Next on the Dodgers agenda…Qualifying offers to be extended.

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Decision Time: Barring a trade, a staff hiring or any other unusual event (MLB frowns on these things during the WS). Extending qualifying offers to players should be next on the list, coming within the first 4 days following the end of the WS. Here are the guidelines explaining such moves.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/10/explaining-the-qualifying-offer-system.html

Speculation has it that 3 players with the 2014 Dodgers will have the opportunity to choose their path to free agency or remain with the ball-club under a one year $15.8 million contract (Zack Grienke – Howie Kendrick and Brett Anderson). In the 3 years that this system has been implemented not one player has accepted the offer extended by their former club and all have chosen to go the free agent route. Greinke is a given and will most likely reject the offer, same probably goes for Kendrick. Brett Anderson on the other hand stands a good chance (in my opinion, as well as from others) to become the first MLB player to accept a clubs qualifying offer. Factoring in his history of injuries and the rather high monetary price, plus a draft pick, he may have a difficult time finding a lucrative offer without waiting beyond the June amateur draft.

I’m guessing he becomes the first player in MLB history to accept the offer? What do you think?)

Other MLB players who may receive a qualifying offer from their 2014 ball-club. http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2015/10/18/9563977/impending-free-agents-qualifying-offers-offseason-moves

(Anyone here on your radar?)

Other speculative news: It has been reported that the Dodgers are negotiating with long-time pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. It has also been reported that Mattingly would like to see Honeycutt and Wallach follow him to Florida.

I’m fine with keeping Honeycutt. I think he does a solid job when afforded the chance. What are your thoughts here as well?)

More on the speculative news front: There have been several recent reports that former Angel and current Nebraska Cornhusker manager, Darin Erstad, will be interviewed by the Dodgers front office for what I would assume is the opening managers spot. I’ve done a small amount of reading on this subject and have seen pros and cons mentioned for hiring Erstad. I have also seen a speculative report from someone supposedly inside his circle of friends, saying that he would have to be bowled over by an offer to accept?

(This is definitely coming from outside of the box, as I doubt anyone seen this coming? I liked his style of play with the Halos. I’m skeptical as to how well he would fit in? I could probably say that about every potential hire with this front office though. Again! Your thoughts here?)

No speculation needed: The WS has moved to Citi Field for games 3-4-5 and the Mets have closed the gap a tad by taking game 3. This blogs seemingly favored Royals still hold a slight edge with a 2 wins to 1 win advantage.

Update: Royals 3 – Mets 1

(Game 5 coming up)

With the Mets representing the N.L. in the World Series. Dodger fans find themselves looking towards changes in 2016.

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It’s technically the hot stove season in Los Angeles. Which means feet everywhere will soon be sporting Uggs.

Free agency officially begins five days after the end of the World Series.

The biggest thing on everyone’s mind in the City of Angels is whether or not Zack Grienke will resign and reunite his valuable arm with co-ace Clayton Kershaw?

There’s also the matter of who will be at the helm when the Dodgers open camp at Camelback Ranch – Glendale?

After last seasons whirlwind of an off-season. We should assume that it will be difficult to predict which way the front office guru’s will take our beloved team? That being said, one could also say, that it just makes the challenge more fun.

What are your thoughts so far, as to roster construction, from the placement of a new coaching staff, all the way to trades and acquisitions?

Who would you like to see stay?

Who would you like to see go?

Who would you like to see join the 2016 Dodgers?

Who Is Daniel Murphy?

Port St Lucie, FL - March 9th: New York Mets Spring Training game. New York Mets vs Miami Marlins: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28. March 9th, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Daniel Murphy is the Dodger-killer who was involved in all three runs in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.  He is the same guy who wisely stole third base after a walk during the shift when no Dodger covered third base.  Murphy hit two home runs against Kershaw and a home run against Greinke.  In the NLCS so far, Murphy has also hit home runs off Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.  Five home runs in seven playoff games.  Wow.  Home runs against the top three Cy Young Award contenders.  In the playoffs.  Wow.

So who is this guy?  Where did he come from?  Daniel Murphy is a 30 year old who was born, raised, played high school baseball, and played college baseball in Jacksonville, Florida.  Murphy has always been a better hitter than a defender.  The Mets picked Murphy in the 13th round of the 2006 draft.  Daniel made it to the big leagues in 2008 and never looked back.  He is a good but not great hitter, with career numbers (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS) of .288/.331/.424/.755.  He has hit just 62 home runs in his MLB career, or about one every 60 plate appearances.  He is certainly having a great playoff run.

Game 5 – HFA

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Now that Clayton Kershaw has won Game 4 in New York City, ain’t it nice to have home field advantage and play Game 5 of the NLDS in Dodger Stadium? Yeah. Ain’t it nice to have Zack Greinke starting the game?  Yeah.  Will the Dodgers offense bring their “A” game?  They better.  You know the Mets will bring their “A” game.

Where does this game fit within the recent (27 year) history of the Dodgers World Series Quest?  Nine years out of the twenty-seven years (that’s 1/3 of the time for us math geniuses), the Dodgers have made the playoffs.  Of the prior eight playoff trips, only three times did the Dodgers make it through the Division Series and advance to the National League Championship Series (NLCS trips were in 2008, 2009, and 2013).  Zero times in twenty-seven years have the Dodgers won the NLCS and advance to the World Series.

The last time the Dodgers won Game 5 of the NLDS was 1981.  Hey, there wasn’t no Division Series that long ago!  Yes, there was, in 1981, because of the stupid strike!  So, there is a precedent.  And, by the way, as we all know, the Dodgers went on to win the World Series in 1981.

So here we go up against Jacob deGrom again, this time with Zack Greinke.  Dodger4Life has already provided some nice stats on Greinke’s success in terms of how many innings he has pitched and the wins and losses.  This is bound to be a pitcher’s duel and some great baseball watching.  A grit it out, defense matters, and one or two couple small ball runs could determine the victor of the game.  Expect to see Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen pitch and maybe pitch longer than their normal sets.  Don’t expect to see Joel Peralta on the mound.

Go Dodgers!

Chase Utley at Citi Field

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Here’s a new post we can use to discuss NLDS Games 3 and 4.

A brief recap on Chase Utley:

  1. Chase Utley slid hard into Ruben Tejada, breaking up the double play and allowing the tying run to score in Game 2.
  2. The umpire called Utley out.  No one called Howie Kendrick out at first.
  3. The Dodgers asked for a review.
  4. New York reviewed the call, and ruled Utley safe, because (a) it was not a neighborhood play and (b) Tejada did not touch second base.
  5. The Dodgers went on to win Game 2 with an Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner doubles that followed the Utley slide.
  6. Joe Torre said that Utley’s slide was late.
  7. MLB suspended Chase Utley for Games 3 and 4.
  8. Chase Utley appealed the suspension.
  9. The appeal will not be heard before Game 3 and perhaps not before Game 4.
  10. Chase Utley will likely start in Game 3.

Oh yeah, let’s win this one for Vin.