Dodgers talking to Nats about Belliard?

Filed this for tomorrow’s paper

The Dodgers are believed to be in discussions with the Washington Nationals about a possible trade that would bring veteran infielder Ronnie Belliard to Los Angeles. The Nationals withdrew Belliard from the waiver wire after at least one team, the Dodgers, put in a claim on him. But because the Dodgers were the team that would have acquired Belliard, by rules, the Nationals still can trade him to that club.
Belliard, 33, is hitting .237 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI this season and has played first, second and third base. He also can play shortstop, although it isn’t immediately clear where he would fit with the Dodgers. He is in the first season of a two-year, $3.5 million contract that is paying him $1.6 million this year and will pay him $1.9 million next year.

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  • http://www.firenedcollettinow.com/ Fire Ned Colletti Now

    I’m trying to figure out why this makes sense…i’m drawing a blank.

    He shouldn’t replace Kent next year, since they have better in-house options. They have no use for a utility guy since rosters expand soon anyway. Plus, he’s…uh…crappy.

  • http://footlongdodgerblog.blogspot.com/ KingBB99

    Gotta agree. If this is an upgrade, it is negligible. And any benefit this year is wholly negated by the fact that this dude is signed through next year. What then?

    Just drive Nomar until the wheels fall off, and then use one of those other crappy guys that you already have.

    How about another look at Hu? Rosters expand soon anyway.

    Nobody sucks worse than Colletti…except McCourt.

  • TeamHasHoles

    Blockage. Sorry D-Backs, no soup for you. Kudos to Colletti on this one.

  • ethier can’t dance

    From today’s LAT :

    The Dodgers put in a waiver claim on Ronnie Belliard, making it possible for them to acquire the second baseman from Washington in a trade. But it appears the Dodgers made the move to prevent Belliard from going to Arizona, which lost Orlando Hudson for the season.

    I guess that’s why you guys are legends in your own minds and not GMs.

  • http://www.firenedcollettinow.com/ Fire Ned Colletti Now

    Yeah, that’s a genius move.

    He blocks Belliard but doesn’t block Dunn. Sweet. Block a guy who arguably has negative value to a club depending on what position he plays, but let one of the better offensive forces in the league go unclaimed.

    You’re right, I was I could be smart like Ned.

  • http://www.firenedcollettinow.com/ Fire Ned Colletti Now

    Seriously, you’re giving credit to Ned for blocking RONNIE BELLIARD?

    Hahahahahahaha. YES! He should keep his job now!