|Brandon McCarthy finished 2014 as a Yankee. (photo by Bill Streicher/USA Today)
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Everything He Told Us Was Misleading...But That's OK
We just experienced the nuttiest 14 hours in Dodger history and it's not over yet. Everything I wrote about Zaidi and Friedman in the previous post is completely to the window. One thing we now know, if Farhan moves his lips, he's probably lying.
Less than 24 hours after dispelling rumors of a Dee Gordon trade by saying that he is their "cost controlled" second baseman, he was traded.
Less than five days after telling the world that right handed power bats are hard to come by and that Matt Kemp was the best hitter in the league in the second half of the season, he was traded.
The M.O. of the Dodger administration has emerged. It's peddle off a player when his perception in the league is high. Gordon, coming off an All Star season and Kemp, after recovering from injuries in the second half. It's probably a wise way to run a club. Fans with strong emotional ties to the players won't be happy, but it's important to remember that the Kemp contract was inherited, and that isn't Zaidi and Freidman's fault.
There are so many names that were involved in trades, I hope I have them right.
The Dodgers traded Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, and Mel Rojas, (additionally agreeing to pay their 2015 salaries, $13 million) to the Miami Marlins for LHP starter Andrew Heaney, Right handed deliver Chris Hatcher, infielder Enrique Hernandez and C/IF Austin Barnes.
Then they traded Heaney, a highly touted starter who was the number 9 overall pick in the 2012 draft to the Angels for their all star second baseman, Howie Kendrick.
Earlier in the day it was reported that the Dodgers had acquired Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies for two pitchers, who are yet to be un-named. The Phillies are reported to have included cash in the deal. Quantity unknown at this time.
Lastly, Dodger fans woke this morning to the news that Matt Kemp, Tim Federowicz and $31 million have been traded to the Padres for Catcher Yasmani Grandal, and pitchers Joe Weiland and Zach Elfin.
Is that it? Apparently not.
Reports this morning are that the Dodgers are close to a 4-year /$48 million deal with RHP Brandon McCarthy.
With the 40 man roster now sitting at over 43 players, (I've lost count) it is assumed that another trade is in the works. Now with prospects stocked in the organization and money freed up, speculation is that the Dodgers can pull the trigger on a Cole Hamels deal.
It has been a stunning day and the Dodgers are being completely revamped. Stay tuned, but be sure to fasten your seat belt. Craziest day ever.