Transaction Analysis

Dodgers sign Andy Ashby for 3 years, $22.5 million

This move actually isn't as much of a disaster as it could have been, seeing that the Dodgers managed to sign Ashby for only three years. And at $7.5 million a season, it's a fairly safe risk given the fact that Ashby has performed very well when there isn't that much pressure on him. And in LA, where he'll pitch behind Kevin Brown, Chan Ho Park, and (maybe) Darren Dreifort, and in front of a crowd that couldn't care less, he'll face almost zero pressure. Oh, by the way, he's also got a career 4.10 ERA and is now moving into one of the best pitchers parks in baseball. After two seasons, it seems that Kevin Malone has finally figured out how to spend Fox's money wisely.

Triple Steal Rating: Triple

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.© 2000 JBaseball

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