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Dodgers Web musings: MRI on Jon Garland's shoulder scared off teams

Some felt Jon Garland could have received a richer, longer contract if he had decided to sign elsewhere. Some were a bit mystified about how the Dodgers structured the contract tied to innings pitched.

Garland, however, offered an explanation this week on the 790-AM Mason and Ireland Show about why teams may have shied away, telling Steve Mason (audio):

``I had a few teams that were a little worried about my MRI on my physical. They were a little weary about committing that much money over a few years when there’s so much up in the air, especially with starting pitching.’’

Garland made similar remarks about the MRI on his shoulder to Jim Bowden on his XM Radio show.

Must be some fairly scary stuff on that MRI.

Any 31-year-old pitcher who’s thrown over 2,000 innings isn’t likely to have the cleanest MRI on his shoulder, but apparently it was bad enough to frighten other teams away from a long-term contract.

Which explains why the Dodgers would offer $5 million next season, plus $3.5 million in incentives based purely on innings pitched, the bonuses beginning with 150 innings.

For an $8-million club option to kick in for 2012, Garland must throw at least 190 innings. He has thrown at least 190 innings for 10 consecutive seasons.

Also on the Web:

-- Chad Moriyama at gets an early jump on evaluating the Dodgers eligible for arbitration … in 2011.

--’s Tim Kurkjian writes that Don Mattingly’s work ethic and underrated communication skills bode well for him as the Dodgers’ new manager.

--’s Josh Rawitch, the team’s vice president of communications, said fellow Dominican Manny Mota talked to Juan Uribe almost daily after the World Series to persuade him to sign with the Dodgers.

-- The’s Adam Kilgore writes that the Nationals have added former bench coach Bob Schaefer to their front office as a special assistant to GM Mike Rizzo. Guess that’s one team Matt Kemp won’t be traded to.

--’s Tim Brown
likes the signing of Uribe and thinks the infusion of experience should serve the Dodgers well.

--’s Bowden lists his five best moves (video) of the offseason thus far, listing the Dodgers’ rotation signings at No. 4.

--’s Scott Miller finds himself pleasantly surprised by the Dodgers’ rash of early Hot Stove League activity.

-- Steve Dilbeck

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Oh, I meant 2011 as in for next year's team, not after 2011.

Sorry for the confusion.

And thank you for confirming Jon Garland saying that about the MRI. I wasn't about to just fully believe Jim Bowden on Twitter.

I think the contract was a good idea next to not signing him at all. The Dodgers will not lose as much money this way, than they would've the other way.

A decent move despite the risk. If Garland blows out his arm, there should be a few in the organization to pick from as a replacement.
The staff full of possible innings eaters should take the pressure and dependence off of the bullpen. One good arm would help if added, but the existing staff might be enough. Obviously some answer is needed at catcher. The wisdom of Solomon is needed for that.
Beyond that, the focus should be on right handed power. Best move I see is a trade for Josh Willingham of the Nationals. He is reported to be available for young pitching, kills left handed pitchers and is better than average against righties. He can play full time in LF or move to 1st when a lefty is up whom Loney cannot hit. . Jeff Francouer is a free agent who hits lefty pitching well and with power and would be a good platoon with Ethier and back up/defensive replacement at all OF positions. 3B could use an upgrade with Eric Chavez moving in as a platoon with Blake or Gordon Beckham full time with Blake moving to a platoon with Loney and backing up 3B.

I---as much as anyone---can't believe Ned Coletti did it again.

Should have signed Padilla instead.


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