Garret Anderson, Dodgers reach minors deal

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anderson follow-through.JPGAccording to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers agreed Wednesday evening to a minor league contract with veteran outfielder Garret Anderson.

Teams were turned off this winter by Anderson’s less-than-impressive .268/.303/.401 batting line from the 2009 season.  He makes sense for the Dodgers, though, as a pinch-hitter and backup outfielder.  The 37-year-old has always hit well against right-handers and still packs some punch at the plate.  At least the Dodgers did something this offseason that allowed us to write about a topic other than divorce.

For those wondering about his defensive marks: well, they’re not good.  Anderson had a -16.5 UZR/150 last season in 124 games in left field and wasn’t much better during his earlier years with the Angels.  He’ll serve mainly as a pinch-hitter in Dodger blue.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.