April 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Bat Pierre 9th, Pitcher 8th
Juan Pierre batted in the ninth slot on Wednesday night, allowing pitcher Eric Stults to bat eighth. "I've been threatening it, right?" Manager Joe Torre said. "It's just seemed like a situation, with a player like Juan, he'd be freer to steal and stuff with [Rafael] Furcal hitting behind him instead of the pitcher. To me, it makes sense with a guy with speed. I just don't want to take away some of his tools from him." Torre said he considered batting Pierre eighth when he started Sunday in Colorado.
Dodgers' Milton Making Push For Call-Up
Veteran lefty Eric Milton has pitched very well for Triple-A Albuquerque as of late, which could merit a call-up to the Dodgers soon. Milton has pitched 12 shutout innings in his two most recent starts. Meanwhile, young pitchers James McDonald and Clayton Kershaw both struggled this past weekend.
Could Brewers Take Pedro Off Market?
The Dodgers claim that they haven't had any discussions with free agent pitcher Pedro Martinez since the offseason, and the Brewers are emerging as a candidate to sign the veteran. "All of our conversations on Pedro took place in the offseason," said L.A. owner Frank McCourt. "I have not been made aware of any talks beyond those."
Nine Months Later, Manny-Bay Still Even
On July 31, 2008 the Red Sox traded Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers in a three-team deal that netted them Pirates left fielder Jason Bay. Ramirez energized the Dodgers en route to a playoff appearance last summer, and ultimately re-signed with the club to lengthen his stay in Los Angeles. However, the Red Sox are content to have Bay in left field, despite Ramirez's stature as a future Hall of Famer and one of the most engaging players in sports today. Ramirez, who will make nearly $24 million with the Dodgers this season, is hitting .328 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. Bay, who will make less than $8 million from the Red Sox in 2009, is hitting .321 with four home runs and 16 RBIs heading into Sunday's action. It can also be argued that Bay plays better defense than Ramirez, but it's the batting statistics that are the most shocking. Bay has a 0.494 on-base percentage and a 0.661 slugging percentage. Ramirez, the much more heralded hitter, has a 0.463 on-base percentage and a 0.563 slugging percentage. Therefore, Bay's OPS is 1.135, ahead of Ramirez's 1.025. The Red Sox are thrilled to have rid themselves of the distractions Ramirez sometimes created, while paying Bay roughly a third of the salary for the same and, at times, better production. On the other hand, the Dodgers are fine swallowing Ramirez's fat contract because he provides a kick to their lineup that appears to affect other hitters and puts people in the stands.
Agent: Mulder Will Sign Soon
Agent Gregg Clifton says that Mark Mulder has been working out and could sign with a team within a week. Mulder is also expected to work up to 100 pitches in a minor league game within the next few weeks. The Dodgers are among "six to eight" teams interested in Mulder, according to Clifton.
Torre: Kemp Reminds Me Of A-Rod
Dodgers manager Joe Torre says that outfielder Matt Kemp reminds him of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. "The ball doesn't come down when he hits it," Torre said. "He's one of those guys that doesn't have to hit it on the screws."
Nationals, A's, Dodgers Interested In Mulder?
The Nationals, Athletics and Dodgers are very interested in pitcher Mark Mulder, who is attempting a comeback. Mulder believes that he could be ready roughly two weeks after signing with a club.
Dodgers, Jays Atop RealGM's Team Rankings
The Opsera is a statistic I created in order to rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA). In order to determine a team's Opsera, I take their OPS, move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract the team's ERA from that number. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers: 5.51 With great balance, the Dodgers are the best team in baseball and have four of their regulars (Matt Kemp, Orlando Hudson, Andre Ethier and Manny Ramirez) with an OPS over 1.000. 2. Toronto Blue Jays: 4.78 Ricky Romero has been a success beyond anyone's wildest expectations as the much maligned former first round pick is healthy and has a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings. 3. Florida Marlins: 4.74 The Marlins have a team ERA of 3.24, led by Annibal Sanchez's 1.64, Chris Volstad's 2.76 and Josh Johnson's 2.91. 4. St. Louis Cardinals: 4.55 While Ryan Ludwick, Brian Barden, Chris Duncan, Joe Thurston, Yadier Molina and of course Albert Pujols have gotten off to fast starts at the plate, Rick Ankiel, Khalil Greene and Colby Rasmus have lagged behind. 5. Chicago White Sox: 4.31 Carlos Quentin has an OPS of 1.240 with seven homers already. Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye each have an OPS over 1.000 as well. 6. Pittsburgh Pirates: 4.25 Similar to last season, the Pirates are off to a fast start and have four hitters with more than one homer. 7. Kansas City Royals: 4.20 Zack Greinke has pitched 20 innings of unearned run baseball, while Robinson Tejada, Juan Cruz and Jamey Wright are also perfect out of the bullpen. Gil Meche and Kyle Davies have been excellent in their starts as well. 8. Detroit Tigers: 4.10 If they end up trading Miguel Cabrera, how much can Detroit get in return for a player batting .489/.538/.787 in his mid-20's. 9. New York Mets: 4.03 Francisco Rodriguez has been perfect and has a K/9 of 14.29, but the story on the mound has been Johan Santana and his 0.46 ERA over 19.2 innings. 10. San Diego Padres: 3.94 In an unfamiliar occurrence, San Diego has an OPS that is 50 points higher than their opponents. 11. Seattle Mariners: 3.69 The vaunted Seattle defense has been as good as advertised in the early going. 