posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 12:05 PM
General manager Paul DePodesta majored in economics, not munitions, but he doesn't cringe when told he's just taken a first-place team and blown it
"Partly," DePodesta said Saturday, after continuing his remaking of the Dodgers roster. "I told people if we were in second or third this would have
been easy to do. If we stood pat and been caught, it would have been my fault for not doing anything. If we make these moves and we don't win, it will
be perceived as my fault for doing something."
"I think we're better prepared, not just to get to October, but to do something once we're there," said the first-year general manager. "I inherited
60 players in the spring and it's logical that this year there would be more activity than any other to bring in more of my players."
DePodesta bristled at the suggestion that he does not consider clubhouse chemistry in his decision-making.
"This isn't rotisserie," he said.
"I'm very sure of that. It's been very emotional. I absolutely take chemistry into consideration. So is
having guys make other people better. It was very calculated that the players we got have playoff experience and success. That's critical to chemistry
going forward and we didn't have a lot of postseason experience."
DePodesta, with the most dramatic deadline trading for a first-place team in memory and the most controversial dealing since Mike Piazza was also sent
to Florida in 1998, has put his stamp on the club.
Since inheriting a roster from predecessor Dan Evans, DePodesta has acquired seven of the current 25 Dodgers Major Leaguers. The moves underscore
DePodesta's affinity for hitters with power and high on-base percentage. He said he added several million dollars with the moves but still has
financial flexibility for an August waiver addition.
No kidding it's not rotisserie. It would have been an even worse trade (if thats possible) if it had been.