WBC provisional rosters announced

The Dodgers won’t be hit too hard by the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Each of the 16 participating nations released a 45-man provisional roster on Monday — those rosters will be cut to 28 by Feb. 24 — and Broxton (USA) and Martin (Canada) were the only frontline Dodgers players who appeared on any of them.
Also appearing were two non-roster invitees to big-league spring training in pitcher Brian Mazone and outfielder Valentino Pascucci, both of whom showed up on Italy’s provisional roster, as well as top shortstop prospect Ivan De Jesus Jr. (Puerto Rico) and minor-league catcher Kenley Jansen (Netherlands).

Garrett addresses Dodgers prospects

USC athletic director and former Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett was today’s guest speaker as the second week of the Dodgers’ annual winter development program for top prospects got under way at Dodger Stadium.
“He was outstanding,” said Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, who has developed a close friendship with Garrett over the years. “Having grown up in L.A. and followed the Dodgers since he was a young kid, and with what he has helped establish at USC, he was one of the most poignant speakers we have had in the two years we have had the program. His message was about teamwork, mental toughness and the ingredients you need to be successful at a high level.”

Details on Repko’s deal

It is $500k, with $87,500 in incentives based on plate appearances. He gets $12,500 for 100 PAs and $25k each for 150, 250 and 350 PAs. Those might be hard to reach considering he still has an option and isn’t a lock to make the roster. It probably depends on the Dodgers not re-signing Manny and not signing any other veteran OFs. Interestingly, the incentives on this deal are identical to the incentives from the deal he signed last year when he was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He didn’t reach any of them because he spent most of the year in the minors. So the only difference is the base is $12,500 more than it was last year.

Jason Repko avoids arbitration, signs one-year deal

Smart move on his part, as it wouldn’t have been in his best interest to take the club to a hearing considering he had a whopping 20 plate appearances in the big leagues last season. He gets a very modest raise of $12,500 in base salary, which is now $500k, which I believe he gets whether he is in the majors or the minors. There are also some plate-appearance bonuses that max out at $87,500 or $90,000 depending on which report you believe. I’m trying to run that down now. The other three eligibles, Broxton, Martin and Ethier, exchange arbitration numbers with the club tomorrow if they don’t sign today.

Friends in high places … well, one, anyway

Since all appears eerily quiet on the Dodgers’ front — although I am anticipating it’s going to be a very busy week, what with arbitration figures exchanged and possibly a couple of other things — I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pass on my sincere congratulations to Camille Johnston, the Dodgers’ former VP/communications. You might have already heard, but she has been named director of communications for incoming first lady Michelle Obama, a job she presumably will begin on Tuesday. You may recall that Camille formerly served in the same capacity for Tipper Gore for a time during the Clinton years, which is why T.J. Simers over at the Times would always refer to her in print as “the Tipper Gore lady.” Camille left the Dodgers a little more than a year ago, although like so many others during the McCourt era, it is more likely that she was pushed aside. Camille is a loyal Democrat to the end, and I miss the spirited (and usually friendly) political debates she and I used to engage in from opposite ends of the spectrum. Mostly, though, I just miss having her around all the time. She is a great friend and a great person, and I’m glad to see she has landed on her feet.

Andruw Jones released

This comes as no surprise, of course. It’s a sad end to a sad chapter in Dodgers’ history, but it was a short chapter, nevertheless. Frank McCourt did confirm after today’s tour/photo op at the new spring-training complex that team officials did discuss the possibility of trying to void the contract sometime last season — he wouldn’t say when, but it was obvious he was talking about mid-summer — but that the decision was made not to proceed. McCourt denied that the decision not to proceed was based on the fact the club would have stood very little chance of emerging victorious in such a matter against the all-powerful players’ union. He said the decision was instead based on not wanting to create a distraction for the team. “We want to stay focused on winning a championship,” McCourt said.

Correcting Mota’s numbers

Turns out it’s not 750k in incentives. It’s 75k in incentives FOUR TIMES, which means a max. of 300k. He gets 75k for each of 30, 40, 50 and 60 games finished, which means the whole thing is probably moot because unless Broxton and Kuo both suffer season-ending injuries, there is very little chance that Guillermo Mota is going to finish 30 games. Then again, if a pitcher pitches the bottom of the eighth inning of a game on the road, and the home team wins that game without the bottom of the ninth being played, then that pitcher does get credit for a game finished.

Mota passes physical, one-year contract becomes official

Still trying to run down the financial terms. Here is the release:

LOS ANGELES – The National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota on a one-year contract. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.
“Guillermo is a power arm that can stabilize the back of our bullpen,” Colletti said. “He’s had plenty of success in L.A. before and we look forward to seeing that again.”
Mota appeared in 58 games for the Milwaukee Brewers last season, helping the team to its first division championship since 1982. The native of the Dominican Republic went 5-6 with one save and a 4.11 ERA (26 ER/57.0 IP) with 50 strikeouts for Milwaukee and also appeared in two Division series contests against Philadelphia.
The right-hander began his career in Montreal and appeared in 133 games for the Expos from 1999-2001, before being traded to the Dodgers in March of 2002. Mota then matured into one of Eric Gagn’s primary set up men over the next two seasons and went 7-6 with a 2.60 ERA (66 ER/228.2 IP) in 171 games for Los Angeles from 2002-04.
In 2003, Mota enjoyed a dominating campaign, going 6-3 with one save and a 1.97 ERA (23 ER/105.0 IP) in 76 games. Batters hit just .206 against him that season and Mota established career highs in wins, games, innings pitched, and strikeouts (99).
In 2004, Mota had a record of 8-4 with a 2.14 ERA when he was traded to the Florida Marlins in July with Paul Lo Duca and Juan Encarnacion in exchange for Brad Penny, Hee-Seop Choi, and Bill Murphy.
After spending parts of two seasons with the Marlins, Mota was dealt again, this time with Josh Beckett to the Boston Red Sox for among others, Hanley Ramirez. Before Mota had settled in Boston, he was traded to Cleveland in January of 2006 and then shipped to the New York Mets that August.
Mota stabilized the Mets’ bullpen down the September stretch, allowing just two runs in 18 innings pitched and earning a spot on their postseason roster, where he appeared in seven games against the Dodgers and Cardinals in the 2006 NLDS and NLCS.
Since 2003, Mota has averaged 62 appearances per season and in his career, the set-up man is 33-35 with eight saves and a 3.97 ERA in 548 games.