Dodger Thoughts: Jon Weisman looks at the potential for Matt Kemp to become a Dodger legend.
MLB: John Ely and Carlos Monasterios are off the 40-man roster. The Dodgers then added five minor leaguers to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.
The Dodgers added left-hander Michael Antonini, outfielder Alex Castellanos and right-handers Stephen Fife, Josh Wall and Chris Withrow.
Interesting choices that I’ll be looking at later.
MSTI: Mike Petriello looks at the monetary commitments for the Dodgers in 2012 and wonders if anything is left.
Keith Law: Keith Law points out that Matt Kemp’s signing is a step forward, but the 2012 team is far from finished.
Even in a weak division with no clear front-runner, that doesn’t seem like enough to put them over the top unless they get a breakout season or two from unexpected quarters. Kemp is a great first step and good news long-term for the Blue Man Group, but they have a lot more work to do if they want to contend next year.
Yeah, the signing itself is definitely a move for the future, and depending on how the pitching staff shakes out, this could be a worse team in 2012.
MSTI: The Dodgers are a sabermetric team now? Nope.
Beyond The Box Score: Takes a close look at the all-time “True Dodgers” team.