Originally Posted by jth1331
Like I said, it all depends on how the young guys play, but I think some are overrating the Dodgers. I think they made a mistake in signing Andruw Jones, for one. Go ahead and overpay for him.
Right now, theres too many Q's for me when looking at the Dodgers. Its not like they are the Giants though, but they will probably hang around in the playoff hunt, but will miss out.
The NL West is an iffy division to predict because with certain things happening, any team could make a run at the division. Well, except the Giants.
With the Dodgers, it just depends on how well some guys rebound from injuries and the youngins play this year.
Signing Andruw Jones was not a mistake for the Dodgers. They needed a slugger and they got a player who hit 51 home runs in 2005 and 41 dingers in 2006. He fell flat on his face last year, but keep in mind he turns 31 this April and has plenty of good baseball left in him.
The Dodgers gave Andruw a two-year contract. Why are you so concerned about them overpaying him? Last season the Dodgers had the highest payroll in the National League at $125 million. A two year contract is not going to financially cripple them.
I probably despise the Dodgers as much as you do, but I don't see where they have so many more question marks than the Rockies, Diamondbacks and Padres. Looking at their depth chart, they look solid at every position.
They are so deep, they have capable reserves in Andy LaRoche, Andre Ethier, Chin-Lung Hu and Tony Abreu to fill in for their veterans at third, left, short and second. Their starting rotation is seven strong. A fifth starter is more of a luxury than a necessity and the Dodgers have Jason Schmidt and Esteban Loaiza at that slot. That's depth. Their bullpen is outstanding.
On paper, they look as good as anybody in the division. They also have the manager in place to get the most of their talent.