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Dodgers GM Colletti Spends Money, Dumpster Dives
If there’s something that Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti is at, it is public relations. After all his first forays into the world of Major League Baseball was working in PR for the Chicago Cubs. So it comes as no surprise that he pulled of a PR coup over the last couple of months here in Los Angeles by opening the wallet for Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Rod Barajas, Jon Garland, Juan Uribe, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Vicente Padilla, Blake Hawksworth, Dioner Navarro and most recently Eugenio Velez.
With the Dodgers ownership questions still not answered, and likely not answered until all of the appeals go through which should take a couple of years at best or if the team gets sold, Colletti has proven that those questions will not affect the amount he spends to bolster the team. That’s great. Really it is.
Now as to the quality of the players he has brought in, well that’s a whole another question.
This group of players is yet another dumpster diving mission by the Dodgers front office, hoping to find a gem among the debris. Save for Lilly’s and Uribe’s three-year deals, these deals are pretty economical with little monetary or long-term risks. And if a couple of these players prove to have a great season, then Colletti and Co. look like geniuses.
But what else is he going to do? As bad as some of Colletti’s deals have been, he will never give a player a seven-year contract as the Red Sox gave to Carl Crawford. Unfortunately free agents want the long contracts which make the Dodgers unattractive.
Also with the ownership issue unsettled, why would a free agent come here?
Dodger fans will point to history and legacy, but that’s yesterday’s news. The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988 and with the ownership in flux don’t look to be contenders any time soon. Compared to the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies, the Dodgers are a second-tier team at best. Wait a minute. What’s that buzzing sound? Oh, it’s the San Francisco Giants passing the Dodgers by.
So what else is Colletti to do?
All of this is just a very long way of saying that it’s going to be a very long season for the Dodgers - and this is the optimistic kind me speaking.