Sunday, December 30, 2012

Don't worry, the Dodgers aren't getting Kyle Lohse, plus other news and links

The Hot Stove is cooling down a bit, but some are doing their best to keep it going. Like Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Cafardo came up with this gem today regarding Kyle Lohse and the Dodgers.
"The Dodgers may jump in, even with Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang slated for the back end of the rotation."
Lazy journalism strikes again.

First, the speculation is unsourced, likely a concoction of Cafardo's own doing. Second, there's no mention of that Zack Greinke guy. Third, Capuano and Harang are slated for trades, not the end of the rotation (all quiet on that front as of now).

Naturally, MLB Trade Rumors picked it up. However, it didn't make as big a deal about as CBS Sports did.
"He would be an upgrade for the Dodgers over Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang, both of whom they have already attempted to trade. The team's rotation is already crowded, however, so it's unclear if they would actually spend a significant amount of money for the 34-year-old Lohse."

Don't worry, folks, the Dodgers aren't signing Lohse. It makes less sense now than it did before the team signed Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Oh, and there's also the draft pick the Dodgers would lose by signing him.

I don't have to write about this, but it'd be nice if I didn't even have to hear about this nonsense.

Dodger links

Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness suggested some kind of Capuano-for-J.J. Hardy deal. Makes a lot of sense on paper.

Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. looked at Bill James' 2013 projections for Dodgers' starting pitchers. Ryu is missing because he's yet to pitch in the majors.

Mike Newman of FanGraphs wrote about Onelki Garcia and Chris Reed. I "blurbed," (to use his word) about these two videos (and his Joc Pederson one) on Wednesday.

David Larulia of FanGraphs had an informative Q&A with Reed. Bright kid (Stanford guy and all), but I still don't see him sticking in a rotation long-term.

Marc Hulet of FanGraphs posted his Top 15 Dodger prospects. Some curious choices and thin write-ups.

Pete Sorice of Catcher Interference questioned whether Orel Hershiser or Tim Leary was the Dodgers' ace in 1988. Looking at the numbers, it's a valid question. It doesn't really matter, though, as the Dodgers were baseball's best that season (despite not having the best talent).

Chris Jackson of the Albuquerque Examiner wrote about the Dodgers' signing of Dallas McPherson. The last time McPherson was an Isotope (with the Marlins), he hit 42 home runs, so there's that.

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