Manny Ramirez Has Been Signed (finally!); Who The Dodgers Need Now

Derek HartCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2009

I'm going to begin my first baseball article on this site by stating three little words pertaining to the Los Angeles Dodgers signing Manny Ramirez this week:


For the past four months, Scott Boras (Manny's Agent) and Dodger owner Frank McCourt have been going back and forth over something that should have been taken care of before Christmas.

Apparently Manny and his agent finally realized that the Dodgers were their only option, and that $45 million over two years will just have to do.

Obviously this is great news for L.A. and their fans; being that I've followed the Dodgers since I was 10 years old, I was relieved.

Now that those Dodgers have pretty much sown up the spot as the favorites in the National League West, there's one more thing that they need to do if they want to have any chance at going deep into the postseason:

Trade outfielder Juan Pierre for front-line pitching.

It makes perfect sense: With Manny now signed, Pierre is going to find himself as the fourth outfielder once again, which I know he doesn't want to be and with his speed and basestealing capabilities, he doesn't deserve.

Combine that with the fact that the Dodgers lost Derek Lowe and Brad Penny, two front-line studs that solidifies any starting rotation, to free agency, leaving them with talented but still a bit unproven guys like Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda, and especially 20-year old Clayton Kershaw, and you have a situation where there might be a lot of 9-8 games, with the Dodgers having the eight much of the time.

In fact, I've got an idea for the perfect trade...

Juan Pierre to the San Diego Padres for Jake Peavy.

The Padres tried to trade Peavy this off season because he's in his contract year, but couldn't get it done. Pierre would bring stability and a veteran presence to those young Pads, plus pitching-friendly Petco Park would be perfect for his game of bunts and steals.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers would be getting a Cy Young Award winner who would not only stabilize their staff, it would make them automatic contenders for the World Series.

In my opinion, this is a trade that needs to happen.

As always, we'll see what happens with  the Dodgers this season.