Tis The Season For Ridiculous Trade Rumors

Tis the season for ridiculous trade rumors, fa la la la, la la la la. Tis the season for malarkey, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la. Boy these rumors are annoying, fala, ala la, la ,la. Tis the season for speculation, fa lala, la la la la.

Every season the hot stove trade rumors get crazier, and more ridiculous than the season before, and this year is not disappointing in that regard, even though we are only just a few weeks into the offseason. Some writers are suggesting some really idiotic moves. Because the Dodgers are bound to make these trades because ya know, I wrote an article, and I say so. Of course. Let’s go over and debunk some of the more ludicrous trade speculations, and I don’t mean of the famous rapper variety.

Ridiculous trade # 1- Joc Pederson, Zach Lee, Julio Urias, Corey Seager, and Chris Withrow to Tampa Bay for pitcher David Price

No, the Dodgers are not trading me-Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

No, the Dodgers are not trading me-Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

This is one of the most ridiculous, outlandish trade rumors I have heard in some time. So get this, the Dodgers should empty out their entire farm system, trading not one, not two, but four of their top organizational prospects to the Rays just for David Price. Why the Dodgers would want to do this is beyond me. Of course this trade has a better chance of happening than me striking gold in my living room, but it doesn’t mean it’s likely to happen. Although, according to some of the stuff I’ve read online, it could happen. Nods head.

Yeah, it’s not going to happen.  Why would the Dodgers trade their entire farm system for one pitcher? Seager, and Lee are very close to being big league ready, and why is poor Withrow getting thrown in for no reason. I haven’t even touched on that. Sure Price is good, but he’s not that good. He’s not Clayton Kershaw, or Sandy Koufax good. Also consider this, the Rays don’t have to even move Price. He has two more years of arbitration remaining. He’s not a free agent until 2016 I believe. There is no reason for the Rays to trade him right now. The Dodgers already have two aces anyways. This trade would make no sense for the Dodgers. The Dodgers would be better off signing Masahiro Tanaka or something, and oh I don’t know, maybe keeping the last few top prospects they have in their farm system. I’m going to bet that a Tampa Bay fan came up with this trade idea.

Stupid hot stove trade # 2- Yasiel Puig to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton

At least this one doesn’t involve emptying out the farm system of our top talent. But this is still a stupid trade idea. Stanton still has several years of team control left, and Puig is under contract. So why would the Dodgers want to make this trade? I have no idea. This is a trade I keep hearing people bring up online a lot. One lame excuse is because the Dodgers don’t know if Puig’s “style of play will age well”. What the hell does that even mean? Don’t know if his style of play will age well my butt. Get out of here with this. Yeah guys, I don’t know if Puig’s talent will age well. (laughter breaks out). Maybe his talent could use a viagra?

I hear and read about many lame excuses as to why this would be a good idea. Here’s another stupid excuse. “Puig could save Miami Baseball!” Oh boy, then where do I sign up! Golly gee, because that’s what the Dodger brass are worried about. Not improving the club and maintaining their players, but instead saving Miami Baseball! Can you believe someone actually said this in print? I get it though. Let me tell you this, Puig is not going anywhere. There is a better chance of Puig sprouting wings and flying then the Dodgers trading him, let alone trading him to the Marlins for Stanton. There is a better chance of Britney Spears proclaiming her love for me than the Dodgers trading Puig.

We know the Dodgers may end up trading one of their other outfielders however. The club is willing to listen on offers for Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Carl Crawford, but not for Puig. And that doesn’t even mean that any of those guys will be moved. No disrespect to Stanton, but Puig is an all-around more complete player anyways with his speed, defense, and cannon throwing arm. Stanton is a good player, but he is no Puig. And no, the Dodgers don’t have to “clear space”. As a matter of fact, the Dodgers don’t have to trade anyone.

