Yoan Moncada agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox on Monday, ending months of speculation surrounding the prized Cuban infielder. He’ll get $31.5 million according to multiple reports, while the Red Sox will pay the same amount in taxes to Major League Baseball because Moncada is 19 years old and has less than five years’ professional experience playing overseas.
The Yankees and Dodgers were the teams most frequently linked to Moncada the past few weeks. According to FoxSports.com:
The Dodgers passed on Moncada as well, unwilling to give up the chance to sign younger international prospects for $300,000 or more the next two years. The Yankees and Red Sox already had forfeited that chance due to previous signings, and now the Dodgers can exploit a market that will not include the two AL East behemoths as competition.
Andrew Friedman gave a tepid response Thursday to a question about whether the Dodgers’ farm system is strong enough for him to be comfortable not signing any big-name Cubans the next two years. General manager Farhan Zaidi said Saturday that “it’s sort of a more tangible opportunity cost to sign (Moncada) and presumably be shut out in the subsequent signing period.”
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss up to the first month of the regular season following foot surgery last Tuesday. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kenley Jansen arrived in camp Monday, using crutches to walk six days after his procedure in Los Angeles.
The pitcher didn’t need much convincing to get the surgery done after an x-ray revealed a growth in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.
“We’ve just got to see what’s good for you and your career and for the season, (if playing through an injury is) going to hurt the team,” he said. “I’d rather have it moving 100 percent so I can be ready for the season.”
Jansen said he first noticed pain in the affected area last year “if I paid attention sometimes, but not as much.
“If I had to pay attention on it, it was more this year,” he said. “In January the trainers checked it out to see what it is. That’s what I did. I did the right decision, I feel like.”
In five days Jansen will be off crutches and into a protective boot. He’s been cleared to begin upper-body workouts.
Ben Rowen appeared in eight major-league games with the Texas Rangers last year and allowed four runs in 8 2/3 innings. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Brandon Beachy and Chris Withrow, both of whom had Tommy John procedures on their right elbow last year, aren’t the only pitchers in camp recovering from major surgeries.
Right-hander Ben Rowen, a non-roster invitee, had thoracic outlet surgery on his right shoulder last November. It’s the same surgery that ended Josh Beckett’s 2013 season with the Dodgers.
Brandon Beachy has a 3.23 earned-run average in 46 career starts, all with the Atlanta Braves from 2010-13. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers signed free agent right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy
to a one-year contract Saturday with a club option for 2016.
To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow on the 60-day disabled list.
If healthy, Beachy adds depth to a rotation that had only a spattering of major-league experience beyond the top five.
Beachy was leading the majors with a 2.00 ERA and a .171 opponents’ batting average when he tore the UCL in his right elbow in June 2012. He underwent Tommy John surgery on June 21.
Following rehab, he made five starts with the Braves in 2013 and needed a second Tommy John surgery on March 21, 2014. He missed all of last season.
Beachy is 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA in 46 career Major League starts. He’ll wear number 37 with the Dodgers.
Eighteen-year-old pitcher Julio Urias is a non-roster invitee in the Dodgers’ major league camp. Here, manager Don Mattingly discusses the expectations on the heavily hyped pitcher:
Zack Greinke received an injection in his right elbow Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Updating our previous post, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke received something the team called a “lubricating injection” in his right elbow Thursday. He’s expected to be back on a normal routine in a few days.
“I think they wanted to have (the injection) a couple days earlier but they really wanted the doc to be here,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We had to wait a couple days.”
Mattingly said that Greinke has received the injection each of the past two years as well, a fact the team didn’t disclose until today.
“Zack had thrown like five bullpens and it’s something he’d planned on doing,” Mattingly said.
If Greinke has had the injection before, it’s worth questioning its efficacy.
In August of last year the Dodgers delayed one of Greinke’s starts for two days because of elbow soreness; he said the injury had been bothering him for a month at the time. Greinke left Camelback Ranch midway through his first camp with the Dodgers because of inflammation in the back of his right elbow.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Pitcher Zack Greinke received a “lubricating injection” in his right elbow and is expected to be back on his normal routine soon.
Pitcher Sergio Santos, who was sent home yesterday due to illness, is back. So is third baseman Juan Uribe, who rolled into camp in a massive Hummer four days ahead of the mandatory reporting date for position players:
I caught up with pitcher Chris Withrow, who’s been here since Feb. 10 rehabbing from surgery on a herniated disk in December. Back in January at FanFest, Withrow said there was no timetable for him to resume throwing. He’s throwing now but with many restrictions: from his knees, from a short distance, and not exerting himself. “Just to get my shoulder moving,” he said.
Don Mattingly is about to address the media.
The UCLA baseball team won the 2013 College World Series.
UCLA and Vanderbilt, the two most recent College World Series champions, will play at Dodger Stadium in the College Baseball Classic on March 8.
UCLA will play USC in a game televised on the Pac-12 Network at 3:30 p.m. Vanderbilt will play TCU in the opener of the marquee doubleheader at 11:45 a.m.
Vanderbilt is ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America preseason top 25. TCU, which advanced to the 2014 College World Series, is ranked seventh. UCLA is ranked No. 11.
Here’s more information from the Dodgers’ press release:
Vin Scully is coming to Arizona to broadcast the Dodgers’ March 27 game against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
SportsNet LA announced Thursday that it will televise 31 of the Dodgers’ 35 spring training games.
Vin Scully will call four spring training telecasts: all three Freeway Series games, April 2-4 against the Angels, and a game against the San Francisco Giants on March 27 in Glendale, Arizona. Charley Steiner will be joined by analysts Rick Monday, Kevin Kennedy and Orel Hershiser during the other SNLA broadcasts.
Currently, four Dodgers split-squad games will not air live: March 20, 21 and 29 against the Texas Rangers, and March 6 against the Brewers. The games March 20 and 21 are to be played indoors at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The March 6 game is scheduled to air on MLB Network on a delay. This broadcast will not be blacked out by SportsNet LA, according to a spokesperson for the network.
MLB Network previously announced that it is broadcasting three Dodgers Cactus League games live: March 5 vs. the White Sox, March 11 vs. the Cubs and March 12 vs. the Padres. However, these games will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.
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Here’s more from a Dodgers press release Thursday: