The Dodgers have re-acquired Taiwanese right hander Chin-hui Tsao on a minor league contract. Matt Eddy of Baseball America reported the signing. The 34-year old veteran was originally signed by Colorado as an amateur free agent in 1999. Tsao was acquired by the Dodgers in 2007 after making 29 appearances for the Rockies between 2003-2005.
This is more exciting than anything that happened in last night’s game: News broke this morning that Yulieski Gourriel, 31, and his brother Lourdes Gourriel Jr, 22, have defected from Cuba in order to pursue gigs on major league teams.
This is incredibly exciting given that they’re Cuban infielders projected to make impacts on a major league team.
I have nothing against Austin Barnes. I like him. I don’t think as highly of him as Mark does, but I still consider him a young talented player with a high ceiling. It’s just not the same ceiling as others may think he has. Barnes is a 26-year old right handed hitting catcher/second baseman. He has more experience as a backstop than a second baseman, but can play either position well.
Barnes is a career .300 hitter in the minor leagues and has a .390 career OBP as well. He’s hit 40 home runs and has an .828 OPS across five minor league seasons. He’s a contact hitting catcher with great on base skills that can play second base and hit a few home runs. I can see why Mark likes him and I would love to see him get more playing time this season. Unfortunately Austin Barnes probably shouldn’t be placed on the major league roster in 2016, and it has nothing to do with his playing abilities. So why shouldn’t the Dodgers find a place for him on the active roster this spring?
With about a little over two weeks from the start of spring training I wanted to share with you guys a couple of Dodgers videos as we wait for spring training to start. You know once the super bowl is over spring training is right around the corner. It’s almost here.
The Dodgers have finally announced the signing of infielder Howie Kendrick making the deal official. Kendrick signed a very team friendly two-year 20 million dollar contract. The signing was originally reported last Friday. Here is the official press release from the Dodgers.
The dictionary defines a bridge as something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things. The Dodgers are looking to build one of those things inside their own bullpen in 2016. How do the Dodgers build a bridge to closer Kenley Jansen? Dodger’s fans have been asking that question for several years now. So far the construction has not been completed. Maybe the builders are on union time.
The Dodgers have been looking for that seventh and eighth inning guy for seemingly forever. Unfortunately the bridge keeps collapsing. Again possibly shoddy construction has been the culprit. The Dodger bullpen ranked 19th in MLB last season with a 3.91 ERA and 21 blown saves. Dodger’s relievers posted a .249 batting average against and a 1.28 WHIP. There is definitely room for improvement.
How do the Dodgers build that bridge that we keep hearing about?
It shouldn’t come as a shock when I tell you that the Dodgers didn’t have a good lead-off hitter last season. Times have changed in MLB. Less and less teams are using the classic prototypical lead-off guy these days. You know the type. The little speedster that gets on base a lot, steals bases (Brett Butler was the perfect lead-off hitter) and is generally a pest for opposing clubs. Normally it’s a middle infielder and the player is usually smaller in stature. Those guys are called table setters and they can be a nightmare for other clubs. The Dodgers could have used a player like that in 2015.