Kemp may not be actually playing in Baseball games anymore, but he never lost his sense of humor-Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Stupid rumor # 3- Ricky Nolasco wants like 80 billion dollars for being mediocre or something

If the 2013 season taught us anything, it’s that Ricky Nolasco is as mediocre as they come. I’m not even taking into consideration his last four horrible starts with the Dodgers. If you look at his numbers, the impressive strikeout to walk ratios mask the fact that he is extremely hittable. You have a guy with a career 9.5 hit per nine rate, and a 4.37 ERA. Nolasco finished with an ERA of 3.70 this season. That’s the first time he’s had an ERA under 4.40 since 2008. And this guy wants 80 million dollars. No joke. Forget about the lame pitch sequences, or his flat hittable fastball with no movement. This guy wants 80 million. The funny thing is, he’ll probably get it too. As long as it’s not from the Dodgers, then I don’t care.

Stupid offseason rumors # 4- Alexander Guerrero will start the 2014 season in the minors

I thought we went through this before with Puig this last season? Let’s get one thing straight, the Dodgers don’t pay minor leaguers 28 million dollars. Just like they don’t pay minor leaguers 42 million dollars.  Do you think it was a good idea that Puig languished and wasted two months in Chatanooga last season? Let me ask you, do you think Puig is a minor leaguer now?

They said the same thing about Puig, and Hyun-jin Ryu. Remember? They said they would not be ready for the grand stage of major League Baseball. Were Puig and Ryu ready this season for major league action? What do you think? These are still professional players. They’ve played on big stages before. These are not minor leaguers. Alexander Guerrero is not a minor leaguer. The Dodgers aren’t paying him 28 million dollars to play second base for the Isotopes. Yes I know it’s been some kind of indeterminate amount of time since he’s actually played in games, but he’ll be ready by opening day. That’s what spring training is for. They don’t need to ease him in. This guy is a professional. Again, you don’t pay a minor leaguer 28 million dollars. Rest assured, Guerrero will be the Dodger’s starting second baseman on opening day of 2014.

As the hot stove season goes on, I am sure many more stupid rumors will surface. As they do, I will be here to debunk them all.

Oh hey did you hear the Dodgers are shopping Clayton Kershaw to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman, and Shin-Soo Choo? Kershaw could revive Cincinnati Baseball! Ok, Ok you got me. Jokes! That’s the kind of nonsense we’ve been hearing about for the last two weeks. Now doesn’t it sound silly? Now watch the Dodgers go and trade Puig to Seattle for Felix Hernandez or something.

Tags: Andre Ethier Carl Crawford Clayton Kershaw Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp Yasiel Puig Zach Lee

  • Robert Kaufman

    Well, Scott, Not only do I agree with you, but I like your direct style. I love Ethier, but reality says he is the one to trade, given age, health, and contract. He is most marketable. I would like to get the best young third base prospect around for him, or maybe Prado if we could make a deal with a team in our own division. We can live with a rotation of Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, and (Billingsley, Becket, Fife, or even Volquez — pick two), but we cannot live without a solid third baseman and a happy Hanley at short (where he wants to be).

    • LasordasLair

      Thanks! I think there is a chance they trade Ethier if they get a decent offer for him, but age and health all play a part into what we could get back from him. Make no mistake Im a huge Ethier fan, so I would rather they not trade him than trade him, but I know they may end up trading him anyways. Is Prado a free agent this year?
      You know they still could sign Tanaka, or possibly go after a more reasonably priced solid acquisition like a Bronson Arroyo type. They still have Fife, and Lee is waiting in the wings. Not sure if Bills would be ready by spring, but I think we have to count on him not being ready. I think Beckett is cooked. Would you bring back Uribe?
      I agree about not moving Hanley. am so against moving Hanley from shortstop. You should ceck out my article I wrote about leaving Hanley at short. I would not move Hanley for any reason.

