Thursday, December 11, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 12/11/2014 - Dodger Links - Dee Gordon, Don Mattingly and AJ Ellis

Dee Gordon spent yesterday morning with some kids at Union Elementary School in Los Angeles.  Photo above via @LAFund on twitter.  The event gave Gordon an opportunity to discuss fitness and healthy eating with the students.  Via Erin Edwards at Dodger Insider,
Gordon began the class by leading the students in a brief fitness routine along with Dunaway and shared the warm-up exercises he uses before games. While Dunaway led a discussion on the importance of daily exercise and getting your basic food groups in each day, Gordon pulled up a chair and joined the class in eating breakfast.
Sadly, yesterdays public appearances within the community was Dee's last moments as a Dodger.  As reported by Roberto Baly on twitter, Dee received a phone call notifying him of the trade during his appearance and he has a photo to prove it.

Below are some links to check out:
“We value positional versatility too. So guys that aren’t only shortstops can move around the infield and accommodate Seager a year from now or whatever, I think guys like that will be of value to us as well.”
“It’s a situation where we’ve got to continue to get better, continue to get younger,” Mattingly said. “The club was built in a way that was thrown together, which is exactly what the owners said they wanted to do, to put the club together to win now, not wait five years and let the kids develop. The club was built with that in mind. But once you get to that part, you go through the process and you’ve got to move to the next step. We know we have to be able to do it year in and year out, and that’s sustaining it with youth.” 
I’m not sure if this is the worst move of the offseason. If it is, I’m not sure if this will remain the worst move of the offseason. But my later response continues to match my initial response: Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers are making out like bandits, successfully selling Dee Gordon about as high as possible. The Dodgers are losing a probable regression candidate, about to enter his Super-Two seasons. They’re getting probably the Marlins’ best prospect, and then even more to boot. The Dodgers picked up some more long-term assets. The Marlins might not have gotten better at all.
  • Via Carson Cistulli  at InstaGraphs, "Austin Barnes Is the Jewel of This Trade by the Projections."
  • The Cubs appear to be going places.  As you know, they are reported to be the winners in the Jon Lester sweepstakes and now we are reminded of this.  Via Mike Oz at Big League Stew, "Reminder: The Cubs won the 2015 World Series in 'Back to the Future 2'.  NO WAY!  They actually have the pieces to make this really happen.
  • AJ Ellis is sad to hear the news that Dee Gordon has been traded, via his twitter:

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