July 5, 2005
Not to keep harping on Paul DePodesta, and his report card, but J.D. Drew's injury may be the straw that broke the camel's back.
Some may argue that an injury is an unfair way to judge a trade or free agent signing. But in this case, the major concern about Drew was, in fact, his history of injuries -- and the medical belief that he may in fact be genetically-disposed to fractures and bone tears of just this sort.
So, in reality, DePodesta knew the concern going in -- and was just crossing his fingers it wouldn't happen.
But, guess what, there's a reason that J.D.'s nickname is D.L. And it's more likely that it's because of the Disabled List than keeping anything on the down low.
Even if he doesn't go under the knife, the Dodgers will at least be without a frontline center fielder for at least two months. And July and August -- yeah, they're pretty important months.
On the senior circuit, without the benefit of another hitter in that DH slot, the CF is just as important an offensive position as defensive.
I can promise you now, the Dodgers' aren't going to keep getting this kind of production from Oscar Robles, no matter how much they'd like to see him become the second coming of Adrian Beltre.
There's potential in years to come, no doubt, but a 2005 OF roster of Repko, Grabowski, and Werth ain't gonna do it.
Posted by Ethan Lindsey at 9:39 PM