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The Los Angeles Dodgers are five people in to their master plan of recreating the Red Sox on the West Coast. Nomar Garciaparra signed a 1-year, $6M deal that will likely having him batting clean-up and playing first base. Surprisingly, the contract is not incentive-based, which is something I certainly would consider given the former shortstop’s injury history. Late last week, the inimitable Bill Mueller agreed to a 2-year, $9.75M contract, and Dan Shaughnessy temporarily retracted his claws for an excellent piece on the third baseman. It turns out that Mueller was the player that gave Grady Little a good reference, leading to Little’s hiring by the Dodgers to be their field manager. Derek Lowe is now in the second year of his 4-year, $36M term.

That gives us four people. Who is the player that completes this quintet? Why, Jose Cruz, Jr., of course. Cruz spent about a dozen days in a Red Sox uniform this past season in those tumultuous post-Jay Payton doldrums.

Ned Colletti’s coup of the offseason is the unloading of Milton Bradley to the Oakland A’s. I guess the undervalued trait this upcoming season is the tendency to have psychotic episodes. Bradley was packaged with Antonio Perez for Andre Ethier, an outfielder who garnered the Texas League Player of the Year award.


Apparently the 2003 Red Sox are collectibles for Colletti and McCourt.

I have this whole beautifully painted scenario about Game 7 of the NLCS in 06...involving Grady.

The Dodgers have now signed Kenny Lofton. Although Milton Bradley puts a public face on being a bad teammate, I've heard the same about Lofton. His boorish behavior doesn't make the headlines, however.

Colletti seems to be stuck in some sort of time warp. It's just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right.

*sings* Lets do the time warp agaiiiiinnnn!

ANywho...wasn't Lofton the one who punched Arroyo in the back of the head during the brawl in 04? I know that him and Minky nearly got into it the last Red Sox/Yankee game of the regular season that year...

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