The Dodgers avoided arbitration with pitcher Chris Hatcher on Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year contract. Jon Heyman reports that Hatcher will earn $1.065 million..
Hatcher was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career. He gets a $543,000 raise over his 2015 salary.
In his first season with the Dodgers following a trade from Miami, Hatcher posted a 3.69 ERA in 49 games. He finished the 2015 season as the Dodgers’ primary set-up man to Kenley Jansen. In his final 22 appearances of the regular season following an oblique injury, the right-hander allowed three runs. Hatcher made four scoreless appearances in the postseason.
The Dodgers acquired minor league infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin, and a player to be named later or cash, from the New York Yankees in exchange for infielder Ronald Torreyes and pitcher Tyler Olson on Tuesday.
Segedin, 27, had a .350 on-base percentage in 46 games last season for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.
The Dodgers recently designated Torreyes and Olson for assignment, so the trade doesn’t affect their 40-man roster.
Alex Anthopoulos was the Toronto Blue Jays’ general manager from 2010-15. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers officially hired former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos as their Vice President, Baseball Operations on Tuesday. Anthopoulos joins Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi and Josh Byrnes and will assist in all aspects of baseball operations, according to a team release.
The Blue Jays ended a 22-year playoff drought last year under Anthopoulos, who resigned at the end of the season rather than accept a five-year contract extension. Anthopoulos was already out of work when The Sporting Newschose him as its Executive of the Year in October.
The Blue Jays went 489-483 during Anthopoulos’ tenure.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Alex on board,” Friedman said in a statement. “Farhan [Zaidi], Josh [Byrnes], and myself all have longstanding relationships with him and believe his experience and perspective will be a tremendous asset to our organization.”
Anthopoulos joined Toronto following the 2003 season as a scouting coordinator and became the Blue Jays’ Vice President, Baseball Operations & Assistant General Manager in 2006 before taking over as GM on Oct. 3, 2009. He began his baseball career with the Expos as a media relations intern in 2000 before transitioning to scouting for the club for the next three seasons.
Anthopoulos, 38, is a native of Montreal. News of the impending hire was first reported last week.
The Dodgers added to their starting pitching depth Tuesday by signing right-hander Yaisel Sierra to a 6-year contract worth $30-33 million.
Sierra, 24, pitched both as a starter and a reliever for Holguin of Cuba’s Serie Nacional. Scouts’ opinions differ on which role would suit Sierra best in MLB. While he drew praise for his smarts on the mound and a smooth, overhand delivery, he had a reputation for being unable to pitch deep into games. To that end, his ceiling isn’t considered that of a front-of-the-rotation ace, but rather a middle-of-the-rotation starter.
Scott Kazmir has pitched for five different teams, all in the American League, in an 11-year career. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers signed pitcher Scott Kazmir to a three-year, $48 million contract on Wednesday, adding to a starting rotation that had been down a man since Zack Greinke signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kazmir, 31, went 7-11 with a 3.10 ERA (3.98 FIP) in 31 starts last season, which he split between the A’s and Houston Astros. Because he was not eligible to receive a qualifying offer, signing Kazmir won’t cost the Dodgers a 2016 draft pick. The left-hander can opt out of his contract after the first year.
Kazmir gives the Dodgers a fifth left-handed pitcher for their potential 2016 rotation, along with Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Wood and Brett Anderson.