12. Chicago Cubs 3.67 Kosuke Fukudome continues his fast start, hitting for an OPS of 1.230, while Aramis Ramirez's offseason regimen has produced results at the plate and in the field. 13. Atlanta Braves: 3.06 Yunel Escobar has been very good as he continues to establish himself as one of the best young shortstops in the game, hitting .343/.395/.514. 14. Boston Red Sox: 2.99 The Red Sox first three hitters, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz have an OPS of .543, .657 and .446 respectively. 15. Tampa Bay Rays: 2.68 An offensive surge (1.121 OPS) from Jason Bartlett has been an unexpected surprise. 16. Oakland Athletics 2.49 Jack Cust leads the A's with a .899 ERA while Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi still search for their first 2009 homer. 17. Houston Astros: 2.38 Carlos Lee (.696) and Lance Berkman (.785) have hit below their typical .900 level and hence a team OPS of .692. 18. Texas Rangers: 2.32 Frank Francisco has yet to give up an earned run in 5.1 innings, while Kevin Millwood has been brilliant with a 1.17 ERA in 23 innings. 19. Los Angeles Angels: 2.09 While the homegrown Kendry Morales and Howie Kendrick have started slow, the Angels' free agent acquisitions of the past two winters (Torii Hunter, 1.088 OPS and Bobby Abreu .415 OBP) have helped carry the offense. 20. Milwaukee Brewers: 1.96 Braden Looper has been Milwaukee's best starter, with a 3.27 ERA in his first two starts. 21. Colorado Rockies: 1.85 Jason Marquis has exceeded expectations with a 1.93 ERA, even with a K/9 rate of 3.21. 22. Cleveland Indians: 1.80 Carl Pavano's ERA has climbed to 9.69, even though he has struck out a better per inning. 23. Baltimore Orioles: 1.75 Baltimore's first three hitters have been excellent with Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis hitting 1.012, 1.169 and 1.013 respectively. 24. Cincinnati Reds: 1.73 Edinson Volquez's WHIP is just a hair under 2.00, sitting at 1.96. 25. San Francisco Giants: 1.71 Hitting has been a huge problem for the Giants this season again, with Fred Lewis and his .395/.521/.526, along with Aaron Rowand's .891 OPS being the only real promising offense. 26. New York Yankees: 1.64 Chien-Ming Wang and his 34.50 ERA really inflates the Yankees' pitching, which boasts three pitchers who have yet to give an earned run in 2009, including Mariano Rivera and Nick Swisher. 27. Minnesota Twins: 1.53 The Twins have struggled at the plate, with Michael Cuddyer, Joe Crede, Carlos Gomez, Delmon Young and Nick Punto each posting an OPS under .650. 28. Arizona Diamondbacks: 1.52 Felipe Lopez has been one of the most underrated free agent signings of the offseason, hitting for an OPS of .956. 29. Philadelphia Phillies: 1.18 The Phillies' low-ERA starter is Brett Myers with a mark of 5.03. 30. Washington Nationals: 1.17 The Nationals have been dreadful in nearly every aspect of the game, but are hitting for an OPS of .946 against left-handed pitching.
Manny Crosses Rockies Off HR List
Manny Ramirez hit his first home run of the season on Saturday afternoon against the Rockies, the only team he hadn't hit a homer against in his career. Ramirez's homer came in the first inning off Aaron Cook, and he followed it up with a second solo shot in the third inning.
Hudson Agrees With Sheffield On Black Bench Players
Orlando Hudson was asked if he thought African Americans faced greater obstacles to break into the game, Hudson said, "You remember when Gary Sheffield said a black man cannot be a bench player and play this game? There's no place for us as a bench player. "You look at it, you know, Brandon Phillips plays every day. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard play every day. [I] play every day. Vernon Wells plays every day. [Carl] Crawford plays every day. [Mike] Cameron plays every day. Bill Hall plays every day. I don't know too many African American bench players. Can y'all name one?" Reporters came up with Gary Matthews, Lenny Harris, Juan Pierre and Tony Phillips.
Dodgers Ship Delwyn Young To Pirates
The Pirates have acquired outfielder Delwyn Young from the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later.
Man Stabbed At Dodger Stadium
A man was stabbed multiple times at Dodger Stadium on Monday after getting into an argument with several men in a pickup truck, Los Angeles police said.
Manny: I Was Joking About Going Back To Cleveland
Manny Ramirez cleared up a Monday report that suggested he would like to play for the Cleveland Indians again.
Strawberry: Playing In L.A. Was 'Boring' Compared To New York
Darryl Strawberry has a new book coming out and he called coming home to play for the Dodgers a mistake.
Hudson Hits For 2nd Cycle In Dodger Stadium History
With a triple in the bottom of the sixth off of Brandon Medders, Orlando Hudson completed his cycle.
RealGM Staff Report
Manny Would Love To Finish Career In Cleveland
Manny Ramirez says a return to the Cleveland Indians before he retires would be ideal.
Canseco Is '90 Percent Sure' Manny Is On Steroid List
Jose Canseco believes Manny Ramirez is more than likely one of the 104 players that tested positive for steroids in 2003.
Torre Has Eye On New Yankee Stadium
Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he liked the new Yankee Stadium when he saw it on television.
Pierre Waits For Trade From Dodgers
Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre has seen his role diminish recently, and he's still looking for the team to trade him.
Manny: I Need More Playing Time
Manny Ramirez has asked Dodgers manager Joe Torre to give him more at-bats as Opening Day approaches.
Ohman Rejected Two-Year Deal With Braves
Left-handed reliever Will Ohman, who signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers recently, rejected a two-year pact with the Braves.
Manny Doesn't Want To Talk About Giants Flirtations
The San Francisco Chronicle's Giants' beat writer Henry Schulman approached Manny Ramirez about whether or not he was serious about signing with the Dodgers' longtime rivals.