Dodgers Need To Get Aggressive, Says Sirius XM MLB Radio Host
It’s been an off-season short on excitement thus far for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Recently, the lack of impact moves had a writer questioning their end goal. Certainly the Dodgers are the best team in the NL West, but the neat colored pennants that fly are not ones of division crowns each year.
Now, MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM host C.J. Nitkowski says that the Dodgers need another star. In fact, he just comes out and says that Los Angeles needs to get aggressive. Have a listen below, and pay attention to the fact that he is counting on Dustin May making the rotation along with his remarks.
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— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 24, 2019
First, David Price’s name resurfaces once again. Of course the association between the Dodgers and Price is really veiled by his time with president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman in Tampa.
“Always when I go back to when I talk about the Dodgers, Andrew Friedman knows David Price very well. But he is 34 years old, there are some issues there. It was an average year for him. Strikeouts are still really good – would he benefit from going to the National league for the first time in his career?”
Then – Nitkowski drops the hammer and says that in spite of having May – the Dodgers must be aggressive at this stage.
“At this point, they gotta get a little aggressive. I know that fans in Los Angeles excited about the idea of Dustin May. But those three guys at the bottom of the rotation, those are three swing men. They’re not gonna give those guys 32 starts a year, especially Urias and Stripling. That’s not how they use them.”
Finally, Nitkowski closes with his main point; that the Dodgers could use one more rotation veteran.
“Even with Dustin May if he gets into the rotation, I would be very interested in trading for David Price or Robbie Ray.”
Obviously, the organization agrees with Nitkowski somewhat given the fact they were active in the Gerrit Cole and Madison Bumgarner market. While the names can be interchangeable, do the Dodgers need to be aggressive in getting more pitching? Or just another impact player?
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Only way Dodgers take Price is if Mookie Betts is in the same deal and Boston takes back Kenta Maeda and AJ Pollock back as part of the trade. Robbie Ray would be a nice add, but AZ is not going to trade him to the Dodgers.
ON MLBN this AM they were discussing how it most likely be that Boston won’t be able to actually deal Betts because of having only 1 year of control. It just makes it tougher to try and move a player on verge of FA. But yes, Betts would have to be in same deal because I doubt Dodgers take price by himself.
Betts won’t be traded – he’s too valuable to Boston for what he could fetch with 1 year remaining – but I agree, I wouldn’t take Price without Betts either.
David Price is a mistake he is on the downside of his career.
Agree, just an overpriced name at this point. And I felt the same way about Bumgarner to be honest.
Ray would be like every dodger killer that comes here. Do absolutely nothing and be injured half the time
Neither one of these guys interest me very much. If they can’t get Lindor, how about just Clevinger? Would Ruiz, Pederson, and another prospect get that done?
Price is the baggage, a salary dump you don’t give up any real prospects for. Betts is the guy that can get you over the hump. If you can get Betts then you can take his ugly sister to the dance too.
Comment made me smile. Does Mookie have a sister?
Getting Price isn’t aggressive, it’s stupid! Nitkowski must have taken one too many to the head when he was a.player. Just a dumb statement. And no the Dodgers don’t need to get aggressive, whatever that means. Improve the team, yes, make a big blockbuster.move so guys on SM radio have something to talk about and criticize, no!
Look let’s be honest , this Dodger team as is now is mediocre at best, Everyone talks about how good the farm system is but there is not much chance that all will contribute this year. The current starting rotation has taken a huge hit and the bullpen is still a huge question mark.We year Shapiro saying they are good enough right now , well we all know that is ridiculous.I am hoping that this is just smoke and mirrors. If the Dodgers dont win the series this year it is because the front office covets profit over winning!
This Dodger team is better than mediocre, but not as good as 106 wins would suggest. R
emember, they play half their games in the weakest NL division. I felt that they were overrated, and the Nationals were underrated–and, regrettably, I was right.
Biggest obstacle to playoff, WS success is Dave Roberts, who is adequate during a long season, but lacks the critical thinking skills, needed in do or die games. Check out 2017, 2018 WS, and 2919 NLDS.
For the record, I have celebrated, and grieved with the Dodgers for 75 years. My favorite, and, ungrammatical expression is “I love me my Dodgers”.