The Dodgers have narrowed their manager search to a distinct few.
We’ve heard that the prominently schooled wizards that turn the front office wheel these days have come to an agreement that Bud Black, Dave Roberts, Darin Erstad and Gabe Kapler have displayed enough in their first meeting at the greatest factory on earth, to be worthy of more discussion about how to sound the alarm that there will be a 7th Commissioners Trophy displayed at the Ravine. After being considered for further discussion, Erstad announced that he was indeed staying with his current employer. The University of Nebraska, where Erstad manages the Husker baseball team.
Stay tuned for further development.
Qualifying Offers have been handed out and returned.
Zack Greinke, Howie Kendrick and Brett Anderson (as we’ve all heard) were all tendered qualifying offers last week by the Dodgers front office. With only Brett Anderson accepting the offer.
Anderson will return to L.A.’s famed hill for 2016, where he will attempt to successfully earn his $15.8 million check. He was a valued arm for the squad in 2015, so way to go Brett.
Zack and Howie now have the right to seek employment wherever they find the right match. Both were front-line starters for the Dodgers in 2015.
Greinke was not only a co-ace upon the hill, but was nearly mythical with his long sandy blond hair and golden arm. It’ll be difficult to replicate the same return from whom-ever slides into his aforementioned slot. Even if the Dodgers pony up to the bar and provide Zack with some new libations and around another $150 million (give or take). Although, one would have to think Greinke would be a good fit again. It’s an if the wheel ain’t broke (on so many different levels here) kinda thing if you ask me.
Howie displayed a solid glove and bat, as he was a strong force in the 3-4-5 spot of the line-up, as well as a steady stop gap up the middle in teaming with both Rollins and the much younger Seager. He himself will require some Cristal from the aforementioned bar if he is to be woo-ed back into Dodger blue for 2016. Howie may ask for and receive around a 5 year, $50 million contract. This seems a little pricey, considering the Dodgers have other available options and are displaying a willingness to become a younger team.
The Dodgers will get compensation in the way of a supplemental pick (between the first and second rounds) if either fail to return to the ball club in 2016.
Free Agency is alive and , well…
Always open for discussion….