Justin Sellers to fill in at shortstop for Dodgers


After playing around with a few different looks, the Dodgers have finally settled on a fill-in shortstop.

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, infielder Justin Sellers was told late Saturday night that he has cracked the Opening Day roster and will function as the Dodgers’ primary shortstop while Hanley Ramirez recovers from his thumb injury. Luis Cruz will remain at third base.

Ramirez tore a ligament in his right thumb earlier this month while playing third base for his native Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He will be placed on the disabled list before the Dodgers’ season-opener against the Giants and probably won’t be ready to return to his position until late May or early June.

Sellers, 27, has batted .204/.283/.323 with two homers and 15 RBI in 55 major league games.

Eighteen players selected in the Rule 5 draft


The Rule 5 Draft took place this morning and, with that, the Winter Meetings are over.

As is usually the case, you’ve probably not heard of most of the players selected. This year, though, there are at least a couple of standouts due to their major league experience.

Anthony Gose, for example, is a former big league outfielder who has converted to pitching and was trying to work his way back through the Tigers system. He was left unprotected and the Astros selected him. Albert Suarez, who has pitched 40 big league games for the Giants over the past two seasons, was taken by the Dbacks. If you want a breakdown of the more notable guys, Baseball America and MLB Pipeline are good sources.

In all, 18 players were taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5. Here they are, with the name of the team which selected them listed first and the team from which they were selected in parenthesis. If a team is not listed, it means they passed and did not select someone in the given round:


TIGERS: Victor Reyes OF (Diamondbacks)
GIANTS: Julian Fernandez RHP (Rockies)
PHILLIES: Nick Burdi RHP (Twins)
WHITE SOX: Carlos Tocci OF (Phillies)
REDS, Brad Keller RHP (Diamondbacks)
METS: Burch Smith RHP (,Rays)
BRAVES: Anyelo Gomez RHP (Yankees)
PIRATES: Jordan Milbrath RHP (Indians)
ORIOLES: Nestor Cortes LHP (Yankees)
MARLINS: Elieser Hernandez LHP (Astros)
MARINERS: Mike Ford 1B (Yankees)
ANGELS: Luke Bard RHP (Twins)
TWINS: Tyler Kinley RHP (Marlins)
DIAMONDBACKS: Albert Suarez RHP (Giants)
ASTROS: Anthony Gose LHP (Tigers)


ORIOLES: Pedro Araujo RHP (Cubs)
MARLINS: Brett Graves  RHP (Athletics)


ORIOLES: Jose Mesa Jr. RHP (Yankees)

Like I said, you don’t know most of these guys. And, while there have been some notable exceptions in Rule 5 Draft history, most won’t make a splash in the big leagues. Some of them have already been traded to other teams in the hour or so since they were selected. The Rule 5 Draft moves pretty fast.

Each player cost their selecting team $100,000. Each player must remain on the 25-man roster of his new club — or a club to whom they are traded — for the entire 2018 season or, at the very least, on the disabled list. If he is removed from the 25-man, the team which selected him has to offer him back to his old team for a nominal fee. Sort of like a stocking fee when you return a mattress or something. Many of these guys, of course, will not be returned and, instead, will be stashed on the DL with phantom injuries.