Originally written on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 11/19/11


Well just about 24 hours ago I tried to predict Colletti's next move as it pertains to removing some players from the eligibility list in the Rule 5 draft. Well as you might know, our GM can be quite unpredictable at times, and can do some of the most bizarre and sometimes downright ridiculously stupid things at other times. You might recall I tried to predict what Colletti would do. I thought Colletti might remove Oeltjen, Eveland, and maybe Troncoso from the roster to make some room on the 40-man roster. I figured Oeltjen and Eveland were as good as gone, as I don't see how they fit in the master plan for the 2012 season.

Instead Colletti outrighted John Ely and Carlos Monasterios today, leaving me stupefied over here. I figured both guys would be considered for a possible spot in the rotation next season, or if nothing else, a role in the bullpen. Though just because they were outrighted it doesn't necessarily mean their time with the Dodgers has reached the end. So with the roster move, it cleared two spots on the 40-man roster, bringing the total to 33 open spots. The next move was Colletti protecting five more by adding Chris Withrow, Alex Castellanos, Josh Wall, Stephen Fife, and Michael Antonini. So I am perfectly happy with the players added, the problem is who wasn't added. Please explain to me how and why Ethan Martin was not added. From what I can tell he is definitely on the eligible list, and as he was recently ranked the Dodgers ninth overall prospect, he stands a very good chance of being picked.

Also not added was Kyle Russell and Cole St. Clair, but hey there isn't room for all of these guys. So Colletti is obviously taking a gamble here, and remember any player selected during the draft has to remain on the major league roster for the entire season, making it a risk most teams won't make. Teams like the Marlins, Royals, Pirates, and Astros are always wild-cards when it comes to the draft because they are always willing to take a chance on someone.

Withrow, 22, was a first round pick by the Dodgers in the 2007 draft. He posted a 4.20 ERA and recorded 130 strikeouts in 128 2/3 innings in minor league ball last year.

Castellanos, 25, was acquired from the Cardinals in the Rafael Furcal trade this summer. The second baseman tore it up over in AA ball this year, and he will likely be given an opportunity for a major league roster spot during Spring Training. Evan Barnes over at Bleacher Report recently ranked Castellanos as the number 11 overall prospect in the Dodgers farm system.

Fife, 25, was the Red Sox 32nd overall prospect, as he came from Boston as part of the infamous Trayvon Robinson trade.

Antonini, 26, was acquired from the Mets in the Chin-lung Hu trade. He ended up going 10-9 with a 4.01 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 148 innings for Chattanooga.

Wall, 24, was the Dodgers second round pick in the 2004 draft, had a 3.93 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings of relief for the Lookouts this year.

So after the dust settled today the Dodgers 40-man roster stood at 38. Clearly that is not going to work for the rest of the off-season. The Dodgers still have plenty of work to do this winter, so when space becomes an issue, I expect Dana Eveland, Ramon Troncoso, and Trent Oeltjen to get the first look when roster space inevitably needs to be made. From there a spot will get cleared when Hong-Chih Kuo gets non-tendered.
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