  • Robert Kaufman

    No, Prado is in the 2d year of a 4 year contract. It would require a trade within our own division, which is what makes it tough. Headley, on the other hand, just finished a one year 8.6M contract, so he may be available if he did not re-sign without my noticing. Or is he still under team control? Anyway, no Uribe, please, unless we get a bargain one year contract. Too old for a long term contract or substantial financial investment. Also, he has a history of only having good years when it is the last year of a contract. I think maybe trading Andre for the best 3B prospect we can find is the thing. All the free agent 3d basemen are too old or not good (unless Headley is available). On the other hand, can Guerrero play third? If so, there are some pretty decent free agent 2d basemen available. You are right about Lee and Fife, and that may end up being the way to go if Bills is not ready. Do you think Volquez would sign a relatively inexpensive one year contract as insurance? He looked decent (not great, but decent) at the end of the regular season. Better bet than $80M for Nolasco. I also think we should make a serious run at Wilson. I’d love to have Wilson and Jansen both in the 8th and 89th all next year. But Wilson may be too expensive.

    • LasordasLair

      Headley has another year of arbitration and then can hit free agency in 2015. You wouldn’t bring Uribe back on like a one year deal? I wouldn’t mind bringing Uribe back as long as it’s on a one year deal, and not some three year long term or something. I think Guerrero has played third before, but im not sure how much experience he has at third. I wouldn’t be surprised if Volquez stuck with the Dodgers. Money isn’t the problem, it’s that there are only so many roster spots available. I would love to see the Dodgers bring back Wilson. He was very good and is a perfect set-up guy for Jansen.

      • Quasimodo

        LOLZ! My Brother Scott, I mean really! Yep, you had me chuckling reading your post. You were really angry when you formed your story. Haaaaa! I think the ‘trade Puig for Stanton’ suggestions started by a couple friends over on Mark’s site and got picked up by MLBN as I heard them talking about it. I’m not as angry as you are about it (LOL) I just said I’d be against it (as if the Dodgers F/O care what I’ve got to say about things). I also added it won’t happen because Stanton could never sell the seats that Puig does. You and I were on the same page about Yasiel to the bigs now back then. That’s where my “predict the roster for May” in early April came from. I was certain Puig would be in the bigs before May. Maybe Dodgers F/O should care about my 2 cents. Oh yeah, Roger’s 4 man rotating outfield is here to stay. Cheers! I really enjoyed this story.

        • LasordasLair

          Hey Quasi! I’m not really mad or anything, In just think some of these wild trade ideas are retarded. Especially ones where Puig is mentioned in trades. The Puig for Stanton thing is really lame. I’m sorry but it is. The logic makes no sense. We dont have to trade one of our best players to the Marlins just because some people think he’ll “save Miami Baseball”. And the Price trade speculations are even more retarded. Trade the entire farm system. Cool, good idea there. lolz. Well I;m glad you enjoyed the article Quasi. How you doing by the way? Hope all is good with you.

          • Quasimodo

            Thanks for asking, Scott. Been play’n a lot of lo-stakes poker because most of the Dodger yapping is us all repeating ourselves. Ditto about re-signing Uribe, even for two years. Lyons let us in on Juan being hurt prior to this last season. He taught us that ‘crow’ can taste very good. I have to admit Mr Uribe made me a big fan of his. He really is a very good sport.

      • Robert Kaufman

        No, I DO agree with you about Uribe on a ONE year deal. My thought was that he only produces in the last year of a contract and is also too old for a multi year deal. So, again, you and I are in sync.

  • Josh Baker

    I could not agree more. It seems this year each rumor is worse than the last. Great article! I particularly love when they name specific players that they are willing to listen to offers for. I can picture Stan and Ned sitting in their office with their fingers in their ears, shaking their heads saying, “bla-bla-bla I can’t hear you!” Every time a trade offer is proposed for any of their other players.

  • Dodgers78_4life

    All this s**t was started by Ken Rosenthal. He’s the 1 writing about how the Dodgers should move 1 of the 3 OF now Puig. It seems like he has nothing better to do after the Dodgers told him to get the he’ll out of their clubhouse. Do not trade any of them you will need them all throughout the year. They are injury prone. Unless Joc Pederson hits 1.000 then move somebody. No 1 is going to hand the Dodgers anything for Kemp, Ethier, or Crawford. If they move 1 of them they will be stuck paying those contracts for years to come(Manny Ramirez,Andrew Jones,Bobby Bonilla)…….Stay Classy Dodger Fan’s