TopicCody Bellinger

  • Fri 25th Sep 2020 - 3:56am

    At past Trade Deadlines, Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman has swung deals for the likes of marquee names Yu Darvish and Manny Machado. While you never know with Friedman, this Deadline is different because the Dodgers are so good and, as Freidman said, “so many teams are within squinting distance of a playoff spot.” “We're not looking around our team right now and saying, ‘We have an acute need at this position, let's get the best one that we can,'” he said Sunday on SportsNet LA. “Our mindset is just to be around the backboard for things and to get a feel for what's potentially moving and what the cost is. We don't want to be closed off to the possibility of something that might really make sense for us.”An important wrinkle to this year's Trade Deadline is that teams can only trade players who are part of their 60-man player pool (assigned either to the big league team or the alternate site). Clubs are permitted to include players to be named later in trades, however. Additionally, scouts have not been allowed to attend games in person, so all assessments of prospects have been done based on provided video and data and past knowledge. Hold: With “sell” off the table for the best team in baseball Mike Piazza Dodgers Jersey, Friedman's comments indicate they are a “hold” with an inclination to “buy,” but not an urgency. That said, Friedman gets a charge from designing trades with the complexity of a Rubik's Cube. He has engaged in some of the wildest salary dumps ever, but leading into the Mookie Betts extension, the Dodgers actually had been focused on ridding themselves of weighty contracts. What they want: While the perception of the Dodgers' starting rotation is deep and dominant, a check under the hood finds inexperience and inconsistency, which is not the normal formula for a World Series run. They might not miss David Price now, but in October? Hyun Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill are elsewhere. Dustin May, Gonsolin and Julio Urías are talents, but are they ready to win a ring? To get through three rounds of the postseason, the Dodgers will need more than Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Could they be tempted by offers for Lance Lynn or Mike Clevinger? Secondarily, while management loves the current catchers, a Yadier Molina or Salvador Perez might be the ticket. What they have to offer: It's unlikely the Dodgers would mess with any of the current key members of the active roster. Even though the Betts addition created a surplus of outfielders with Joc Pederson, AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor jockeying for at-bats, the universal designated hitter rule was almost custom-made for the Dodgers. More likely, they could deal from their deep cache of prospects, as they've been astute knowing which youngsters to keep and which ones are expendable. Names like Dennis Santana, DJ Peters Sandy Koufax Jersey, and Andy Pages have always drawn interest. The Dodgers placed All-Star pitcher Walker Buehler on the 10-day injured list with a finger blister on his pitching hand hours before he was scheduled to start Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Giants. Right-handed pitcher Mitch White was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Buehler on the roster, but manager Dave Roberts said the Game 2 starter was contingent on pitcher usage in Game 1. White has never pitched in the Major Leagues. “We have a lot of options,” Roberts said. Roberts said he expected Buehler to be able to return to the rotation next week when he is eligible on Sept. 2. Buehler's blister surfaced toward the end of his best start of the season on Friday night vs. Colorado, when he struck out 11, but also allowed three consecutive singles in his sixth and final inning of work Cody Bellinger Youth Jersey. Tony Gonsolin, who has been untouchable in three starts as the sixth starter, was unavailable to pitch Thursday because management had him throw 99 pitches in a Monday intrasquad game, presumably to prepare him for a weekend recall and start. “[The blister] was mild when we learned of it at the end of [Buehler's] start,” Roberts explained. “Our every intention was to have Walker make his start today. But as he played catch and in the ‘pen, it just didn't rebound or heal up or scar like we hoped. To play the game and have him start when we don't know what's going to happen, it just didn't make sense for us. That's kind of the thought behind it.” Buehler is 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in five starts, his second consecutive slow beginning to a season. He reported to Summer Camp behind the other starters because of the uncertainty of the beginning of the regular season, he said. To date he has allowed five home runs and nine walks in 25 innings, well above his career norms. Buehler, an All-Star last year, joined Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood as Dodgers starters who have been on the injured list this year. Also, David Price, considered to be the No. 3 starter when he was acquired, decided not to play this season. The Giants and Dodgers stood in solidarity with fellow MLB teams, deciding not to play at Oracle Park on Wednesday to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday. The NBA postponed its full slate of playoff games on Wednesday after the Bucks refused to take the court for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic. The Brewers, inspired by their fellow Milwaukee team, soon followed suit and voted unanimously to sit out their scheduled game against the Reds Jackie Robinson Dodgers Jersey. The Mariners also announced that they would not play on Wednesday against the Padres. The Dodgers and Giants released a joint statement supporting their players' decision: "Throughout our country's history, sport has been a powerful vehicle towards change. The Dodgers and Giants proudly join our players in the shared goal for a more equitable and just society." Major League Baseball also released a statement in support of its teams on Wednesday night: “Given the pain in the communities of Wisconsin and beyond following the shooting of Jacob Blake, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight. Major League Baseball remains united for change in our society and we will be allies in the fight to end racism and injustice Cody Bellinger Dodgers Jersey.” All WNBA games and five of six MLS games scheduled for Wednesday were also postponed. Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot seven times by a police officer. He survived the shooting but is paralyzed from the waist down. Giants manager Gabe Kapler opened his pregame Zoom session with reporters on Wednesday by expressing full support for the Bucks' decision to take a stand and said the Giants were having team-wide conversations on how to proceed with their game against the Dodgers. “Some things are bigger than sports, and I don't think it should require athletes needing to boycott playoff games to remind us Black Lives Matter and that police brutality is unacceptable and that systemic racism needs to be eliminated,” Kapler said. “What I believe in most is speaking out and taking strong action based on your beliefs. “I have the utmost respect for the players who are refusing to be silent about issues that are bigger than sports. Racism and police brutality are issues that we're not going to be silent about, either.” Kapler and several Giants players, including Mike Yastrzemski, Pablo Sandoval, Mauricio Dubón, Austin Slater, Trevor Gott and Chadwick Tromp, have been kneeling for the national anthem this year to protest police brutality and systemic racism in America following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May. Dodgers star Mookie Betts also took a knee during the national anthem on Opening Day. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw, who was scheduled to oppose Kevin Gausman on Wednesday, has also been outspoken in being more active in the fight against racial injustice and prominently appeared in the Dodgers' “In this Together” video last month.

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