Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dodgers looking to pickup Matt Treanor, plus other tidbits

Well, we knew Ned Colletti wouldn't go into the season with A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz as the team's only catchers, so he's decided to pursue veteran Matt Treanor.

Yet, I can't understand why.

The guy is the textbook definition of an all-glove, no-bat catcher, and I'm not sure his glove is even that good.

Treanor is a career .225/.315/.307 hitter. He's never had more than 237 at-bats in a season, so he's clearly going to be the backup.

At least the Dodgers are looking at Ellis as the team's starting catcher (one can assume).

He'll likely get about a million bucks -- the same million bucks the Dodgers gave Dioner Navarro last season (by comparison).

Update (Nov. 15, 4:20 p.m.): The L.A. Times' Dylan Hernandez tweeted Treanor is getting $850,000. The Dodgers' official Twitter tweeted Treanor will get a 2013 option.

I'm not in favor of this signing, but at least it lets Federowicz and Gorman Erickson do a little more marinating in the minors. For $1 million, it's hard to be too upset about it.


Any hope you had left of the Dodgers pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols should be just about gone with this article by Dylan Hernandez.
"Asked Tuesday of the possibility of adding a big bat this winter, General Manager Ned Colletti said, 'As of today, it looks less realistic.'

Fielder was at the top of the Dodgers’ wish list at the start of the winter, but Colletti said he has no meetings scheduled with Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras, at the general managers meetings in Milwaukee this week."

Now, that doesn't mean the Dodgers couldn't have a change of heart, but it's highly unlikely.

Too bad. Fielder would have looked awfully nice in Dodger Blue protecting Matt Kemp.


The Dodgers still want to bring back Hiroki Kuroda, reports Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com. However, if Kuroda leaves, guys like Jeff Francis, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang could interest the Dodgers.

If I can't have Kuroda, I'd rank the trio like this:

  1. Harang
  2. Capuano
  3. Francis
Harang is the best of the bunch -- by far. Capuano is a better version of Francis. He had a couple of solid seasons with the Brewers in 2005 and 2006, but that was a long time ago. Francis has been bad for three consecutive seasons. I'd pass on him.

Harang would cost the most, but would also be the best pitcher. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Capuano is the pick -- with or without Kuroda returning. Hell, if Kuroda doesn't return, maybe the Dodgers can grab both to limit Nathan Eovaldi's workload.


Kenley Jansen got two points in National League Rookie of Year voting yesterday. Craig Kimbrel won the award unanimously. My pick, Freddie Freeman, finished second. Brandon Beachy amazingly got zero votes. Hard to wrap my head around that one.

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