T-minus seven days until spring training camp breaks in Glendale, Arizona. We’ve already got some great spring weather going over here in Southern California. Feels like baseball weather. Spring and love is in the air.
Dodgers News and notes are also in the air. Not literally floating in the air. You won’t see a notebook and pencil flying by your parked car. You’ll merely see them floating across the interwebs. With Valentine’s day looming on Sunday I think we should all show our devoted love for our beloved Dodgers. So here are a couple of newsworthy Dodgers tidbits to tide you over until tomorrow’s lovefest.
Remember when the Dodgers signed Cuban pitcher Yaisel Sierra? The deal has yet to be announced and finalized yet. According to Jon Heyman the deal is still set to be announced soon. Only paperwork is holding up the club from putting the finishing touches on the contract.
Yaisel Sierra dodgers deal (for 30-31M) is on track, with only paperwork issues, nothing major, to go, i'm hearing
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 11, 2016
It was originally reported to be a 30-35 million dollar six-year contract. Heyman is also reporting that the actual financials will be somewhere between 30-31 million dollars instead.
Former Dodger pitcher Hideo Nomo has decided to take a front office position front office position with the San Diego Padres. Nomo will serve as an advisor to the baseball operations staff. Nomo will assist in the Padre’s player development process and help expend the Padre’s presence in the Far East. San Diego GM A.J. Preller had this to say about the hiring….
“His career as a Major League pitcher speaks for itself. His expertise and passion for baseball will be a significant asset to the Padres and I look forward to having his input going forward.”
The 1995 NL rookie of the year pitched for 12 MLB seasons. Nomo pitched two stints for the Dodgers from 1995-1998 and 2002-2004. Nomo also pitched for the Mets, Brewers, Tigers, Red Sox, Rays and Royals. The Japanese right hander finished with a 123-109 record with a 4.24 ERA and 1,918 strikeouts in 323 major league games. Nomo also pitched two no-hitters, one with the Dodgers in 1996.
Eric Stephen takes a look at the recently released Tulsa Driller exhibition schedule Tulsa is of course the Dodger’s double-A affiliate. Those minor league exhibition games don’t start until later into March and normally take place on the backfields of Camelback Ranch.
Jon Weisman takes a look at the Dodger’s rotation depth coming into the 2016 season. He analyzes last year’s rotation problems and theorizes that this year’s rotation while sorely missing Zack Greinke will also benefit from a better back end with Scott Kazmir and Japanese import Kenta Maeda slotting in behind Clayton Kershaw. The number 4-5 spots should be a lot stronger this season.
Eric Stephen is reporting that Dodger’s pitcher Frankie Montas the youngster acquired from the White Sox in the Jose Peraza trade is going to miss 2-4 months after undergoing surgery to remove a rib. The surgery is due to a stress reaction and the surgery was performed Friday morning by the same surgeon who removed Josh Beckett‘s rib in 2013.