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This is another very intriguing possibility for the Dodgers. Owens is just 25 years old and has ranked as high as number 19 on the MLB top 100 prospect list. But, Owens was released by the Red Sox for seriously underperforming in his six professional seasons.
To spare everyone’s time just trust me when I say there is nothing promising in the statistics department on Owens so I won’t even bother sharing them. What I can tell you though is that this creates the perfect opportunity for the Dodgers.
Youth is key in this situation. Owens still has a long career ahead of him, and the Dodgers could use that to their advantage. His struggles to compete at a high level will land him a minor league deal, but that too is an ideal situation. If the Dodgers sign Owens, it would be like getting a free lottery ticket. They could win big and turn around who was once considered an elite prospect or, things could just not work out with Owens, and it would be no sweat off anyone’s back.
If I had to find a negative with Owens, it would be that I am not the only one who has had this idea. There will be other teams in on Owens, and while that may not have much bearing on the monetary amount of the contract, it will hurt the team’s chances to get him. With plenty of talented pitching already in the majors and much more on its way out of the minors, Owens would probably find himself locked out of a roster spot unless he was pitching like an ace.
In the end, these three pitchers are, if anything, worth a very long and hard look for the Dodgers. As people say, there is no such thing as too much pitching, and if they add any of these three, then I think the team would be helping themselves a great deal. So, look for the Dodgers to have a pretty active Winter Meetings and maybe even watch out for the three guys listed above.