Deals You Don't Make Sometimes the Best

So far this year, the deals the Dodgers DIDN'T make have ended up far better off than the ones they did. The Dodgers did spend $45 million of Jason Schmidt. One win and out. The Dodgers did spend over $40 million on outfielder Juan Pierre who, in spite of his gaudy stolen base stats and likely 200 hit season, is awfully pricey at that money and without a market for the balance of his contract.

In contrast, nobody except the Indians could stand Kenny Lofton for more than a season, but Loften didn't cost nearly as much as Pierre, and got to post-season play a whole lot more.

The Dodgers signed Randy Wolf and got a mostly good first quarter of the season before he began to tire and his arm gave out.

They gave Nomar Garciaparra a two year deal at a hefty price and with eight weeks left, he has only three homers. One would have to say what they did do hasn't turned out awfully well.

No to what they didn't do:

They tried to unload Brad Penny before the season started, figuring they were overloaded with pitching. They failed. What a blessing.

Penny is their star pitcher, having his best year in Dodgers Blue and really maturing. The Dodgers, now desperately pitching short, have to be  grinning and many other teams, also pitching short, have to be kicking themselves for not grabbing Penny when they could.

The Dodgers did not land Mark Teixiera. The Braves did. So the Braves, getting a new owner, will have the delight of dealing with agent Scott Boras next year.

That makes the Dodgers winners and the Braves losers just like that. And by not overpaying for Teixiera, who was merely a .270 hitter out of hitter friendly Texas, the Dodgers get to keep James Loney and Andre Ethier around. (Please note that neither Loney or Ethier are pricey and, so far, not represented by Brother Boras).

The Dodgers did not get Octavio Dotel. If you hadn't noticed, he missed last year with arm problems and has had some tenderness again this year.  Another Dodgers win.

As the deals that were made haven't panned out, the deals not made have balanced the record book big time.

Which reminds us of Winston Spenser Churchill's definition of political oratory, to wit, sound good, do no damage.