OK, let’s start with the reaction to today’s news. That’s easier to explain than the news itself.
If you are a Dodgers fan who can’t get SportsNet LA on your television at home, your rooting interest in the proposed Time Warner Cable-Comcast merger is simple. You want the merger resolved quickly, one way or another. If the merger is approved, a separate transaction would be approved that would put SportsNet LA in the home of every Southern California Charter cable subscriber. If it isn’t approved, Time Warner and DirecTV are more likely to resume negotiations over SportsNet LA (there have been no negotiations to report lately).
So, either way, a swift resolution to the merger brings the Dodgers closer to more televisions.
Now, the news.
The Dodgers claimed right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino from Cincinnati and designated left-handed pitcher Ryan Dennick for assignment.
Corcino has a 45-52 record with a 4.13 ERA in 168 career minor league games in the Reds’ organization. He appeared in five major league games last season and allowed nine runs in 18 ⅔ innings, a 4.34 earned-run average. He opened this season with Double-A Pensacola, tossing a scoreless inning of relief in his only outing.
The 24-year-old pitcher was signed by the Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 from the Dominican Republic. He will report to Double-A Tulsa.
Dennick was claimed by the Dodgers from the Reds on Wednesday. The 28-year-old pitcher has a 27-31 record with 18 saves and a 3.88 ERA in 210 career minor league games over seven seasons. He appeared in eight games for the big-league Reds last season.
Corcino had been compared to Johnny Cueto coming up in the Reds’ organization. One scout who saw Corcino this spring clocked his fastball in the upper 80-mph range to go along with a plus changeup.
Colleague Jessica Davis captured some sights and sounds from the Dodgers Foundation charity gala Thursday night:
… including Yasiel Puig modeling a man purse — a murse, if you will: