According to BaseballAmerica.com, all 30 teams have received their 2015 draft bonus pool and 2015-16 international bonus pool allotments.
For the Dodgers, their draft bonus pool will be $6,954,700 and their international bonus pool will be $2,020,300.
The international bonus pool money is particularly important. By not signing Yoan Moncada (or even offering him a contract, for that matter), the Dodgers can sign certain international players to a bonus greater than $300,000. That puts them at a competitive advantage over their National League West rival Diamondbacks, who forfeited that right by signing Yoan Lopez. Writes Ben Badler:
The Angels, Rays, Red Sox and Yankees will also be unable to sign any pool-eligible players for more than $300,000 during the 2015-16 signing period. They do still keep their entire bonus pool, however, and are free to trade the individual slot values that comprise their pool.
While the majority of July 2 signings come from Latin America, especially the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, the bonus pools cover players classified as international amateurs from all countries not subject to the June draft. Cuban players are subject to the bonus pools as well, unless they are at least 23 years old and have played five or more seasons in Serie Nacional, in which case they are exempt.
Infielder Hector Olivera, to whom the Dodgers have been linked, isn’t subject to the international bonus pool restriction. Pitcher Yadier Alvarez is.
The Angels released their complete spring training television schedule on Thursday. The good news for Dodgers fans: Their five head-to-head games against the Dodgers (March 19, March 28 and April 2-4) will not be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.
The April 4 game is on KCOP, the April 2 game is on Prime Ticket, and the other three are on Fox Sports West.
Other than a tape-delayed March 6 game against the Milwaukee Brewers on MLB Network, these are the only spring training games available on TV to non-Time Warner Cable subscribers. Currently, SportsNet LA is only available to Time Warner subscribers in Southern California.
After signing Chad Gaudin to a minor-league deal Wednesday, here’s what the Dodgers’ starting rotation depth chart looks like at the moment:
Chad Gaudin went 5-2 with a 3.06 earned-run average for the San Francisco Giants in 2013. He did not pitch last season. (Getty Images)
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.
Zack Greinke thinks he’s “three or four days behind some guys” in spring training. (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, his first of the spring. It was Greinke’s first time off a mound since he received a lubricating injection in his right elbow last week.
Greinke said he threw all fastballs at a typical effort for a bullpen at this time of year — that is, submaximal.
Greinke declined to comment on the effect of the injection, but manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke has had the injection at the beginning of every camp with the Dodgers. He appears to be on track with a normal spring training.
“I think I’m going to be three or four days behind some guys,” Greinke said. “I’m not trying to push it.”
Greinke might not have enough arm strength built up to throw live batting practice to hitters. That could begin by the end of the week, once position players have reported to camp. But again, this is all normal for him.
At least there is no regular-season game in Sydney to prepare for, an idea Greinke did not personally endorse last year.
“I think that caused some trouble with a lot of pitchers, having to get ready extra fast,” Greinke said. “It just was a weird situation last year.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers coaches and executives have already met to discuss the long list of pitchers and catchers in camp this year. Tomorrow, they will discuss position players.
What’s that about?
“Every spring you go over guys in camp,” manager Don Mattingly said. “There’ll be kids here we don’t know from other organizations. We get to talk about them a little bit. There’s younger guys that are in camp from Double-A, whatever, that we haven’t seen a lot. Player development people can help you get a sense for this kid, that kid. It’s just all information as far as where we’re going, what’s the plan, just so everybody has a familiarity with everyone as we get into camp.”
Mattingly reiterated that he expects all players to report on time Wednesday. If someone is injured or delayed for any reason, he’ll find out for sure in the meeting.
Andre Ethier was used primarily off the bench in the second half of 2014. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — When the Dodgers acquired catcher Yasmani Grandal at the Winter Meetings in December, president Andrew Friedman called A.J. Ellis to discuss the move before word of the trade got to the media. Friedman didn’t have to make the call. Ellis, who’s been the starting catcher here the last three years, appreciated the courtesy.
Andre Ethier did not get such a courtesy call this winter.
Ethier has played 1,275 games in a Dodgers uniform the past nine seasons. The Dodgers owe him at least another $56 million guaranteed over the next three years. Yet Ethier enters camp embroiled in a competition for the starting center fielder’s job with top prospect Joc Pederson and Chris Heisey, whom the Dodgers acquired this winter.
Ethier, who turns 33 in April, still believes he has an opportunity to be an everyday player here this season.
Dustin McGowan, 32, has a 25-27 record and a 4.57 ERA over parts of seven major-league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers signed veteran right-hander Dustin McGowan to a one-year contract Monday, throwing another power arm into their unsettled bullpen hierarchy. Continue reading
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?