Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by sfgiantdave:
Originally posted by Niners99:
Its only a matter of time until they fire Ned Colletti and get someone better.
Hopefully Ned Colletti will be able to recklessly spend more before they find someone better. To be quite honest the Dodgers still don't scare me right now going into next year. However, I do see lots of bloated contracts for under achieving players.
I think anyone should be scared about the Dodgers. They are showing that they just will not stop and have no limitations. If Robinson Cano was a FA right now there is no doubt in my mind that they would give him a $150M dollar deal just because they can. Its sickening, disgusting, and of course nothing would make the vast majority of baseball fans happier than seeing this team flop.
Baseball's problem is that the MLBPA is way too strong and that the players wont agree to a deal with a salary cap in place. As much as I love baseball, I would be happy if the owners locked all of the players out until a salary cap was put in place when the next deal is up. If football can have a cap then baseball should be able to as well. Comments by Donald Fehr in 09.........
"We've been down this road before and we saw where this led us," Fehr said. "We spent an awful lot of time after the strike and again in 2002 and 2006, tying revenue sharing to the competitive balance tax and the free-agency system. It's difficult for me to envision a situation where we'd make a wholesale change in the system. It's nearly impossible for me believe that the players would be in favor of a salary cap."
Let me put it this way, I believe in the next couple years Adrian Gonzalez will continue to decline, Hanley Ramirez isn't quite the player he was in the early days in Florida, Carl Crawford may be the player he was in Boston rather than Tampa, Josh Beckett isn't the player he was in Florida or the early days in Boston, I only view Greinke as an above average pitcher not an elite one, although Andre Either has been good, he will be getting up their in age as well. To me it looks like in multiple positions they will be stuck with big albatross contracts with declining performances.
Yes, the Dodgers are spending big but until they have a deep farm system and shows very good team chemistry they won't scare me one bit.
Let's say after 2013 the Dodgers give Robinson Cano a big 7 year contract. Their is a good chance it will be another Mark Texeria situation, he may be productive for the first couple season but not all that special for the latter half of the contract.
Real Superstar talent is rarely making it on the Free Agent market. Average to above average players who do make it may have a couple good years left but get big Super Star contracts from teams like the Dodgers and many of these players will be albatross's in the back half of the contracts.
I stand by my comment that just because they will recklessly spend more money on the Free Agent market than anyone else doesn't mean they will me automatic World Series Contenders.
I will say this will put pressure on the Giants to give a player Sandoval a contract extention now rather than waiting another season. If I were the Giants, this spring I would seriously look at extending him covering him through age 32 and have team options for his 33 and 34 years. Sandoval has two more seasons before he hits FA. Thanks to the Dodgers their will be more pressure on the Giants to lock up their players sooner than they would have possibly liked to, I will give you that much.