Posted by dahsdebater on 12/10/2012 8:13:00 PM (view original):
You think they're going to wind up with subpar lines so their stud skill players never have the opportunity to show off their talents?
Yes, exactly! No, more like a team of overpriced, underachievers with bad chemistry. But chemistry is not as important in baseball and if things go right they could be very good. But right now they have a career minor leaguer at 3B, an underachieving, mediocre fielding SS in Hanley (or Gordon, who might get better but last year was one of the worst SS's in baseball) two players past their prime at LF and 2B (Ellis and Crawford). They do have a great 1-2 SP punch in Kershaw and Greinke, and Beckett might return to his glory days. Their other 3 SP's were solid last year but are also past their prime. They should be a solid team but they have some holes and they need to win now.
Greinke has had 3 pretty good years since his Cy Young but has not been anywhere close to dominant. He also has social anxiety, so being the highest paid pitcher in baseball pitching in LA may lead to an "Ed Whitson" situation. I hope not, he seems like a good guy and I hope he does well, this just does not seem like a good fit. But I could be wrong.
You have a good point about demonstrating the willingness to win and stay relevant for the tv contract, I'm just saying from an on-field view they are taking some huge risks.