This morning I woke up and leaned over to grab the remote. I turned on the television, which was already tuned to the MLB Network, and rested comfortably as I wondered if there was any more Dodgers news to hear. Then, before I could stretch out my limbs a feeling of pain and loss ensued. Suddenly, I didn't want to get out of bed. The first words I heard out of that tv included the phrase, "Matt Kemp to the Padres," so my heart immediately sank.
Dammit! These guys are a bunch of uncaring, unfeeling monsters!
In a span of 24 hours the Dodgers went from being spectators to an hyperactive child. It's like I was sitting comfortably on my couch enjoying a stout brew only to be interrupted by some unruly neighbors bent on upending my life.
At one point last night, I was happy with the Dodgers' activity during the Winter Meetings. We had seemingly added Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Chris Hatcher for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas - with some prospects, here and there, to even things out. Furthermore, confirmations were coming in from all corners claiming that the Dodgers had also signed free agent starter Brandon McCarthy.
So last night, as I was putting my head on my pillow, I was having the kind of feeling that conjures up dreams of endless beaches and puffy clouds. Now, as I wipe the sleep from my eyes, I realize that that was all an illusion. We are in a cold hard world, and we are just mere spectators to it all.
I get the reasons for the aforementioned deals. I don't understand the most recent trade with the Padres.
As you all likely know by now, the Dodgers have made a huge trade with San Diego. Exact details are not in yet, but it appears likely that Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz will go south for Yasmani Grandal, starting pitcher Joe Wieland and pitching prospect Zach Eflin. (There are rumblings that Eflin goes to the Phillies to complete the Rollins trade)
Crap! I had a hard time writing that last paragraph.
I really believe that the old Matt Kemp is back, and he'll make a glorious return. So, I certainly feel he'll make us regret that we let him go. Furthermore, I am not at all impressed with former steroid suspended catcher Yasmani Grandal, and do not believe he is an upgrade over AJ Ellis - offensively or defensively. Maybe the pitchers we get end up doing well, but overall I gotta call this deal a big loser for the 'Boys in Blue.'
Oy Vie! What's a fan to do?
I think I need to turn off my twitter feed. It's driving me crazy. Can somebody give me a hug?
I'll have some more about the past day soon; including some fantasy card creations for the new Dodger players.
* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes *
* Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook *
* Dodgers Blue Heaven home page *