Ken Rosenthal tweeted a rather pie-in-the-sky tweet for Dodger fans this morning.
Here’s another possibility for the #Dodgers, one that probably makes more sense than Bumgarner and any other move: Sign Rendon and Ryu. Both represented by Boras. Could be agent’s makeup call for taking Cole to #Yankees. Everyone wins!
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2019
Not Granting The Premise
“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.” Nifty quote, but Scott Boras remembers everything and likely doesn’t care. It is cute that Rosenthal floated the idea that Boras would ever make a decision based on some notion of a ‘makeup call.’ All Scott Boras did for Gerrit Cole was get him the best contract he could for his client, which of course pads his own bottom line.
The idea that the Dodgers ‘finished second’ in the Cole sweepstakes, which in turn would affect how Boras negotiates the Ryu/Rendon contracts, is preposterous. That said, it could theoretically make the negotiations work quicker.
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Andrew Friedman’s Choice
What Cole’s signing does do is put pressure on Andrew Friedman. For the Dodger fans reading this, I do not believe this is a bad thing. We have seen the Dodgers front office, whether it be Kasten, the Guggenheim people, or Friedman, balk at contracts they could afford with the revenue from Dodger game beer sales. This puts pressure on the Dodgers to quit with the mind and market games.
If there’s an offer on the table for Ryu and Rendon — not that there likely is — the Dodgers have to take it. Los Angeles can afford both players. If we’re being intellectually blunt, the Dodgers can afford any contracts they want to give. This situation dispenses with the absurd notion that the Dodgers have to be penny-pinchers in the contracts they’re going to give.
The leverage has evaporated. Sign a a perennial MVP candidate and the almost 2019 NL Cy Young.