Tuesday, October 31, 2006

High Hopes For the Dodgers

Stan McNeal thinks the Dodgers are hopeful contenders next year and a number one starter may put us over the top.
"Their mix of talented kids and established veterans may be better than the Braves', but the Dodgers don't have John Smoltz."
I'm crossing my fingers hoping that a number one pitcher will emerge. I might even settle for a reliable middle relief corp. That was definitely one of our most visible weaknesses last year. Overall, improving our pitching should pay us big dividends in '07.

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My Free Agency Wish List

The most recent list of free agency available players is pretty large and includes a handful of notable names. Check out the list here. If I were to chose which players I wouldn't mind seeing in Blue they would be:
  • David Riske- we need some relief help
  • Jamie Walker- more relief help
  • Octavio Dotel- a dark horse candidate for comeback player of the year and more relief help
  • Carlos Lee- but there may not be any room for him
  • Vicente Padilla- I think that he is more than a capable starter
  • Ted Lilly- Another middle of the road starter who could do wonders for us
  • Miguel Batista- I've always liked him as a starter
  • Kerry Wood- but only at a reasonable price since injury is always a possibility
  • Dave Weathers- an old pro reliever with a wealth of experience
  • Wade Miller- another potential injury in the making, but someone I would be willing to take a flyer on
  • Joe Borowski- are you seeing a trend. I think pitching, especially relief, will be key next year
  • Guillermo Mota- bring the tall man home
  • Orlando Hernandez- I love this Cuban hurler
  • Moises Alou- this guy can hit
  • Jason Schmidt- this guy can pitch
  • Alfonso Soriano- this guy can do it all, except defense. Is there room for him if Either and Kemp stay on?
Anyway, this is my list so far.
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