Dodgers non-tender five, including Takashi Saito

The others were Scott Proctor, Yhency Brazoban, Angel Berroa and a guy I had no idea was arbitration-eligible, Mario Alvarez. Anyway, the important thing to note is that all of these guys can still be re-signed. All this does is take them out of the arbitration loop, leaving only Martin, Ethier and Broxton. Haven’t spoken with anyone about this yet, so I should have more information when I do.

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  • Dave R.

    It would be nice to see Martin, Broxton, and Ethier signed to LT deals. Of course that requires McCourt spending money, so we’ll see…

  • Dave R.

    Tony – Alvarez wasn’t arb-eligible. The Dodgers simply didn’t feel it was worth keeping him and his 7+ ERA around.

  • http://lawdog lawdog

    Consider Ben Sheetswhos 30 years old and gets hurt a lot.

    Sheets throws a four-seam fastball clocked between 94-98 mph, a curveball in the 80-83 mph range, and a changeup that arrives in the mid-70s. Sheets also has great command of his three pitches, as evidenced by the outstanding strikeout-walk ratios he has posted over recent seasons.

    ERA last season 3.09, 13-9 with a WHIP of 1.15. I dont know much about WHIPSbut that one sounds like a dandy! He made $12, 125,000 last season.

    198.1 innings last year. Sounds like hes not hurt anymore! He gave up only 181 hits, 158 strikouts and only 47 walks.

    During 2004, his fastball was being clocked regularly at 96 to 98 miles per hour, primarily a result of improved health. In 2003, Sheets had been troubled by bulging discs in his lower back, but these problems subsided in 2004. That season he also struck out 18 batters in a May 16, 2004 game against the Atlanta Braves. On June 13, 2004, Sheets struck out three batters on nine pitches in the third inning of a 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros. Sheets became the 26th National League pitcher and the 35th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning.

    In some years past he’s had WHIPS under 1.00–which I hear is supposed to be damn good.

    I dont know how many other teams are going after himparticularly now that CC is gone and the Yanks are out of the picture. Hes worth a 3 year deal with a team option for a 4th. Would you pay him $42 million for 3 years?

    He might be a good fit. ;-)