The Dodgers' deadline-day acquisition of slugger
In all their dealings this trading season, the Dodgers haven't acted like they are comfortably in front in a surprisingly impressive NL West. They imported solid innings-eater
According to people familiar with the last two deals, Colletti got the trading teams to send over seven-figure inducements in both trades, and though Colletti characterized L.A.'s increase in payroll as being not insignificant (the rise is also in the seven figures), it does appear that a decent amount of the paying will be done by the trading teams. This is the second straight trading season in which the Dodgers have managed to improve their team sharply while keeping to owner
Colletti's knack for negotiation was honed as Giants GM
Colletti took advantage of surprisingly thin markets for Thome and especially Garland, who was 3-1 with a 3.89 ERA in August (the Rockies and Yankees showed some interest in him), reworking 20 percent of his first-place team's roster this trading season. On their side of the ledger, in addition to Thome and Garland, are also starter
The White Sox's last-minute decision to attempt to unload a few veterans with hefty salaries altered deadline day for the entire NL West, as the Rockies and Giants are locked below the Dodgers in the best race of the year and more desperate for immediate help. (Like the Dodgers, the Rockies took advantage of White Sox GM
When he saw Thome's name on the list of available ChiSox, Colletti acted immediately. The two men were soon speaking about the veteran's stomach to become mostly a bench player, and while Thome told Colletti he wasn't confident in his first-base play, he anxiously waived his no-trades rights to go to a bona fide contender, reinforcing Colletti's belief in Thome's persona and obvious will to win.
The Dodgers also have done a pretty nice job of protecting the jewels of an ultra-productive farm system in their dealings, and the only regrettable inclusion to date in the dozens of deals that Colletti has made in Los Angeles was pitcher
The NL West was where all the action was at the Aug. 31 trade deadline, and here's a summary of what the other contenders in that division did ...
• Competing execs believe that the Mariners are going to try hard to lock up
• The Rays did well to get the Angels to pay the $22.5 million remaining on
• Three teams showed interest in Brewers center fielder
• The timing of the extension for Royals GM
• Meanwhile, Colletti and Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd, who is also doing a terrific job, still haven't had their contracts extended with mere weeks to go before they can become free agents. Colletti suggested in the interview on Tuesday that he likes working for the Dodgers and hopes to continue to do so.
• The first round of bids are in for the Texas Rangers and someone with some knowledge of the bids said, "the wining bid hasn't been submitted yet.'' In other words, the bids aren't exactly big. Here's my suggestion for a fair price: double the $252-million A-Rod contract, which would be $504 million.
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