Let’s keep this simple, because clearly that’s what so many of you do best. When people consider the
A well of wealth so deep that no one is certain where it ends. It presumably just keeps going through the planet and on into the cosmos.
And now the Dodgers have a problem, the seriousness of which is unknown. Optimists would say closer
He had surgery on his left foot Tuesday, not his right arm, so there's reason to believe the sky is not falling. It is his landing foot, however, and he's going to be on crutches for approximately 10 days and then a walking boot up to four weeks, so you might want to trend toward the negative side on this, or at least at being overly careful.
The Dodgers have their in-house candidates to temporarily replace Jansen --
Which is why the Dodgers should sign
Would either be a perfect solution? Probably not, but perfect is not showing up this late. You search for the best you can pull off.
The Dodgers have to either cobble together a closer from a heavily remade bullpen or sign one. The could trade for
It would be much simpler -- see how I think of you? -- to sign a free-agent closer.
It would cost, but money is the Dodgers' great resource. And it's not like they don't already have a record payroll. After all that, do you really want to gamble the start of the season on an uncertain closer? Kind of an important piece.
Soriano was terrific to start the season last year for the
He's 35 and might have worn down. That doesn't mean he won't be strong early, which is when the Dodgers would really need him. He doesn't throw as hard as he once did, but he still averaged 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings last season, close to his career average (9.1).
Rodriguez is 33 and saved 44 games last season for the Brewers, same number as Jansen. He may use his change-up much more than when he was an Angels phenom throwing that wicked slider. Still, he had a career-low 0.985 WHIP last season and struck out 9.7 per nine innings.
Both would presumably like to be signed to a multiyear deal as a closer. But camps are opening and that window may have narrowed to the point where they'd come to the Dodgers to at least start as the closer and pitch on a team expected to win.
Soriano may be the best fit, and it should be noted he was