The Dodgers officially signed three more of their draft picks, left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer (fifth round), right-handed pitcher A.J. Alexy (11th round) and right-handed pitcher Joel Toribio (34th round).
Smeltzer receives a $500,000 bonus, which is over the recommended bonus ($331,100) for the 161st overall pick.
Alexy reportedly signed for $600,000, which is effectively over the slot value, though MLB does not officially assign one for slots in the 11th round or later.
The Dodgers have signed 26 of their 42 picks, including 12 of the first 13.
While we wait for the final list of international amateurs the Dodgers signed in the 2015-16 period, we have a report on their combined cost: about $48 million in bonuses, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Because the Dodgers face a 100 percent tax on every dollar spent over their international bonus pool — $2,020,300 according to Baseball America — their total bill is close to $96 million.
Rosenthal couches those figures in the context of economic disparity. Few teams have that kind of money to spend in such a speculative market. In fact, six teams opened the season with major league payrolls below $96 million — the Reds, Braves, Athletics, Marlins, Rays and Brewers.
The Dodgers capped the 2015-16 international amateur spending period by signing Cuban outfielder Yordan Alvarez.
Vin Scully, who missed last night’s game with a sore throat, will be back in the broadcast booth tonight, the Dodgers announced.
Monday, Scully was limited to television duties only as he battled the sore throat. Today he will be heard for the first three innings on radio too, as usual.
The Dodgers claimed right-handed pitcher Layne Somsen off waivers and transferred right-hander Chin-hui Tsao (right triceps strain) to the 60-day disabled list today.
Somsen, 27, appeared in two games with Cincinnati this season (5 ER/2 ⅓ innings) in his first big league action and has combined to go 1-0 with a 1.44 ERA, a .149 opponents’ batting average and a 1.00 WHIP in 14 minor league appearances this year at Triple-A with the Reds’ and Yankees’ affiliates. The Dodgers will be his third organization of 2016.
Somsen opening the season with the Reds’ organization before being claimed by the Yankees on May 24.
The South Dakota native has gone 10-5 with a 2.42 ERA in 90 games (seven starts) in four minor league seasons, limiting opposing hitters to a .208 batting average and striking out 193 in 189 ⅔ innings. Somsen was originally selected by the Reds in the 22nd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of South Dakota State.
Yasmani Grandal shouts as he heads for second base after hitting a 3-run home run in the eighth inning. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Yasmani Grandal‘s three-run home run off Tanner Roark gave the Dodgers all the runs they would need in their fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers maintained their 5 ½-game deficit in the National League West behind the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-4. The Dodgers visit Pittsburgh on Friday.
The box score is here.
Eric Gagne passed the best-closer-in-franchise-history torch to Kenley Jansen, and only one of them wanted to be a closer at first.
Here’s what they were saying after the game: