Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Post About Rumors. Martin, Varitek, Damon and more.

It might be a very interesting day!

What's going to happen with Russell Martin? The Dodgers have until 9pm tonight to offer Martin a 2011 contract. My prediction is that the Dodgers will sign him. I keep going back and forth on what the Dodgers will do. I think he's back.

It's not what I want though. If the Dodgers do bring Martin back, they should sign another veteran catcher to split time. It's not going to work anymore to have Martin catch 135 games.

Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com has more. {linked here}

Russell Martin, who squats for a living, is coming off a broken hip, another down season offensively and figures to earn $6 million through the arbitration process if he is tendered a contract, which is why the Dodgers probably won't tender him a contract by Thursday's deadline.

On the other hand, they've spoken with agent Matt Colleran even though Martin hasn't started running or squatting. The club presumably is willing to take the risk of signing Martin before the deadline if there's a discount, even though talks also have been held with free-agent catchers Miguel Olivo, A.J. Pierzynski, Jason Varitek and Bengie Molina in search of a veteran to pair with A.J. Ellis.

Jason Varitek!? Yikes!

And of course, the Dodgers will not offer George Sherrill a contract. Dodgers are expected to tender contracts to their other arbitration-eligible players, Chad Billingsley, Hong-Chih Kuo and James Loney.

Even though the production of Loney is lacking, I'm assuming the Dodgers will tender him a contract. 

Red Sox interested in Martin? From Boston Herald. {linked here}

Tonight’s deadline to tender arbitration doesn’t hold a great deal of suspense as far as Red Sox players are concerned.

What happens with the Los Angeles Dodgers and catcher Russell Martin is another story.

The Sox’ catching position remains fluid, even with young Jarrod Saltalamacchia being prepped for a starting role someday. The team, though, has long admired Martin’s catching and hitting skill set, which has been hindered by injuries the last three seasons in Dodgerland.

A hairline fracture in Martin’s right hip, sustained in August, and a $5.05 million salary that can be reduced by only 20 percent this season are reasons why Los Angeles is hedging on tendering him arbitration.

Admired? Well maybe the beginning of his career. But those last few years have been sad to watch. However, I've always thought of Martin as a east coast type player (whatever that means).

In other news....

The Dodgers do need a Left Fielder. I don't see the Dodgers opening camp with Jay Gibbons as the leading candidate to be the Opening Day starter. Right?

I've been trying to avoid this rumor since I read about it last week but it keeps popping up.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports - {linked here}

The Dodgers likely would want assurances Johnny Damon was in good enough shape to play the outfield, but the team’s current left fielder, Jay Gibbons, also is below-average defensively.
Damon would carry added value as a positive influence for the club’s younger players, and new manager Don Mattingly is familiar with him from their days together with the Yankees.

Damon is 37 years old. No power, can't steal anymore, declining player. I don't think so...

But since I said no, I'm sure the Dodgers will sign Damon. :/