The Dodgers have been mentioned prominently in every rumor involving the big pitching names on the trade market, partially because they have the money and partially because they have the prospects. But Peter Gammons reports that they are NOT willing to part with big prospects and thus are out of the running for the big arms:
Well, the Dodgers rotation is still strong, so it’s not like any of those guys were truly needed. At the same time, retaining top prospect Pederson gives them the outfield flexibility to deal Matt Kemp or Carl Crawford either now or at some later date.
Seems to me now that the Dodgers could use bullpen help more than anything. And it sounds like that what they’re focusing on.
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.