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Getting deeper with the Manny trade

August 1, 2008



Now that the shock has worn off a little bit, I figured he would stay a disgruntled sock the rest of the season, I wanted to delve a little deeper into this acquisition and the effects it will have on the Dodgers in the future.

First this season, this makes their offense automatically better. This takes the pressure off of Matt Kemp who has been hounded in the press for his play, but they fail to remember he is only 23. Manny also loses some pressure of his own, coming from Boston, where every move is criticized. Now in Los Angeles, where people have a lot more to worry about then Manny's fielding. I.E., earthquakes, smog, traffic, and fires. This also makes their defense marginally worse, Pierre is quick enough to cover the spacious left field but Manny can hit the cut off man.

As for the future, the Dodgers will have 5 yes 5 gaping holes to fill in the off season.
Here is the current lineup:
CF Matt Kemp
RF Andre Ethier
LF Manny Ramirez
2B Jeff Kent
C Russell Martin
3B Casey Blake
1B James Loney
SS Nomar Garciaparra/Angel Berroa

SP Chad Billingsley
SP Derek Lowe
SP Hiroki Kuroda
SP Clayton Kershaw
SP Jason Johnson

Not bad, but it looks even better when comparing to next years lineup(this is if they don't resign Manny, which is a good possibility). Also I am hoping Torre sticks with Manny, Kemp, and Ethier in the outfield.

RF Matt Kemp
LF Andre Ethier
C Russell Martin
1B James Loney
CF Andru Jones
3B Blake DeWitt/Josh Bell
SS Chin Lung-Hu
2B Ivan De Jesus

SP Chad Billingsley
SP Brad Penny
SP Hiroki Kuroda
SP Clayton Kershaw
SP James McDonald

This is what the roster would look like if they get no free agents which is also good possibility. This possinle lineup would not put fear into any opposing manager, except maybe Manny Acta. Hey they will average 2 runs a game at best but at least the pitching staff will be good.

I think a painted a pretty decent picture of how this trade could possibly ruin the Dodgers franchise in the near future. It will all depend on how willing the McCourts are to opening the checkbook and writing bigger checks and if Colleti will have the guts to pull the trigger on a free agent after the Pierre and Andru fiasco. Once last time I beg you Joe to start Manny, Andre, and Matt.

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