Los Angeles Dodgers 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 80-82

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Rod Barajas, Dioner Navarro
  • Infielders: Rafael Furcal, James Loney, Casey Blake, Juan Uribe, Jamey Carroll
  • Outfielders: Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Jay Gibbons, Marcus Thames, Tony Gwynn Jr, Gabe Kapler
  • Starters: Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland
  • Bullpen: Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Matt Guerrier, Ron Mahay, Ramon Tronosco, Kenley Jansen, Blake Hawksworth

Notable Signings

  1. Juan Uribe: 3 years, $21MM
  2. Jon Garland: 1 year, $5MM
  3. Matt Guerrier: 3 years, $12MM
  4. Marcus Thames: 1 year, $1MM
  5. Dioner Navarro: 1 year, $1MM

Notable Losses

  1. Russell Martin
  2. Scott Podsednik
  3. George Sherrill

Top Prospects

  1. Dee Gordon: SS
  2. Zach Lee: RHP
  3. Rubby de la Rosa: RHP

Key Position Battles

  • Left Field: Jay Gibbons vs. Marcus Thames vs. Tony Gwynn Jr. – The Dodgers appear to have a solid platoon situation shaping up in left field this season. Marcus Thames mashed off lefties last season for the Yankees and Jay Gibbons is his answer from the left side of the plate; the downside being that they are both defensive liabilities. Tony Gwynn Jr. had an awful showing in 2010 with a .204 batting average so he will likely be on the outside looking in on this one but he fits in nicely as a fourth outfielder given his versatility to play all three outfield positions. Left Field Pick: Jay Gibbons/Marcus Thames platoon

There is a new boss in Los Angeles and his name is Don Mattingly. He should be a shot of life into this young Dodger team that is still looking to tap into their potential. They will be headlined by a tremendous starting staff headed by the righty-lefty duo of Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw. Jon Garland, who will miss minimal time early in

18 Days until Opening Day 2011

the season, was added this offseason to deepen the rotation that already sported veterans Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda(both of whom’s contracts were renewed after 2010.) The Dodgers had high hopes in 2010 and were let down big time by their offense with Matt Kemp having a horrid down year and Andre Ethier and their catalyst Rafael Furcal miss time; not to mention the departed Manny Ramirez showing absolutely no power at the dish. Expect much better years from all three of these stars especially Kemp who can possibly get back to his 30-30 potential. The addition of Juan Uribe, coming off a career year at the age of 30, will add some needed pop to the order but it is reasonable to assume he will perform closer to his career averages this year. Not much more to write home about from the Dodgers offense; James Loney offers no power from the first base position and the will likely get very little production from their backstops Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro(not that they got very much from Russ Martin the past few years.) Regardless, of the struggles their offense has had in the recent past, expect a better showing in 2011. Jonathan Broxton and his fluctuating velocity scares me a bit but the addition of Matt Guerrier will add some stability to a bullpen that needed help. Keep an eye out for Kenley Jansen this season. He struck out 41 batters in 27 innings with the big club last year and the 23 year old fireballer is the closer of the future.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 88-74

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