Today at 2 PM, the Dodgers are holding a news conference to announce the signing of Nomar Garciaparra — five-time all star, former Red Sox and Cubs shortstop. And while he’s been injury plagued the past couple of years, the signing of a big-name player (and hometown boy) by the Dodgers is just the latest in a series of recent moves that have done nothing less than reinvent the team.
Speaking of injury-plagued, the Dodgers last season suffered from a crazy series of problems that had us fielding what amounted to a AAA team most of the year. Will it happen again this year? You’ll excuse us Dodgers fans if we’re a little freaked out and gunshy.
Only one thing’s for sure — with the purging of the managerial and coaching staff, all the new signings, not to mention the trading of Milton Bradley, this is a brand-new team. And from all indications, we aren’t done. Reports are we’re signing CF Kenny Lofton today as well. Assuming that’s true, here’s our (likely) starting lineup…
C Dioner Navarro
1B Nomar Garciaparra
2B Jeff Kent
SS Rafael Furcal
3B Bill Mueller
CF Kenny Lofton
RF J.D. Drew
If you don’t remember many of those names from last year, it’s not a surprise — most of them are new. And then there’s our pitching. :) No matter what, this is going to be an interesting season. Hopefully it won’t be “interesting” in the “may you live in interesting times” curse sense of the word.
Cross your fingers, knock on wood, light some incense to the gods.