Commentary

Dodgers: You be the GM

Updated: October 3, 2011, 1:37 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Dodgers walked away from the 2011 season without a bitter aftertaste, thanks to a strong 45-27 finish. But that walk, even with the end-of-the-season push, didn't lead to the playoffs. The strong surge at the end was encouraging, especially for 2012, but the slow start that undermined the season should also serve as a red flag to the front office that at least some changes need to be made this winter. Here are some suggested ones.

Position Players

Rod Barajas

Position: C
Jackson: Free agent who could hold down fort until Federowicz is ready. Take him

Casey Blake

Position: 3B
Jackson: Good guy but injury-prone free agent who is nearing the end. Trash him

Jamey Carroll

Position: INF
Jackson: Valuable piece if Dodgers can hold onto him but is a free agent who wants more playing time. Take him

A.J. Ellis

Position: C
Jackson: Solid backup who could be a fixture for years to come. Take him

Andre Ethier

Position: RF
Jackson: Has power, which Dodgers need, but his act is wearing thin, and his trade value is still fairly high. Trash him

Dee Gordon

Position: SS
Jackson: Figures to be the everyday shortstop for years to come, but will his body hold up to a full season? Take him

Tony Gwynn

Position: OF
Jackson: Solid defensive guy who saved two games with diving catches and never complains about role, but he'll cost a lot more next year. Take him

Matt Kemp

Position: CF
Jackson: The franchise player isn't going anywhere anytime soon, no matter how much Dodgers have to pony up. Take him

James Loney

Position: 1B
Jackson: His midseason turnaround mirrored that of team. Take him

Aaron Miles

Position: INF
Jackson: Versatile veteran proved invaluable after string of injuries to other players. Take him

Juan Rivera

Position: LF/1B
Jackson: Colletti never got enough credit for this move, which gave Kemp more protection in the lineup, but he's a free agent. Take him

Jerry Sands

Position: LF/1B
Jackson: He won't make the team unless he's ready to play every day, but his ability to adjust is a sign he will be. Take him

Justin Sellers

Position: INF
Jackson: Not an everyday second-base option. Trash him

Juan Uribe

Position: INF
Jackson: They're stuck with him for now, and he does have some power when he's healthy. Take him

Pitchers

Chad Billingsley

Position: SP
Jackson: Contract makes him untradeable, but Mattingly has made it clear he wants to see improvement. Take him

Jonathan Broxton

Position: RP
Jackson: Finally pinpointing elbow issue should help, but there are questions about competitiveness and a change of scenery is probably best. Trash him

Scott Elbert

Position: RP
Jackson: Finally grew into role as effective situational lefty. Take him

John Ely

Position: SP
Jackson: Too inconsistent to be big part of future. Trash him

Nathan Eovaldi

Position: SP
Jackson: Strong rookie showing means he'll likely begin season in rotation. Take him

Dana Eveland

Position: SP
Jackson: Good guy to have around to plug into fifth spot if needed. Take him

Jon Garland

Position: SP
Jackson: No chance Dodgers try to re-sign him. Trash him

Javy Guerra

Position: RP
Jackson: Probably the Dodgers' closer for the forseeable future. Take him

Matt Guerrier

Position: RP
Jackson: Disappointing year but a durable veteran signed through 2013. Take him

Blake Hawksworth

Position: RP
Jackson: Final appearance will live in infamy but suffered from infrequent use in September. Take him

Kenley Jansen

Position: RP
Jackson: One of the great stories for the Dodgers in 2011, averaging 16-plus strikeouts per nine innings. Take him

Clayton Kershaw

Position: SP
Jackson: Arguably best starter in National League and under club control through 2014. Take him

Hong-Chih Kuo

Position: RP
Jackson: Tough to say this, but Dodgers can no longer count on him as they once did. Trash him

Hiroki Kuroda

Position: SP
Jackson: His future is in his own hands, but Dodgers desperately need him to stay. Take him

Ted Lilly

Position: SP
Jackson: He is what he is, prone to giving up long balls and stolen bases, but a savvy veteran. Take him

Josh Lindblom

Position: RP
Jackson: Fully recovered now from failed minor league conversion to starting. Take him

Mike MacDougal

Position: RP
Jackson: Too many walks but an otherwise solid year out of Dodgers pen. Take him

Management

Don Mattingly

Position: Manager
Jackson: Managed like a rookie at times, but team played hard for him and never quit.

Ned Colletti

Position: GM
Jackson: Signed Uribe but also got Rivera for nothing.

Frank McCourt

Position: Owner
Jackson: Does this even warrant a comment?


Tony Jackson

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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