January 21, 2009: Brad Ausmus signs a 1-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
My Take: The Dodgers can't seem to get enough of us, but don't expect Ausmus to get too much action behind the plate. In the last 2 seasons, Russell Martin has missed a total of 18 games; that's slim pickings for a backup. Still, Martin did dabble a little at third base in 2008. So if the Dodgers think he's just the bee's knees and are at all interested in saving his knees, they might alternate between Martin and Casey Blake at the hot corner. Undoubtedly, Ausmus will have to make the most of his playing time. However, even if he has another less than stellar offensive season, he's close enough to a few benchmarks where it shouldn't matter. He needs 1 more HR for 80 and 4 more RBIs for 600. Those seem like gimmes to me. In addition, Buddy Myer's 1,923 games played tops the list for Jewish players; Ausmus needs only 10 more games to pass him up. Also seems like a gimme. And finally... who wouldn't want to play for Joe Torre?