The Dodgers added three players to their 40-man roster on Friday: pitchers Chase De Jong and Jacob Rhame and catcher Kyle Farmer.
The deadline for teams to add certain minor league players to the 40-man roster in order to prevent them from being eligible for the Rule 5 draft was 5 p.m. Had they not been added today, the Dodgers would have risked losing De Jong, Rhame and Farmer.
De Jong went 14-5 with a 2.86 ERA for Double-A Tulsa, earning Texas League pitcher of the year honors. The right-hander also made three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Rhame had a 3.24 ERA in 59 appearances out of the bullpen at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year. The 23-year-old right-hander saved seven games and could reprise the closer’s role in 2017.
Farmer, 26, slashed .255/.323/.395 in 74 games at Double-A Tulsa this season.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won the National League Rookie of the Year award on Monday and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager finished third in National League Most Valuable Player voting, announced Thursday. He became one of seven players to finish in the top three vote-getters for the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Seager is also the first NL rookie to finish in the top three in an MVP race since 1952, when Dodger pitcher Joe Black finished third.
More from colleague Bill Plunkett here.
Josh Reddick slashed .258/.307/.643 in 47 regular season games with the Dodgers. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Outfielder Josh Reddick, who played 57 games for the Dodgers in 2016, has signed with the Houston Astros for four years and $52 million.
The Dodgers acquired Reddick from the Oakland A’s on Aug. 1. He proceeded to slash .258/.307/.335 in 47 regular-season games, and .308/.321/.308 in the postseason. Because he was traded during the season, Reddick wasn’t eligible to receive a qualifying offer — a one-year contract that would have allowed the Dodgers to gain a 2018 draft pick if Reddick signed elsewhere.
The Dodgers acquired Reddick in large part because of the uncertainty around right fielder Andre Ethier, who fractured his leg in spring training and wasn’t cleared to play until September. When Ethier returned — and hit effectively — Reddick’s long-term value to the Dodgers diminished. Ethier has no-trade protection and another year left on his contract. Between him and rookie Andrew Toles, the left-handed hitting corner outfielder roles were already filled. Reddick’s quick exit came as little surprise.
Recently retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is one of 21 individuals who will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Wednesday. The presentation is scheduled for Nov. 22.
From the official press release:
Vin Scully is a broadcaster who, for 67 seasons, was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. In Southern California, where generations of fans have grown up listening to Dodger baseball, Scully’s voice is known as the “soundtrack to summer.” In 1988, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Scully’s signature voice brought to life key moments in baseball history, including perfect games by Sandy Koufax and Don Larsen, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series, and Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run.
The complete list of recipients is here.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts won the NL Manager of the Year award on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Dave Roberts, who guided the Dodgers to 91 wins and a division title in his first season managing at any level, was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday. Roberts was listed first on 16 out of 30 ballots. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted on the award after the regular season.
Roberts’ own struggles on his journey to the big leagues helped him relate to his players, writes colleague Bill Plunkett.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon finished second to Roberts and was listed first on my ballot. Here’s why.