Five things Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said after Jimmy Rollins’ presser.

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Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi touched on a variety of topics after Jimmy Rollins’ introductory press conference on Wednesday. Here are some highlights:
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Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi on signing pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao.

Chin-Hui Tsao, in all likelihood, will never pitch a meaningful game for the Dodgers this season. He signed a minor league contract last month and has not received an invitation to the club’s major league spring training camp.

But Tsao’s alleged involvement in fixing a game in the Taiwanese League has been well-documented (see here and here) and makes his return to North America intriguing, to say the least. Tsao pitched for the Dodgers in 2007, appearing in 21 major-league games. He also spent time in the Rockies and Royals organizations before returning to his native Taiwan.

Now he’s back, in a minor-league uniform at least. General manager Farhan Zaidi briefly discussed Tsao and the controversy surrounding the pitcher on Wednesday:
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Former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Hall of Fame called for former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez on Tuesday.

The right-handed pitcher was listed on 91.1 percent of ballots, second only to Randy Johnson. Two others were elected, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. It’s the first time three pitchers have been inducted to the Hall of Fame in the same year.

Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of ballots, short of the 75 percent needed for induction.

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IBWAA elects five to Hall of Fame.

In its 2015 Hall of Fame election the IBWAA selected Randy Johnson (with 98.24% of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15%), John Smoltz (82.82%), Jeff Bagwell (81.94%) and Tim Raines (79.30%). A 75% threshold is required for election.

I wrote a bit about the IBWAA yesterday and why I was paying particular attention to its Hall of Fame election results this year. Here are the full voting results, based on 227 ballots and an average of 11 players named on each ballot:

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AP: Brett Anderson can make up to $14 million this season with Dodgers.

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The Dodgers signed left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson to a one-year contract worth $5 million in base salary. He can earn up to $14 million. (Getty Images)

Brett Anderson‘s one-year contract with the Dodgers will pay the left-handed pitcher up to $14 million this season, according to the Associated Press. Via ESPN:

Anderson gets a $5 million signing bonus as part of his $10 million, one-year contract and can make an additional $4 million in performance bonuses.

The 26-year-old left-hander, whose deal was completed last week, is due half the signing bonus on Jan. 15 and the rest on Feb. 15. He receives a $5 million salary and can earn bonuses based on innings pitched: $300,000 each for 150 and 155; $350,000 apiece for 160, 165, 170 and 175; and $400,000 each for 180, 185, 190, 195 and 200.

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Ten Hall of Fame questions with IBWAA founder Howard Cole.

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Pedro Martinez is on both the BBWAA and IBWAA Hall of Fame ballots for the first time. (Getty Images)

Tomorrow is the big day for the Hall of Fame class of 2015, as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its election results at 11 a.m. on MLB Network.

A candidate must be named on 75 percent of ballots to gain induction, as usual. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines are the most prominent names in the spotlight this year. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is on the ballot for the final time as a player. Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, remarkably, might be on the ballot for the final time as well if he isn’t named on 5 percent of the ballots.

The website BaseballThinkFactory.com is tabulating the results of BBWAA votes as they are made public on the internet. Not all votes will be made public on the internet.

I did not receive a BBWAA ballot, since I don’t have the necessary 10 years’ experience required to vote in the Hall of Fame election.

I did, however, cast a ballot in the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America Hall of Fame election. Those results will also be announced tomorrow. The IBWAA, founded in 2009, has several members (like myself) who belong to the BBWAA as well. A few even cast ballots in both Hall of Fame elections.

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Report: Baltimore Orioles still haven’t ruled out acquiring Andre Ethier from Dodgers.

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Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier still has three years and $53.5 million remaining on his contract, plus a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


File this one in the lukewarm rumor file.

We’ve reported in the past the multiple teams showed interest in Andre Ethier. Evidently the Baltimore Orioles are one of those teams, and they still have not ruled out acquiring him from the Dodgers, according to a report Sunday on masnsports.com.

From Roch Kubatko:

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Dodgers designate Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment, announce Brett Anderson signing.

The fact that Brett Anderson passed his physical and signed a contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday is noteworthy. When I asked Andrew Friedman before Christmas if Anderson’s physical would delay his contract longer than Matt Kemp’s, he laughed. Friedman might have been nervous. Anderson, after all, has had enough injuries during his career to qualify for an NFL pension, from a car accident in the minors to a bulging disk in his back last season.

That said, the biggest news of the day is that Erisbel Arruebarrena has been designated for assignment.

The Dodgers could afford to cut a middle infielder with Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick, Darwin Barney, Justin Turner and Arruebarrena all in the picture. If Corey Seager is able to enter the picture in 2015, one of the five would certainly have to leave. This clears the way for that to happen soon — possibly in spring training.

The Dodgers are still responsible for Arruebarrena’s contract, which runs through 2018. He will collect his full $25 million somewhere, whether it’s in the minor leagues, on another team, or in Los Angeles.

If they cannot trade Arruebarrena, the Dodgers will likely send him to Triple-A, where he can earn his way back on to the major-league roster. For now, he’s off the roster and Anderson is in.

In case you noticed, teams don’t usually cut players with four years left on their contract. But Friedman has demonstrated over the last month that he is not afraid to thwart conventional thinking to mold a roster however he wants. Brian Wilson, Matt Kemp, Dan Haren and possibly others will collect paychecks from the Dodgers next year and never play a game for them.

That won’t matter a great deal to fans if the Dodgers win a World Series. It will be the first thing they point out if the Dodgers fall short.

 

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