First, the Dodgers appears to have filled their vacancy at second base.
(Tweet Link: @Ken_Rosenthal)
Mark Ellis has been on a bit of a decline, but he should be a serviceable infielder with a reputation for good defense. He only hit .248 last year, but did see his average increase mid-season when he was dealt to Colorado. Of course, in Colorado's thin air an improved batting average should not be a surprise.
Here are his stats:
Now here is the big news. It appears that the Dodger troubles outside of the diamond will not hamper their ability to sign a long term deal for one of their franchise players. Matt Kemp will stay a Dodger for a long time.
(Tweet Link: @SI_JonHeyman)
As Steve Dilbeck notes,
"the contract does not have to be approved by the bankruptcy court, though a creditor could raise an objection."I would be willing to bet this does not happen. The good feelings this signing provides the fans would instantly turn on a dime against any objecting creditor.
Heck, the deal is so done even Dee Gordon chirps in with his congratulations to "The Bison."
(Tweet Link: @skinnyswag9)
I like how quickly Colletti is filling out the team. Instead of leaving us hanging all winter we get some certainty.