Sources: McCourt nixed Dodgers' possible trade for SabathiaBy Tony Jackson, Staff WriterArticle Last Updated: 07/07/2008 08:23:18 PM PDT
Shortly after the Milwaukee Brewers finalized a trade for reigning American League Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia on Monday, the Daily News learned that sometime in the days leading up to that deal, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt nixed a trade that would have brought Sabathia to Los Angeles, along with Indians third baseman Casey Blake and utility man Jamey Carroll.
McCourt's reason was financial, according to multiple industry sources. But that is a charge McCourt flatly denied.
"It's just totally false," he said. "The players didn't match up, and that's just the way it was."
All three players are potential free agents in the fall, although Carroll's contract includes a club option for next season. The 2008 base salaries of Sabathia ($9 million), Blake ($6.1 million) and Carroll ($2.15 million) total $17.25 million, a figure that drops to somewhere between $8 million and $9 million with more than half the season already gone.
Carroll also has a $150,000 buyout on his $2.5 million option for 2009.
It is unclear which players the Dodgers would have given up to acquire the trio. But with the defending AL Central champion Indians presently in last place and holding out little hope of getting back into contention, it is a reasonable assumption that package would have consisted of young players not making much more than the major-league minimum of $390,000.
"Trades are complicated, and (the Indians) weren't just going to give us three players," McCourt said. "They were asking for something in return. The point being that in this deal, the give and the get just didn't match up."
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti declined to confirm any part of the report.
"Trades are complex," Colletti said. "There is no one ingredient that goes into making a trade, and really, there is no one ingredient that goes into not making a trade. As far as the McCourts are concerned, I don't think anybody in this organization doubts that they are in it to win. For proof of that, all you have to do is look at the investment they have made in the stadium and in the baseball team."
McCourt also denied that the decision to kill the trade was his alone.
"Ned and I were on the same page," he said.
The Indians are looking to fill several holes for the future, with a corner outfielder believed to be high on their wish list. That probably means power-hitting Matt Kemp, arguably the Dodgers' hottest commodity as the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline nears, would have been included in the deal.
It also is unclear whether the Indians would have been willing to pay a portion of the salaries of the players the Dodgers would have been acquiring. If not, the trade presumably would have pushed the Dodgers' payroll to somewhere between $125 and $130 million.
The trade potentially would have filled two glaring needs on the left side of the Dodgers' infield. The club basically has been forced to improvise at third base since March 7, when Nomar Garciaparra suffered a right hand injury that kept him out until mid-April. And there is no guarantee shortstop Rafael Furcal, who underwent surgery last week for the partial removal of a bulging disc from his lower back, will return this season.
Mostly, though, acquiring Sabathia would have provided a tremendous lift to an already solid starting rotation and possibly given the Dodgers the flexibility to deal either Brad Penny or Derek Lowe, two veteran starters who are potential free agents in the fall.
No, I can't blame him.
But, the hiring of AJ was not well thought out IMO. 16 or 18 mill for a guy on the decline is insane if you ask me.
Not totally accurate - May, Santana, Elbert, Meloan, McDonald.
All of the above are either pitchers or catchers.
McCourt did not deny it. He denied that it was called off for financial reasons. He also said it was not just him but also Colletti who agreed with him.
But the basics were not denied.
I don't think that the idea that he and Colletti were on the same page makes sense, though.
We still have some very good prospects who, despite still being overshadowed by the guys who are now young major leaguers, are nothing to sneeze at. Guys like McDonald, DeJesus, Meloan and Elbert. Even this Carlos Santana who came out of nowhere. Technically, even guys like Kershaw and Laroche are still "prospects" even though Kershaw is untouchable and Laroche probably won't be moved.
Plus, after all that, the next wave is very young but will be in high demand in just a year or two. Guys like Withrow, Lambo, Orr, Baez, Adkins and Morris.
So, after saying "no" to giving up our young major leaguers (Kemp, Loney, Martin, Billingsley, Ethier), we can still offer a plethora of good to very good prospects in the right deal in line with what pretty much most other teams can offer.
doesn;t make much sense...they are worried about expiring contracts..of hardly nothing..compared to what they pay pierre, jones, and schmidt..
also mccourt nixed the trade?..i'm not going to pretend that owners don't get involved..but if mccourt is calling the shots..what is ned doing?
ehhh, i like May, bu the's not making anyone forget Martin at Jax, and Santana is in A ball. Out side of a couple of pitchers we have no good prospects at AA or above and few in the low minors.
"He also said it was not just him but also Colletti who agreed with him."
"I don't think that the idea that he and Colletti were on the same page makes sense, though. "
Sounds like the exact same page to me What part of sentence #1 did you have trouble understanding? Or is it just more fun to complain?
"So, after saying "no" to giving up our young major leaguers (Kemp, Loney, Martin, Billingsley, Ethier), we can still offer a plethora of good to very good prospects in the right deal in line with what pretty much most other teams can offer"
Not exactly a "plethora" of very good prospects down on the farm. Santana who you mentioned is in A ball as is Lambo (low A), and neither you or anybody else will see them within 4-5 yrs in a Major League Stadium.
The only elite prospect we have is Kershaw and with his major league playing time calling him a "prospect" is debateable. Before this year and its injury wave, you cold have added Laroche and Dewitt. At his moment we have no player in the minors in the top 100 .