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Dodgers: Walker Buehler Talks About The A.J. Pollock Signing

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers during the first inning of game three of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox on October 26, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

With the Los Angeles Dodgers’ major free agent signing of A.J. Pollock, the clubhouse is sure to react. Think about it, you’re part of a team coming off two straight World Series appearances. While you didn’t land Bryce Harper, your front office just added one of the nicest tier-B free agents on the market.

Walker Buehler’s reaction shouldn’t come as surprise. Interestingly, Buehler learned of the signing from a TMZ Sports cameraman. Buehler is enough of a mainstream star now that TMZ follows him around. They picked up a quote:

“We signed him today?! We signed him while I was on the plane?!”

The 24-year-old pitching phenom took the breaking news with a smile … and said he was stoked to have yet another All-Star on the team.

“That’s cool, man. He’s a good player. That’s cool, man. I’m excited!”

One wonders if Buehler realizes how ‘cool’ it could be. Moreover, Pollock will be playing a lot of defense up the middle when Buehler and others are pitching. This is a guy who was a 5.8 bWAR player in 2015. This is evidence of what kind of weapon the 31-year old outfielder can be when he’s healthy and going right.

In true TMZ fashion, they keep with the brand to let us know that Buehler has ‘done nothing but relax with his girlfriend since the World Series ended’. We are sure that they are privy to the countless hours of strength and conditioning work that Buehler and other players do. Therefore, they’re entitled to make such an irresponsible statement.

Nonetheless, we thank them for capturing the excitement quote of the 24-year old ace-in-waiting when he learned the Dodgers picked up a shiny new toy.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Gold glove quality OF’er in place of Puig/Kemp, what pitcher would not be happy with that trade off. Now, if Pollock can just stay off the DL and put up good offensive numbers the team looks very good.

  2. So far, everything I have heard about Pollock has been positive, and that is great news!!!! I was not aware until this morning that Yasiel was still having tardiness issues with the Dodgers. That I cannot tolerate. I will be anxious to see how this week’s baseball news plays out, along with our quest for Realmuto and maybe a pitcher of note.

  3. Puig is now a Player for the Cincinnati Reds. Let it go. You never wanted him and now he is gone, you should be pleased. Get excited about our chances for 2019

    • Yes, Puig is gone now. The real issue I have with that trade with the Reds is not that Puig was dealt away, but that we got NOTHING in return that helps this team for 2019, except for a salary dump.

      • The salary dump DID help us this year. It helped us sign Pollock and whoever else we get by the trade deadline. And getting 2 premier minor leaguers is no small thing. All of out players were minor leaguers once .

        • Daniel, I am referring to players we got in return concerning 2019. Yes they were all minor leaguers at one time and all 3 players the Reds got will be FA’s after 2019. Dodgers had resources to begin with and the concern with them was not going over that CBT. Heck we still could have made a couple other trades and still do have those chips that can be moved to get Realmuto.

  4. A 5.8 bWAR player in 2015? That was 4 years and 3 broken bones ago so I don’t think we can expect anything like that again. I’m not saying that signing Pollock is a terrible move but let’s temper our expectations. For the record the guy they traded away had an offensive of bWAR of 5.3 (5th in the league that year) in 2014 and being 3 years younger he has a better chance of doing that again that Pollock does. (I’m only commenting on the field performance not clubhouse presence.)

    • Remember that both Puig and Kemp will be FA’s after this year and certainly were not going to be re-signed. Off topic though, is let’s all not crown Verdugo as the next coming of Ted Williams or Lou Gehrig either.

  5. Clint , from what I read on Dodger’s team page is how they still aspire to the platooning and plan to give Pollock several days off… and that is disturbing to me to think they will just do this same obsessive thing of full blown platooning all over again in 2019.

    • There’s no point in really investing emotion or time into this team because they will continue doing the same things that haven’t won them a championship year after year. It’s starting to become A joke of a franchise not to mention they continue jacking up prices on everything without winning a title and continuing to not show the team on tv for people that actually live in LA these are all slaps in the faces of the fans who continue to do their part despite being ripped off and taken advantage of. When will the dodgers do their part and take winning a championship seriously. Probably never until the fans stop supporting this shitshow

      • N0DH, perhaps ya have a point there to a degree, as I use MLB Extra Innings which includes MLB.TV from DTV. That TV deal is a disaster, no question there. If I still lived in So. Calif. I know one thing, I wouldn’t spend $$$ going to DS as I did in much earlier years.. But it is what it is. And unfortunately, neither one of us here will be able to stop those fans who will flood those turnstiles at DS this year or any other year.

        • Not living in the LA area so can you explain to me why Dodger games are not shown on tv in that area? I know it has something to do with some kind of Time-Warner contract or something like that. Is there no way at all to see Dodger games on tv if you live in LA? Pay extra on your cable bill or something?? Even MLBTV.com blacks out LA-Atlanta games in Atlanta even though I live a good 200 miles from Atlanta.

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