Adrian Gonzalez won his fourth career Gold Glove award yesterday. The Dodgers first baseman added to his resume today.
Gonzalez was named the Wilson defensive first baseman of the year, and Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe was named the Wilson defensive third baseman of the year.
Uribe also won the award last year. Unlike the Gold Glove awards (but like the Fielding Bible Awards), the Wilson awards cover both leagues.
Farhan Zaidi will become the 11th general manager in Dodgers history. (Getty Images)
In case you missed it, the Dodgers are expected to name Farhan Zaidi their next general manager at some point this week. Compared to many assistant general managers, much was written about Zaidi during his 10 years (2005-14) with the Oakland A’s.
The Dodgers will name Oakland A’s assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi their next GM, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Former San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes is also expected to be appointed to a front-office role when the official announcement is made.
Those announcements are expected sometime this week.
Zaidi, 37, would succeed Ned Colletti, who was named senior advisor to President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman in October.
Zaidi was hired into the A’s baseball operations department in 2005 and spent the next 10 years in Oakland. He was instrumental in signing Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36 million contract in February 2012 according to the San Francisco Chronicle and was regarded as a front-office advocate for the club’s scouting reports.
According to the A’s media guide, Zaidi’s primary responsibilities included “providing statistical analysis for evaluating and targeting players in the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets. He also assists on arbitration cases, minor league contracts and works closely with the coaching staff during the season in analyzing data from advance scouting reports.”
Prior to joining the A’s, Zaidi served as business development associate for Small World Media, the fantasy sports division of The Sporting News, and also worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
Zaidi earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Zack Greinke won Gold Glove Awards at their positions Tuesday.
Greinke, 31, had never won a Gold Glove award before in his career. Greinke made one error in 59 chances this season, a .983 fielding percentage.
Gonzalez had won the award three times before in his career, twice with the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox. No Dodgers first baseman had won a Gold Glove award since Steve Garvey in 1977.
Gonzalez gets an additional $100,000 from the Dodgers for winning the award, part of a bonus clause that was written into his 2012 contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Juan Uribe was a finalist for a Gold Glove award at third base. He fell short in the balloting to defending winner Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was a finalist to win the award along with Greinke.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is a finalist for the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.
Tuesday’s announcement of the top three vote-getters in each BBWAA award category came as little surprise. Kershaw had a career year for the Dodgers, going 21-3 with a 1.77 earned-run average — both major-league highs. Despite missing the month of April with a back injury, Kershaw also led the majors in complete games (6), ERA+ (197), WHIP (1.857) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.8) among other categories.
The Reds’ Johnny Cueto and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright are the other finalists for the NL Cy Young Award. The winner will be announced Nov. 12.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the defending winner, are also MVP finalists. The winner will be announced Nov. 13.
Kershaw was the only Dodgers player among the top three vote-getters in any category. No National League pitcher has finished among the top three vote-getters in MVP balloting since Greg Maddux in 1995; no NL pitcher has won an MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Former Dodgers catcher Russell Martin batted 290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014.
The signing of Ryan Jackson and the release of Scott Elbert yesterday put the Dodgers’ 40-man roster at 36 Monday. Today is the first day free agents can sign with any club. With four empty roster spots, what should Andrew Friedman do?
Here are four free ideas:
The Dodgers re-signed pitchers Barry Enright and Juan Gonzalez to minor league contracts Monday, according to BaseballAmerica.com.
The Dodgers claimed Enright off waivers after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies in July. The 28-year-old right-hander pitched in eight games (five starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque last season, going 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA.
Gonzalez spent all of last season at Double-A Chattanooga, his first year in he Dodgers organization after beginning his career in the Colorado Rockies’ system. The 24-year-old right-hander made 54 appearances, all in relief, and limited left-handed hitters to a .225 batting average. Right-handers hit just .256 against Gonzalez, but he struggled with control, walking 47 batters and striking out 48 in 70 innings.
The Dodgers claimed shortstop Ryan Jackson off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Monday.
Jackson, 26, was playing for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in April when he suffered a serious wrist injury that required surgery. He returned to play two Triple-A games at the end of August.
A 2009 draft pick out of the University of Miami, Jackson has two hits in 24 career at-bats, all with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 and 2013.
The Dodgers have 36 players on their 40-man roster.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)
Scott Elbert, who journeyed back from Tommy John surgery to capture an unlikely playoff roster spot in 2014, has elected free agency and been removed from the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
Elbert, 29, was designated for assignment in June, went unclaimed, and pitched his way back onto the Dodgers’ roster for a September call-up. He made seven regular-season appearances and allowed only one run, then was a surprise selection to the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In his only postseason appearance, Elbert gave up a two-run home run to the Cardinals’ Kolten Wong in Game 3 of the series, a 3-1 Dodgers loss.
In six major-league seasons, Elbert has made 127 appearances, all out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. He has a 4-3 record and a 3.57 earned-run average.
Elbert was a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2004.
Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson blew four of five save opportunities in 2014. He will make $9.5 million next season. (Getty Images)
exercised a player option in his contract that will pay the right-hander $9.5 million in 2015.
Wilson made 61 appearances in 2014, all but six of which came in the eighth inning or later. He began the season as the primary set-up man to Kenley Jansen, but finished the season as more of a situational eighth-inning reliever. Wilson struggled to retire left-handed hitters all season (.914 OPS) and blew four of the five save opportunities he was given.