Found December 06, 2012 on
Feelin' Kinda Blue:
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 deal with the Dodgers.
His 2011 season got people talking and believing, so much so that Baseball America ranked him as the Dodgers' fourth-best prospect heading into 2011. I had him at No. 12 and had him slotted in the mid-20s for my upcoming Top 50 prospects.
Silverio has to remain on the Marlins' roster all season, otherwise they have to send him back to the Dodgers. By selecting him, the Marlins pay the Dodgers $50,000. I know it sounds weird, but the Marlins are actually paying a baseball player to play ball. Novel concept.
Not sure Silverio will last the season on the 25-man roster, bu...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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.
Image by keithreifsnyder under the...
This year was a rather light year for Rule 5 prospects in terms of players I’ve seen in person, but a handful of players were taken worth mentioning.
Chris McGuiness, Cleveland Indians
A fine organizational piece, I saw McGuiness in 2010 as a member of the Greenville Red Sox. At the time, he presented as a solid, all-around hitter with no stand out tool and limited defensive...