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The Winter Meetings concluded in Nashville today and the Dodgers left with one less top prospect in the farm system. The Dodgers lost outfielder Alfredo Silverio to the Miami Marlins, and elected to not select a player in the Major League phase of Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.
Silverio, considered one of the organization’s better outfield prospects a year ago, after coming off a breakthrough during his 2011 season in Double-A, was seriously injured in a January auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, and missed the entire 2012 season. Silverio suffered a concussion among other injuries, eventually needing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
The former Dodger hit .306 with 16 home runs, 85 RBIs and 90 runs for Double-A Chattanooga in 2011 and was added to the 40-man roster last November to protect him from that Rule 5 Draft. The Dodgers clearly decided his future after outrighting Silverio to Triple-A Albuquerque back on November 4th to clear space on the 40-man roster.
The Marlins will now have to pay the Dodgers $50,000 and cannot send him down to the Minor Leagues for a full season without first offering him back to the Dodgers for $25,000.
In other Rule 5 news, the Dodgers selected two players in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The Dodgers first selected infielder Elevys Gonzalez (pictured left) from the Pirates’ Double-A roster and right-handed pitcher Hector Nelo (pictured right) from the Nationals’ Double-A roster.
Gonzalez, 23, is a switch-hitter and batted a combined .206 with six homers and 35 RBIs with Class A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona in 2012. Nelo, 26, had a 2.73 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Double-A Harrisburg.
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Alfredo Silverio, who had a fantastic 2011 season, was selected by the Miami Marlins in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
It was kind of surprising seeing as Silverio missed the entire 2012 season due to a nasty car accident that ultimately led to Tommy John surgery for the toolsy outfielder.
Silverio, 25, was removed from the 40-man roster before re-signing to a minor-league...
The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t seem to catch a break so far this winter as they are still awaiting on Zack Greinke‘s decision. The winter’s top prize seems like he will be signing with the Rangers any day now. The Dodgers are willing to pony up a record setting amount of money to make Grienke the richest pitcher in baseball, however, it doesn’t seem like Greinke wants to pitch...
Hanley Ramirez is officially switching back to shortstop.
After he moved to third base last season in Miami to accommodate shortstop Jose Reyes, the Dodgers are sliding him back to his original position. The club wants him to focus on his defensive shortcomings, which is why the Dodgers gave Ramirez permission to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this offseason.
On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (L.A. Dugout) and I talk about the Dodgers and the Winter Meetings rumors. Zack Greinke is the main point of discussion, but we also talk about James Shields, R.A. Dickey and a little about the Dee Gordon trade market.
We also talked about Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.While the Dodgers probably won't draft any...
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that left-handed reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement is subject to a physical before the deal can be finalized.
Choate had a 3.03 ERA and no record in 80 games this year, tying...
NASHVILLE The Angels are closing in on a deal for veteran right-hander Joe Blanton, according to a person who is familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the deal is for two years and 15 million.
Blanton, 31, has an 83-75 career record and 4.37 earned-run average during his nine-year career in which he has pitched...
It's been a busy week without it having been a busy week. Sounds weird, I know. But the Dodgers have been involved in tons of rumors, but there haven't been a lot of transactions.
Here's a quick rundown of some of the Dodger-related news this week.
Silverio wasn't concussed?
Ben Badler of Baseball America was able to interview Alfredo Silverio, the former...
The Cardinals have signed the ultimate LOOGY and got Scrabble a playmate. Randy Choate is a Cardinal. And not only is the 37 year old going to be the other "left-handed specialist" for the St. Louis club for 2013, his contract is for three years. Now how can you call Choate the ultimate LOOGY? After all, there was Tony Fossas and Graeme Lloyd and Alan Embree that...
It appears the Marlins aren’t the only team wary of issuing no-trade clauses this offseason.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Dodgers could be reluctant to offer that type of protection to free agents this offseason. It’s a philosophy that team president Stan Kasten embraced since his days with the Braves and Nationals.
But that position could prevent the Dodgers from luring...
Joe Blanton's time in Los Angeles will not yet come to a close. However, he will be changing uniforms. Blanton has reportedly signed a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He will move from Chavez Ravine to Anaheim.
According to both Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Blanton has signed a two-year deal with the Angels.
blanton gets 2 yrs, $15M
The ill-advised "mutli-year contracts to relievers" train continued to roll along on Wednesday, with the Angels signing Sean Burnett (last of the Nationals) to a two-year, $8 million deal and the Cardinals signing Randy Choate (last of the Dodgers) to a three-year, $7.5 million deal.
Both of these relievers owe Brandon League and Jonathan Broxton a fistbump for setting...
By Robert Cunningham - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Joe Blanton? Really?
Many fans are saying those exact words in their heads as they try to wrap their minds around the fact that the Angels just signed Joe Blanton to a 2 year, $15 million dollar deal with a reported option year attached.
So what was the motivation to sign what appears, on the surface, as a fringe #5 starter...
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed left handed reliever Randy Choate to a three-year, $7.5mm deal, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports.
With the departure of Choate, the Dodgers will now need to look for a left hander for their bullpen as they have Paco Rodriguez who will probably be sent back to the minors for more seasoning and Scott Elbert who is recovering from offseason surgery...
On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals added their second left-handed reliever in veteran Randy Choate.
Right handed pitcher Joe Blanton agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports. The Twins were one of the other teams interested in the veteran right hander.
Blanton, 32, went 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 7.8 K/9, 1.6 BB/9 and 1.4 HR/9 in 191.0 innings with the Phillies and Dodgers in 2012.
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