Dodgers Raise the Bar With Trade

Adrian Gonzales gives the Los Angeles Dodgers a boost with a three-run home run against the Miami Marlins Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2012

Los Angeles- Are you ready to rumble? The Dodgers continue to cause ruckus throughout major league baseball.

The Dodgers has fired again, unloading four rounds of ammunition in a blockbuster trade with Boston that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers. If you think that’s maniacal, it gets worse; the Dodgers have now added $300 million dollars to their payroll in the last three weeks.

James Loney, who was drafted by the Dodgers in 2002, was shipped to Boston in the deal.

This says a lot about the Dodgers management, they’re playing to when now, not later, and they’re not being frugal about putting together a great team.

The good thing about the sport of baseball is you don’t have a salary cap. You can have six or seven studs on your roster, as long as you don’t mind cashing out. Teams only have two things to worry about-payroll and luxury tax, which obviously isn’t problematic for the Dodgers.

After not being able to buy any big names in free agency this summer, they made sure to be the center of attention before the trade deadline and waiver claims expired.

Centerfielder Matt Kemp is excited about the progress the Dodgers are making.

“I feel great about everything we’re doing,” Kemp said. “It gives us a lot of confidence to go out there and compete with some of the best teams in the National League.”

The fans of Los Angeles should really come out to Dodger Stadium and support the big blue. The Dodgers are doing everything in their power to earn their fans respect back. They’ve proven to be worthy; it’s been all action and no talk.

I don’t think anyone could have predicted the Dodgers shooting bullets this early. It takes time to rebuild and put a team together. But they are going after a championship right away without any delays. Five out of six players the Dodgers have acquired has played in an all-star game. That’s how serious the Dodgers are about winning.

As we all know baseball is one the most random sports.  The beginning of last week the Dodgers found themselves in a bit of a hole. They were swept by the Giants at home, falling two games behind for the number one spot in the NL West.

But by the weekend things were magnificent. On Saturday, Gonzalez made his debut as a Dodger. All he did in his first at-bat was blast a 3-run home run, putting the Dodgers up 4-1 against the Miami Marlins. Gonzalez was just the sixth Dodger player to ever hit a homerun on his first try.

“Gonzalez has been big for us and he’s only been with this club for three days,” Kemp said.

“He was one of the best hitters in the American League, and now he’s one of the best hitters in the NL    West, his presence is going to help us tremendously.”

Players aren’t wasting anytime coming in and being productive. The numbers don’t lie; the Dodgers have six home runs in the last three games. Two of those home runs are from newcomers Hanley Ramirez and Gonzalez.

 

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