Los Angeles Dodgers Made the Wrong Gamble

8/31/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Los Angeles Dodger made headlines a week ago by pulling the trigger on a franchise-changing trade with the Boston Red Sox, absorbing the massive load of contractual obligations tied to players who have proven overpaid  over the last few seasons. 

Carl Crawford, the former Tampa Bay Ray snagged a $142 million deal from Boston two years ago and has played in a total of 31 games this season.  His contract was absorbed by the Dodgers, even though he wont set foot on the field before next season. 

Aug 26, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) bats during the game against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. The Marlins defeated the Dodgers 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIREJosh Beckett, the former World Series hero for the Red Sox (and the Marlins) has completely fell off the map of late as his ERA this season sits at 5.2, posting an overall record of 5-13 on the year. In fact, over his last three seasons, Beckett has eclipsed the 5.00 ERA point twice (with 2011 being the exception when he posted a 13-7 record and a 2.89 ERA).  He was shelled in his Dodger debut and took the loss, which may be a preview of what is to come over the last month of this season. 

Adrian Gonzalez, the bright spot of this trade, is still in the prime of his career. He is one of the top hitters in baseball and has power to balance the attack in a lineup that already features Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier. 

The Dodgers are holding out hope that Crawford and Beckett will return to form, which is almost like throwing a fishing pole into a fish-less pond. The Dodgers have a payroll above $180 million for the 2013 season and if the on-field play does not reflect their massive payroll, the Dodgers can expect empty seats and seasons without trips to the playoffs. 

The Dodgers pitching is inconsistent this year and the addition of Beckett will not fix the issue. Everyone knows pitching wins championships and without the quality rotation, the Dodgers offense is but a mere side point.  
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