Long time, no talk, gents. Let's see what I missed. Frankie Montas needs thoracic outlet surgery - I am good, he will be fresh in September when we need a power bullpen arm. No word on Lazarito, but I am not worried. He will sign and it won't be in four months. Heard, while in Japan, that the elder Gurriel will be fast-tracked by the govmint to sign ASAP. With Turner's knees being as issue and impending free agency, I say sign Gurriel and let him be the super sub (he can play second and short, as well) for now and figure he will be the odds-on to play third in '17. Sure, he is 32, but after watching him hit and field in videos, he might be a huge upgrade over Turner. Doesn't mean we can't sign Turner, but I think his future (with his knees) could be the other corner of the infield or DH (if the NL bends to the Players Union, who seem to be the biggest proponents of baseball-wide DH). Don't get me wrong, I love Ginger Jesus but I have learned that knees don't go away and microfracture surgery is dicey at best. I am trying to remember the NBA player who had all of the talent in the world but microfracture surgery didn't take and his career turned to manure.
Also read that Spring Training should be boring for the Dodgers. No real position battles and aside from Ryu's shoulder, not a lot of questions. At least we have options if Ryu can't answer the bell but I have a feeling he will be there on opening day toeing the foul line for introductions. Also read that we are finally trying to move Guerrero. I am thinking Cleveland or Baltimore as both could use a righty bat in their lineups and he is a fit at DH. I still think that if he gets 500+ plate appearances, he will put up very good numbers something like .270/.320/.500. Put him in Baltimore and I think he could get thirty bombs. Just hope we get more than an autographed picture of Jim Palmer in return. Didn't hear anymore Ethier to Chicagoland talk while overseas but I doubt it goes away completely until mid-April. Of course, if we sign Gurriel with his versatility, Ethier might be well on his way to parts unknown. Lots of Otani talk while in Japan, I guess the Padres are sniffing after him but if he ever is allowed to walk it is well known that we were the team who were pushing hard after him before he backed out of coming overseas at eighteen. The $20 million fee would be a drop in the bucket compared to his first contract - I am thinking he might be allowed to walk in two more years and I can see him getting six or seven years at $25 million plus. It may sound foolish, but starting pitchers who can easily reach triple digits and also can hit bombs from the left side of the plate don't grow on trees. But, like Badler suggests, he is a pitcher first. One guy I read in Japan suggested that he be moved to the pen as a closer and that way he can play outfield and continue to hit. It works in college so it might work in the show. I figure he better be a better hitter than he shows right now to be worth that kind of money as a closer.
Oh well, off to dinner. Women are dressed in their best finery and expect a hugely expensive dinner at a four star restaurant with real table clothes and waiters who can fake French. I was hoping for pizza and wings but that ain't happening.