Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Belliard Returns; Dodgers Caught With Three Guys Standing On Second Base

Jon Weisman just broke the news that Ronnie Belliard has re-signed with the Dodgers for one year, $825K:

The Dodgers now find themselves with two right-handed-hitting infielders to share time at second base (and backing up Casey Blake at third base) with the lefty DeWitt. Belliard made $1.9 million in 2009. Though Joe Torre has had encouraging words about DeWitt, you wonder how quickly his late-2009 infatuation with Belliard will abate. Belliard could be the team's starting second baseman as the season unfolds (even if he's buried on the bench like Orlando Hudson when the season folds).

To my knowledge, Orlando Hudson is also swimming around there in unemployedsville. Why not pick Hudson up too, and have a full on tea party (along with DeWitt and Jamey Carroll) at second base?

Welcome back, Belliard!

UPDATE (Orel): Dodgers re-sign Ronnie Belliard, but want less belly (LA Times)


Dusty Baker said...

Belly #2!!!! (#3 unless Broxton has shed pounds in the offseason.)

Greg said...

I remember always thinking Belliard sucked when he was on the Nationals, where he rarely started. Yet the Dodgers saw him as savior. I just don't get it. Maybe the Bums should have picked up Austin Kearns, too.

Dusty Baker said...

Belly2 was damned solid for us, though. Not sure what to complain about his performance at the end of last season.

Dr. Geek said...

Tea party? I wonder what their signs will say?

Neeebs said...

Belly fits the role as a bench player much better than Loretta did last season. The boy's got some pop. But he shouldn't be an everyday starter.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Hate it.