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Pierre's Days With Dodgers May Be Numbered
The Orange County Register speculates this morning that Juan Pierre may be on the verge of losing his job after only one season with the Dodgers, which may force a trade. If true, the Dodgers will have received only one year of service for their $44MM investment.
Tony Jackson notes that with center field belonging to Andruw Jones, that leaves two spots for Pierre, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp. Ethier and Kemp have shown this spring that they may be ready for everyday jobs. Jackson also suggests that Pierre is not an ideal candidate for the bench even if the remaining 4 years and $36.5MM on his contract are discounted.
It was previously mentioned that Pierre may be willing to waive his no-trade clause, which limits the Dodgers to five teams. However the A's, one rumored destination, are not interested. If Pierre is traded, the Dodgers will most likely have to swallow a good portion of the remaining contract. Would the Mets get involved if talks with the Tigers and Jay fall through? Pierre might only cost them $24MM for the next four years and middling prospect.
Loose Circuits wrote:As a Kemp owner, how many games a week should I be expecting him to sit out? Also, is there a place that I'll be able to have advanced noticed when he sits out?
Bogey9906 wrote:Loose Circuits wrote:As a Kemp owner, how many games a week should I be expecting him to sit out? Also, is there a place that I'll be able to have advanced noticed when he sits out?
I think Kemp will start in RF the vast majority of games. If a trade is not made, then Pierre and Ethier will split time in left. Kemp may sit about one game a week at first, so more than a clear-cut starter, but he won't be in a platoon just against lefties.
As for knowing when he'll sit, I imagine Torre will come up with some sort of plan, but I'm expecting to have to check Yahoo before gametime to make the call on Kemp.
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