After signing Chad Gaudin to a minor-league deal Wednesday, here’s what the Dodgers’ starting rotation depth chart looks like at the moment:
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers signed veteran pitcher Chad Gaudin to a minor-league contract Wednesday with an invitation to major-league camp.
Gaudin, 31, has pitched for nine teams since breaking in with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2003. That doesn’t include a brief look in the Philadelphia Philies’ camp last season, which ended when he failed his physical.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said that the front office will meet this spring to discuss Julio Urias’ 2015 workload.
The 18-year-old pitcher threw 87 ⅔ innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga last year.
“It’s just going to be using his total innings last year as a foundation and then building off that — not just regular season but even camp,” Zaidi said. “In general, you don’t want a guy’s innings to jump by more than 20 to 50 innings.”
So, somewhere between 107 ⅔ and 137 ⅔ innings then, right?
Seager (5), Pederson (8) and Urias (10) are among the top 10 prospects in the game according to BaseballAmerica.com. Pitcher Grant Holmes, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2014, is 74th on BA’s list of the top 100 prospects in the game.
We’ve seen a few of these lists in recent weeks. Now it’s time to devise the master ranking. What is the consensus among the experts?
The answer, in chart form:
GLENDALE, Ariz. — For teams interested in signing 19-year-old Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, it’s essential to ask whether they have enough money to compete with the Dodgers in a bidding war.
For the Dodgers, whose 2014 payroll was the highest in baseball history, money might not be their greatest obstacle.
More than the cost of his signing bonus — estimated in various reports to be between $30-$50 million, plus a 100 percent tax — Moncada might not appeal to the Dodgers because they would be restricted from signing cap-eligible international players to massive contracts for two years starting in July. Are the Dodgers willing to not bid more than $300,000 on cap-eligible free agents in the upcoming international signing period? What about in 2016-17?
Dodgers president Andrew Friedman called this a topic for debate “that we’ll always have.”
In the latest glorified opinion, Urias is fourth, Seager is sixth, and Pederson 11th on FanGraphs’ Top 200 prospect list. Right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes, the Dodgers’ first-round pick out of high school last year, is 89th. Andrew Heaney, whom the Dodgers traded to the Angels to acquire Howie Kendrick, is 50th.
For Urias, Seager and Pederson, it’s time to play baseball. The Sporting News, Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com all ranked the three prospects similarly high on their lists. (BaseballAmerica.com, we’re waiting.) All of this makes their arrival in major-league camp one of the top storylines of spring training — which I wrote about over the weekend.
Aardsma, 33, saved 69 games in 78 opportunities with the Seattle Mariners from 2009-10. He underwent Tommy John surgery the following year and has only appeared in 44 major-league games since — all but one for the Mets in 2013.
In 33 games last year for the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate, Aardsma went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA.
Aardsma held a showcase for scouts Monday and reportedly hit 92 mph on the radar gun.
The Dodgers have extended invitations to 19 non-roster players.
Luis Matos will manage Single-A Great Lakes in 2015, the Dodgers announced Thursday.
Matos replaces Bill Haselman, who managed the Loons to a 66-73 record in 2014. Haselman was originally re-hired as the Loons’ manager, with Matos as a third coach. When P.J. Forbes resigned as the manager of Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Feb. 2, Haselman moved up a level, creating the vacancy at Great Lakes.
Matos was a hitting coach this past winter for Crillos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League and also served as a coach in MLB’s Puerto Rico Youth Summer League.
Here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release:
The Caribbean Series is over. The Cuban club from Pinar del Rio beat the Mexican entry from Culiacan, 3-2, to claim the championship Sunday.
It’s worth mentioning that Dodgers infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez had a strong series. His Puerto Rico club didn’t make the final, but Hernandez went 3 for 11 with a home run and two RBIs in three games. That followed a 15-game stint in the Puerto Rican Winter League in which Hernandez slashed .279/.328/.377.
Those numbers won’t blow you away, but in such a small sample size there’s going to be more to the story than just numbers.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) February 6, 2015
We should also mention Dodgers minor-league infielder Brandon Dixon, who had a productive three games in the Australian Baseball League championship Sunday. Playing for the Adelaide Bite, Dixon went 4 for 14 (.286) with at least one hit in each game of the three-game series.
Dixon batted .289 with nine home runs in 47 games during the ABL regular season. That’s equal to the number of home runs he hit in 94 games last season in the hitter-friendly California League.