So, the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy yesterday. Immediately, this doesn’t really have much of an impact of the Yankees and I’m not nearly well versed enough to understand the nuances and intricacies of bankruptcy and finance and all that stuff, so let’s just pretend for a second that the Dodgers were going to have a fire-sale and just start getting rid of everyone of any value in order to save some dough. Disclaimer, and I’m going to make this all bolded and caps locked and italicized and what not:
I AM NOT SAYING ANY OF THIS STUFF IS GOING TO HAPPEN. IN FACT, IT’S PRETTY UNLIKELY THAT ANY OF IT HAPPENS. MOST OF WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE EPITOME OF A PIPE DREAM.
First on the list, of course, would be Clayton Kershaw. He’s cheap this year, but is arbitration eligible in 2012 and is a free agent in 2015. He’s only making $500K, but after this year, he’s going to start getting really expensive. This year has been the best in his already bright career and this young lefty would look all sorts of fantastic in pinstripes. The prospect cost, of course, would be beyond astronomical. This would cost Jesus Montero + a lot of other guys. But you know what? I think it would be worth it.
Next would be Matt Kemp, who’s also having a ridiculous year. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like Brett Gardner a lot, but if you let me pick between him and Matt Kemp to play LF for the Yankees for the foreseeable future, I’d take Kemp and never look back. Kemp is signed through this year, arb eligible in 2012, and a free agent in 2013. His prospect cost would be less because he has fewer years of team control left, but this would also start with Montero and could be worth it.
This part is at least plausible, and may even be a little likely. The Yankees can and likely will (and should) inquire about right handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is making $12MM this year and is a free agent after the year’s over. The Yankees most definitely have the ability to eat a lot of money if the Dodgers need that, but they also have the ability to move the right prospects to LA. Right now, Kuroda qualifies as a Type B free agent (link). Kuroda may be a bit older than we like–he’s 36 right now–but his performance has been good this year. His strikeouts and grounders are down, but he’s still got good control and his league/park adjusted xFIP of 3.55 is more than acceptable. Like with just about any trade target, Kuroda is a good fit depending on what the price is. Of course, the Yankees aren’t going to be the only team on him and may need to up their offer if other teams give the Dodgers competitive offers.
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