Friday, August 27, 2010
Dodgers Should Keep Manny
--I don't see the sense in trading Manny Ramirez to the Chicago White Sox or anyone else before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline. I'm not dismissing the savings of $4 million, which might, at least, pay one of the lawyers in the McCourt's divorce case, and I'm not dismissing the possibility of the Dodgers acquiring a legitimate prospect or two in a deal. It's just that the Dodgers entered a weekend series with Colorado only five games back in the wild card race and they are a stronger team with Ramirez in the lineup, even if he doesn't hit home runs anymore. He makes Andre Eithier and Matt Kemp better, and a five game deficit can be wiped out in a week. Manny and the Dodgers will have their own divorce when the season ends, and isn't tolerating him for another month worth the shot at a post-season berth?
--Angel insiders remain irritated that Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee rejected a deal to Anaheim in July but accepted a deal to Atlanta in August. One big factor, of course, is that the Braves lead their division while the Angels were falling out of the race in July, unable to sustain a streak. Two other bigger factors: Lee did not want to move his family in mid-summer and he still had hopes that the Cubs could become a post-season threat in the National League Central. However, between July 24 and Aug. 18, when he accepted the trade to Atlana, the Cubs went 5-18, and that was enough to convice Lee they were dead (and he had a chance to join a team leading its division).