Dodgers' Pierre isn't happy about situation
Juan Pierre will meet with Manager Joe Torre before the Dodgers' exhibition finale against the Boston Red Sox today to learn what he'll be doing on opening day: starting in left field in front of Andre Ethier or sitting on the bench.
"If they want to go a different route," Pierre said, "I can live with it and I have to understand it but it's something I don't get."
Pierre signed a five-year, $44-million contract a year ago to be the Dodgers' starting center fielder, but was moved to left field before the start of spring training this year to make room for newly signed Andruw Jones. Today, Pierre could be moved again, this time to the bench.
"It's a tough situation that they put not only all of us in," Pierre said, referring to the three outfielders, including Matt Kemp, who are competing for the two corner spots. "But me too, because you sign here for one thing, a five-year deal, and you put up the same numbers you put up every year, and it seems like it doesn't hold any weight or anything."
I used to feel a bit of remorse for consistently calling for Pierre to be traded or benched - now, I just don't want to see him in a Dodgers' uniform.
Ethier hit .340 in the Spring, with 11 R, 5 HR, and 13 RBI. Pierre hit .204 with 6 R, 0 HR, and 2 RBI. Ethier was better last season, better in the Spring, and, logically, should start in left... I doubt it will play out as such, though.
As I am tearing apart Pierre, though, here's an interesting quote from Tony Jackson, about last night's game at the Coliseum: Interesting they DH Pierre in a ballpark where he might actually be able to throw the ball from LF to home plate.