12/27/12

In Search For An Outfielder – Los Angeles Dodgers

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In Search For An Outfielder – Los Angeles Dodgers

So far, we have identified the following outfielders as possible targets for the Mets:

                Atlanta – Reed Johnson
                Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
                Boston – Jerry Sands
                Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson
Chicago White Sox - Dayan Viciedo
Cincinnati – Chris Heisey
                Cleveland – Thomas Neal -
                Colorado – Dexter Fowler
Detroit – none
Kansas City – none
Los Angeles Angels – Mark Trumbo
Pittsburgh – Jose Tabata

We now move on to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who currently have only five (5) outfielders on their 40-man:

                Alex Castellanos – righty – pre-ARB
                Carl Crawford – lefty – $21,857mil thru 2017 – LF -
                Andre Ethier – lefty – $17.5mil thru 2017 – RF -  MLB – 20/89
                Matt Kemp – righty – $21.750mil thru 2019 – CF – MLB – 23/69
                Yasiel Puig – righty – $42mil thru 2017 – Cuban defector -
                Jerry Hairston – righty – (also plays 2B) - $3.75 for 2013/FA-2014 -
                Skip Schumaker – lefty – (also plays 2B) - $1.5 thru 2013/FA-2014 -

The Dodgers have made this process pretty simple… all three positions are locked and loaded through the 2017 season. Mark Ellis is the regular second baseman, so there is no reason for three of them. Puig is a future project that the Dodgers thought was worth signing and is far from MLB ready.

We can’t help but keep getting back to Castellanos, who had 17-HR/52-RBI in AAA last year and got 23 end of the season MLB at bats as well (.174).

It’s had to find a weakness on this team that could generate a trade. Possibly a backup catcher like John Buck + a Flores level prospect.

Mets target:  Alex Castellanos – primarily RF… will play 2013 as a 26-year old… MLB ready… 17-HR, 52-RBI last season in AAA… 

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