A.J. Griffin is apparently preparing himself for ways to make money if this whole comeback from Tommy John surgery thing doesn’t work out.
Erik Bedard is a 36-year-old veteran of 11 seasons and 1,300 innings in the big leagues who hasn’t pitched in the minors regularly since 2003, so how does he feel knowing that odds are the Dodgers will send him to Triple-A at the end of spring training?
Here’s what he told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles:
I know where I stand. It feels fine. The game’s still fun and I like playing baseball is, basically, what it comes down to.
Bedard signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in mid-January to provide rotation depth, but since then they’ve added even more veteran pitchers trying to resurrect their careers and/or return from injuries.
Bedard hasn’t posted a sub-4.50 ERA since 2011 and is coming back from shoulder surgery, telling Saxon: “I used to throw hard. Now, not so hard.”
Next month we’ll probably find out how his age-36 raw stuff fares against Pacific Coast League hitters.
Andre Ethier wants to be an everyday player again and the Dodgers have three outfielders they like better than him even after trading away Matt Kemp. So why hasn’t Ethier been traded yet?
Well, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com the Dodgers are offering to cover “about half” of Ethier’s remaining three-year, $56 million contract to move him and so far at least that “hasn’t enticed teams.”
Ethier at three years and around $10 million per season is still pretty pricey for a 33-year-old corner outfielder who hit just .249 with four homers and a .691 OPS in 130 games last season and previously saw his power drop in 2011-2013.
However, prior to 2014 he was consistently a .775-.850 OPS hitter and if the Braves were willing to give Nick Markakis a four-year, $44 million deal this offseason some team may eventually decide Ethier is worth, say, $20 million for three years. Of course, considering how little money seems to matter to the Dodgers at this point it’s possible their players/prospects asking price is more of a sticking point.