Dodgers File Bankruptcy

  • If the JP Morgan Chase DIP financing is approved, then the Dodgers should have the resources to meet their upcoming June 30 payroll. I think all expect that this financing will be quickly approved.
  • Under baseball’s Constitution, Commissioner Selig has the right to seize control of any team that files for bankruptcy. However, Selig’s power here will be trumped (at least for the moment) by the “automatic stay” that is a part of any business bankruptcy. The bankruptcy filing will insure that McCourt gets to run the Dodgers, for a while longer at least. To seize control of the Dodgers, MLB and the other creditors of the Dodgers will have to show fraud or gross mismanagement on the part of McCourt, and making this case will require a substantial amount of legal work (motions, filings, arguments) that would take some time to accomplish.
  • Circled in blue on the chart below are the five Dodger companies that have filed for bankruptcy. These companies own the Dodgers team, and Dodger Stadium.
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A closer look at Nick Swisher’s up and down season

After starting the season in a miserable slump, Nick Swisher ended Sunday’s game batting a respectable .245/.366/.412. While that is far from where many had hoped he would be after nearly half the season, entering Sunday’s game that line translated to a 109 OPS+ and a .342 wOBA. Neither stat is as solid as what Swisher posted last season, but he’s  not far from his career numbers of 116 and .356, respectively.

Swisher’s troubles have been due entirely to his lefthanded swing. Entering Sunday’s game he was a .429 righthanded wOBA hitter but only a .307 wOBA hitter lefthanded. He’s been on fire in June, posting a .446 wOBA overall. That means that his lefthanded numbers were worse than a .307 wOBA (which is not good) in April and May.

Moving deeper into his lefthanded swing, it is actually difficult to see what had been bothering Nick earlier in the season and what has changed now. Luck has certainly played a part in it.… Click here to read the rest

Addition by payroll subtraction

It’s the former point, about slashing payroll, that I find intriguing. It’s certainly a common refrain, after all, that the poor Rays had to say goodbye to Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, and Carlos Pena this off-season because they couldn’t afford them, and that’s a sad commentary both on their revenue streams and baseball’s labor rules, but does that really hold water? Are the Rays really so bad off for this state of affairs?

One thing that has definitely struck me about the tenor of the remarks is the extent to which it’s ignoring the fact that none of the players the Rays lost to free agency are really doing much of anything this season. And that’s certainly odd, given the way many pundits have juxtaposed the departure of these players with the Rays falling behind Boston and New York again. But which of these players would be helping Tampa Bay right now? Carl Crawford, the $140 million left-fielder, is hitting /243/.275/.384 for the Red Sox and has been worth 0.1 fWAR in 2011.… Click here to read the rest

Torre remembered, not missed

First of all, I want to say that I’m glad Torre got such a warm ovation, even though I can’t say that I would have been able to bring myself to join in the cheering. The guy was the manager of the most successful dynasty in recent memory, and the most prominent Yankee teams since the days of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. He really ought to be able to show up for these functions when the Yankees and be remembered for the good times.

Torre has always been a bit of a mixed bag really. He was never a great tactician, but he earned a reputation for being a great “manager of people.” As usual, I think most of that is probably bogus. It’s easy to have your players liking you and everyone else on the team when you’re winning, and the Yankees won a lot in Torre’s first six seasons. After the 2001 World Series a lot of that luster came off, and especially once A-Rod was brought in, Torre’s mythical skills at managing a clubhouse seemed to disappear faster than Javier Vazquez‘s fastball, and any fair reading of the situation has to conclude that Torre and his overt preference for the remaining dynasty era players and open dislike of A-Rod played more than a small part in that.… Click here to read the rest

Why I (still) don’t think it makes sense to trade Jesus Montero

Buster Olney had an insider only piece about rival evaluators “taking note” of Jesus Montero’s offensive downturn in 2011. He mentions that some think the Yankees “could push Montero this season ‘in an effort to recoup some value.'” (MLBTR)

I’ve said many times before that I don’t think trading Montero would be prudent for the Yankees unless they were getting absolute top of the line talent back for him. I still believe that and always will believe that. Right now, it is still not a good time to trade Jesus Montero.

When I discuss trades, I like to discuss actual value and perceived value. It’s hard for us to get a feel for the former, since we’re not talent evaluators, we’re not real GMs, etc. But we can pretty easily identify perceived value most of the time. With Montero, there’s a bit of a reversal. We more or less know his actual value. He’s a guy who probably won’t stick at catcher but could probably fake the position for a little bit while absolutely mashing.… Click here to read the rest

Pondering Wandy Rodriguez and Hiroki Kuroda

A few days ago commenter Stunna asked me to comment on the idea of the Yankees trading for either Wandy Rodriguez or Hiroki Kuroda, who — given that neither player’s team is playoff-bound as well as the fact that both teams have ownership issues — have probably been two of the most bandied about names attached to the Bombers as potential trade targets.

As you’d expect, both TYA and River Ave. Blues have already explored the idea of Kuroda, and RAB looked at Wandy last winter before the Astros extended him, so be sure to check those pieces out as well.

Wandy Rodriguez
Since his 2008 breakout season (3.54 ERA/3.62 FIP/3.70 xFIP, 8.58 K/9, 2.88 BB/9), Wandy’s been one of the top 20 starters in the National League, with a cumulative fWAR that ranks him 13th in the league between 2008 and 2010. This season he’s only 41st in fWAR, but that’s primarily due to the fact that he missed a couple of weeks with a small elbow issue.… Click here to read the rest

Game 76: Rockies 4, Yankees 6

The Yankees bats woke up in the bottom of the fifth, however. Robinson Cano got the Bombers started with a single, the first New York hit of the game. Nick Swisher then drove a two-run homer into the stands in right, plating the Yankees’ first runs. Jorge Posada followed with his own bomb, tying the game at 3-3, and continuing to distance himself from his early season slump.

Wigginton drove out his second homer of the game in the top of the sixth, as Colorado retook their lead, but the Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Brett Gardner laid down a well-placed drag bunt to second, to start the Yankees.  He stole second and Curtis Granderson worked a walk. Mark Teixeira grounded the ball back to the pitcher, who threw out Granderson at second, putting runners on the corners with one out.  A single from Alex Rodriguez, and the game was tied again, at 4-4.… Click here to read the rest