente Padilla - $1,000,000
Juan Pierre - $3,500,000
Andruw Jones - $3,375,000
Jason Schmidt - $1,500,000
Brad Ausmus - $150,000

All told, the Dodgers are on the books for about $85 million next season, about $78 million if they non-tender Martin and Sherrill. If the payroll is the same as it was at about $96 million last year (though there is no reason to believe that is the case), the Dodgers could have up to $18 million to play with in the offseason. They’ll probably try to re-sign one of Padilla or Kuroda and get someone like Ted Lilly on a one-year deal and leave the the fifth spot open for young guys for most of the year.

They’ll probably hold their nose with Paul or Podsednik (or someone of his ilk) in LF and either Blake or Carroll at third. Martin though will probably prove to be too expensive, and while it’d be nice if they could get V-Mart or Buck, they’ll probably do a platoon of some sort with some scrubs.

Thoughts?

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