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After the 2000 season, then Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone offered pitcher Darren Dreifort a five-year $55 million contract. Dreifort had come off of a 12-9 season with a 4.16 ERA. Contract in hand Dreifort made 26 starts, 60 relief appearances and 15 trips to the operating table. He did not pitch for the last two years of his contract.

This past offseason GM Ned Colletti signed free agent pitcher Jason Schmidt to a three-year $47 million contract. He promptly made three ineffective starts, went on the DL, made three more starts then went under the knife for shoulder problems.

With Dreifort and Schmidt in mind, it is no wonder why I absolutely hate the acquisition of Esteban Loaiza from the Oakland Athletics off of waiver wires.

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Loaiza signed a three-year, $21.4 million contract with the A’s last season and was mostly ineffective due to decreased velocity on his fastball. Sound familiar? He spent most of this season on the disabled list due to spasms in his shoulder. While he’s performed well in his only two starts this season, I can’t help but be wary of his effectiveness from here on out.

Worst of all he’s still on contract for next season. So for better or for worse the Dodgers are stuck with him.

On more uplifting news, the Dodgers won a game that they did everything in their power to hand to the opposing team. For everyone's sake that opposing team was the Washington Nationals who have proven they have mastered the art of losing ball games.

This three-game sweep of the (G)Nats was probably the most unconvincing sweep ever. They won the first game on ten singles and the last two games on sacrifice flies. That certainly is not the sign of a hard-hitting team.

And it is this team that's going on a 10-game road trip against the Padres, Cubs and Giants. In order to have any chance of making the postseason the Dodgers cannot lose any of these series. Given the state of the offense, if a miracle doesn't happen that gives the Dodgers a pop in their bats the Dodgers are done.

To wrap this up here's a nice little video. Enjoy.

AP Photo by Reed Saxon