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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Coming off the books

These are the players and their salaries who are in their contract years (last year in their contract):

Player Salary($)
Rafael Furcal 13,730,196
Jeff Kent 9,814,117
Derek Lowe 9,500,000
Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697
Brad Penny* 8,000,000
Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000
Gary Bennett 850,000

*Brad Penny has a club option at $8.5 million for 2009 that the Dodgers will definitely pick up.

The only person noteworthy enough for the Dodgers to resign is Furcal. Assuming that the Dodgers do resign him, the Dodgers will still free up over $36.5 million in their payroll. That is definitely enough money to sign another impact player. With Jones in his contract year + another impact player and the rest of the young Dodgers club, the Dodgers should have a legitimate shot at winning the world series in 2009.

I think there is going to be alot of debate over whether the Dodgers should resign Derek Lowe or not. Personally, I do not think they need to. First, Lowe is old, I believe he's going to be 35 by the end of his contract. Usually, pitchers do not get older when they get older (with exception of Clemens but he allegedly took a whole crapload of steriods). Secondly, his agent is Scott Boras who will definitely want a team to overpay for him. I don't think the Dodgers need to overpay in years and money to resign Lowe. Thirdly, we have three pitchers who should be ready for the majors by 2009: Kershaw, Elbert and MacDonald. Kershaw and Elbert (assuming he comes back from surgery in good condition) both have potential to be aces while MacDonald could be a very good #3 pitcher.

Once again, the future looks bright. extremely bright

4 comments:

Tyler Florence (Ty Flo) said...

Hey Randy!

My name is Tyler and I am a diehard mets fan. I saw you chating with someone at modernrooters.blogspot.com.. and I was just wondering if you would like to exchange links to put in our link lists?...

You can contact me at tyflomets4life@yahoo.com or at my blog, mets4life.blogspot.com

Thanks!

jerry said...

Hey randy I got one of those layouts for my blog Im using football Giants
I also tried linking u Your name Young sports shows up but should it let me go directly to your page
only way i can get here is if i look for your comment u left a while ago

Captain54 said...

Hey Randy Happy New Year basball will be here again in a month in a half
I finally linked u on my page It took me awhile to figure out
also I didnt realize u could search for people
Ok on my way to watch Giants now
Happy New Year!!
the captain
www.gersher.blogspot.com/

Marc said...

Hi there, fellow Dodgers' fan.

This is Marc, the same guy behind The Sports Lounge (The Forum).

This time, Randy, I'm taking blogging seriously and launching a brand-new blog covering the Tampa Bay Rays: http://raysbaseball.blogspot.com/

Would you like to link to each other?