Following up on yesterday’s note (written by Ryan Walton) regarding the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ busy past few days: The team finally announced the signing of 26-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28 million deal. The story broke yesterday, but the team waited until today to make it official:
To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated relief pitcher Peter Moylan for assignment.
Moylan, 34, appeared in 14 games for the Dodgers in 2013, allowing 11 earned runs 15 1/3 innings (while tallying a more respectable 2.74 ERA in 38 games with Triple-A Albuquerque).
The acquisition of Guerrero, who is primarily a shortstop but would likely have to move to second should L.A. re-sign Hanley Ramirez, would seem to put Mark Ellis‘ spot on the team in jeopardy. L.A. holds a $5.75M option on the 36-year old second baseman’s contract for ’14, and G.M. Ned Colletti said during Monday’s press conference that he thinks Ellis ‘still has value’ to the team (as Ryan mentioned in yesterday’s piece).
If you’re into comparing Ellis and Guerrero offensively, Mark posted a slash line of .270/.323/.351 in 126 games with the Dodgers in ’13, while Guerrero hit .290/.402/.576 in 80 games in Cuba during the 2011-2012 season.
A day after the awkward press conference between Don Mattingly and G.M. Ned Colletti held at Dodger Stadium, the team made some more behind-the-scenes shifting: bench coach Trey Hillman was fired, raising many a red flag around the Twittersphere regarding Mattingly’s chances of returning in 2014.
However, word came in on Tuesday that the rest of Mattingly’s coaching staff up for contractual option – third base coach Tim Wallach, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and first base coach Davey Lopes – will be returning. Mark McGwire (hitting coach) is under contract, and the team said that it is working toward retaining the services of Chuck Crim (bullpen coach) Ken Howell (assistant pitching coach) and John Valentin (assistant hitting coach).
While it would seem slightly odd to let Mattingly go while retaining his entire coaching staff, that could be what ends up happening – or, Colletti and the team’s front office could bring Don back. The flurry of announcements over the past 48 hours seems to indicate that a decision might be looming either way.
In related news, trainer Sue Falsone – notably the first female head athletic trainer in Major League Baseball – announced yesterday that she’s resigning from her position:
It is with a heavy heart to say that I will not be returning to the LA Dodgers in order to pursue other opportunities within my career. — Sue Falsone (@suefalsone) October 22, 2013
Stay tuned – the way things are going lately there could be more news to report any day now…