Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Better Get Used to Juan Pierre, Dodger Fans

Hurrah, as Ned Colletti has resigned us to yet another year of misery, living with our weak-armed center fielder with below-average OBP:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, having made unsuccessful runs at free-agent center fielders Andruw Jones and Aaron Rowand, is shifting to more modest ways of improving his roster at the Winter Meetings. Colletti was hoping to land one of the outfielders with a short-term deal, but said the demands of Jones and Rowand exceeded his appetite both in dollars and years. He never made offers and said the players would need to drop their demands for the Dodgers to be involved.

"Right now, we don't have anywhere else to go," Colletti said.

"I had the intention of making an offer," he said regarding Jones, until hearing what the 10-time Gold Glove winner sought. "It would have been foolish to do so."

Ned, you should have thought of this when you signed Juan Pierre to a frickin' five-year deal, knowing that Jones and Torii Hunter would both be up for bid in a year's time. This had better be one of your negotiating tactics, or we're bound to see even more opponents' singles stretched into triples next year.