anyway, due to the higher frequency of free agency and trades and one year contracts and all of that stuff, this post won't even get us to the present day. we'll start in 1999 with the 1997 world series hero, craig counsell
did you remember that kevin elster ended his career with the dodgers in 2000? that makes this 2001 topps card a final tribute.
in 2001, james baldwin was a dodger and was only sort of out of place, and in 2002 marquis grissom came aboard. i would have added grissom to the list, but he actually played in la for two seasons. you can't be out of place if you hang around that long.
2003 brought a bevy of out of place guys, starting with the crime dog, fred mcgriff
mcgriff joined the dodgers as a free agent with 478 home runs. having hit 30 in 2002 with the cubs, i sure thought he would get to 500 with the dodgers. he didn't. instead, he hit 13 dingers in just 86 games leaving him 9 short of the milestone. the dodgers released him after the season and he went home to tampa to play for the devil rays in 2004. unfortunately, he hit only 2 homers there and is forever sitting on 493.
joining mcgriff on the 2003 dodgers team was jeromy burnitz
the dodgers got burnitz in a deal that cost them a minor leaguer and two diazes. it was the second time the mets had traded burnitz away. for the dodgers, he performed worse than he had performed for any team in any season in his career. he hit just .204 with an ops of .643. he went to colorado for the 2004 season and i am sure he would have won the comeback player of the year award if chris carpenter hadn't been so good after missing all of 2003 and/or if burnitz hadn't (allegedly) been on steroids.
rounding out the triumverate of 2003 dodger out of place guys, we have rickey henderson.
2004 brought steve finley to town for 58 games.
in 2005, the dodgers had a lot of no-names who weren't so much out of place as they were just not very good players. norihiro nakamura? jason grabowski? come on. i would love to say jd drew was out of place, but he stuck around (barely) for more than one season.
then, in 2006, kenny lofton became a dodger.