Thursday, March 27, 2008

'08 RAPs: Los Angeles Dodgers

At the end of last season the Dodgers found themselves failling to hold onto their spot atop the NL West. After that kind of collapse, of course, it is necessary to have a good off-season. Despite only making a few moves, Ned Colletti had a very efficient winter.
Here are the Dodgers' winter moves:
-Signed outfielder Andruw Jones to a two-year contract.
-Hired Joe Torre as manager.
-Signed catcher Gary Bennett, who had been with the St. Louis Cardinals, to a one-year contract.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Brad Penny
SP2: Derek Lowe
SP3/4: Hiroki Kuroda/Chad Billingsly
SP5: Esteban Loaiza
CL: Takashi Saito
SUM: Johnathan Broxton

C: Russell Martin
1B: James Loney
2B: Jeff Kent
SS: Rafael Furcal/Chin-lung Hu
3B: Tony Abreu/Nomar/Delwyn Young
LF: Andre Ethier/Matt Kemp/Juan Pierre
CF: Andruw Jones
RF: Matt Kemp/Andre Ethier

Easiest- The Dodgers will not make the playoffs.
Boldest- The Dodgers will have the worst rotation in the NL West.
Team MVP/Best Hitter- Andruw Jones (35-40 HR, 90-100 RBI, .260-.270 AVG.)
Best Pitcher/Breakout Player- Johnathan Broxton (20-25 sv., sub 1.50 ERA, 12 K/9)

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