The Dodgers recently signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25 million contract. The 23-year-old reported to Dodgers camp today and was presented with his jersey, as you’ll see in this picture that was posted to the team’s official Twitter account:
Now that’s how you make the most out of the available space on a uniform. Very impressive work.
Pronouncing (and spelling) Arruebarrena’s name correctly will certainly take some getting used to. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda may have put it best when he was introduced to the club’s newest signing today.
He was introduced Thursday to former manager Tom Lasorda, who asked him his name. When Arruebarrena told him, Lasorda replied in Spanish, “Muy dificil,” or “very difficult.”
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.