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Dodgers considering Inge trade
The Dodgers have had internal discussions about trading for Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge since before spring training, and it seems Andy LaRoche's injury could push them further into the market. Plus, in Scott Proctor, a 31-year-old right-hander, they have an established setup reliever they could deal.

Brandon Inge will not be the Dodgers' solution at third-base. I understand that they are searching for alternatives at third-base since Andy LaRoche is injured for two months. However, trading away Scott Proctor for Brandon Inge would only complicate their matters further.

Brandon Inge's offensive production in the 2007 Regular Season is quite deceiving. Although the 30-year-old smashed fourteen home-runs and 71 RBIs last season, he also averaged about one strike-out per game! The veteran should also focus on making contact with the ball, since his career Batting Average is only about .240. He's certainly not an upgrade over Nomar Garciaparra.

Nomar Garciaparra has been slated to be the starter at third-base during the 2008 Regular Season. The former Red-Sox is prone to injuries, but can connect with almost anything in the strike-zone. If Garciaparra falls victim to his annual injuries, the Dodgers' have a ton of promising third-baseman that they could put in at third-base until LaRoche returns. I'm not worried about the Dodgers' third-baseman.

Scott Proctor has established a reputation as phenomenal relief pitcher, spending most of his years with the New York Yankees. Joe Torre, now the coach of the Dodgers, loved to use the ace on a daily basis and I expect him to do so in 2008. The relief pitcher could easily hit 100 MPH with his fastball and has a splendid slider and change-up in his repertoire.

Thus, I believe that the Dodgers are sufficient at third-base for now and should not invest their time or interest in acquiring Brandon Inge. But if they decide to deal for the third-baseman, they should not consider trading away Scott Proctor. The Dodgers don't want to make two bad mistakes in one deal.

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