The 2012 and 2013 Dodgers if the megadeal goes through

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Assuming the Josh Beckett-Adrian Gonzalez-Carl Crawford trade gets done, here’s what the Dodgers are going to look like as they go down the stretch in 2012 and what the Opening Day 2013 lineup could look like:

2012 Rotation:
Clayton Kershaw
Chad Billingsley
Chris Capuano
Josh Beckett
Aaron Harang

Lineup:
LF Shane Victorino
2B Mark Ellis
CF Matt Kemp
1B Adrian Gonzalez
SS Hanley Ramirez
RF Andre Ethier
3B Luis Cruz/Nick Punto/Juan Uribe
C A.J. Ellis

2013 Lineup:
SS Dee Gordon
LF Carl Crawford
CF Matt Kemp
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Hanley Ramirez
RF Andre Ethier
2B Mark Ellis
C A.J. Ellis

The 2013 rotation shouldn’t change at all, as both Capuano and Harang got two-year deals last winter. The top candidate to displace a veteran would have been Rubby De La Rosa, but it sounds like he’s Boston bound if a deal gets done.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.