Now is the time of year when teams must begin resetting their 40-man rosters.
Impending free agents must be re-signed or left to explore the open market. Arbitration-eligible players must be tendered a new contract by the tender deadline. Players with less than three years’ service time can sit at their phones and wait to hear whether they will be offered a six-figure salary for next season.
Pitcher Stephen Fife was among the six players who ended the season on the 60-day DL. Monday, The Dodgers reinstated Fife from the 60-day DL and outrighted him to Triple-A today, removing him from their 40-man roster.
Fife is unlikely to pitch until 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. He made one spot start for the Dodgers this season, allowing four runs in six innings in a May game against the Miami Marlins, and appeared in 11 games for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average for the Dodgers’ former Triple-A affiliate.
Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Onelki Garcia, Paul Maholm and Chris Withrow also ended the season on the 60-day DL. Maholm and Beckett, who’s already announced his retirement, are set to become free agents. Billingsley has a $14 million team option for 2015 or can be bought out for $3 million.
Garcia and Withrow, who have less than three years’ service time, will likely be brought back. Withrow is also rehabbing his way back from Tommy John surgery. Garcia was a candidate to rejoin the Dodgers’ 40-man roster after pitching in some Double-A games in early September.
The Dodgers have acquired veteran right-hander Justin Germano from the Texas Rangers for future considerations, Rangers vice president of communications John Blake wrote on Twitter.
The 32-year-old from Claremont had started 21 games for Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League and posted a 4.51 earned-run average. Germano has been assigned from Round Rock to Albuquerque.
The Dodgers lost Triple-A right-hander Stephen Fife to Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, ruling him out for the remainder of this season and likely 2015 as well. The Dodgers can transfer Fife to the 60-day disabled list in order to make room for Germano on their 40-man roster.
Germano has pitched 96 major-league games for seven different teams in a career that began in 2004. He’s 10-30 with a 5.40 ERA in his career.
Minor-league pitcher Stephen Fife will undergo Tommy John surgery today, the Dodgers announced.
The ligament-replacement surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The standard timeframe for return is 14-18 months.
Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average in 12 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He made one spot start for the Dodgers, allowing four runs in six innings against the Miami Marlins in May.
In 2013, a season interrupted repeatedly by shoulder bursitis, Fife was 4-4 with a respectable 3.86 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) for the Dodgers.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that injuries prevented Fife from being in more than one spot-starter discussion this year. “There haven’t been a whole lot of times where we looked and he’s been healthy down there,” Mattingly said. “That was our only time. I think the other time was between him and Red (Patterson) with Minnesota, and Minnesota’s a team that just takes and makes you throw the ball over (the plate). Red’s more of a strike-thrower than Fife.”