By actual count, the Dodgers have 32 pitchers in Spring Training Camp who are vying for 12 spots. I cannot see any way that Joe Torre decides to go with 13 pitchers. With the off days and all, I think he will break camp with 12 pitchers. That means that 20 have to go.
There are 11 Non-Roster invitees:
Also on the 40 man roster are McDonald, Link. Zerpa, Wade, Schlichting, Leach and Elbert as players who have a shot at making the team.
The way I see it, unless Stults and/or Haeger really mess up or get traded or go on the DL, they will both make the team. That would make 11 pitchers.
Monasterios has a shot unless the Dodgers want to lose him (I have never seen him pitch, so I have no clue). Then there’s Wade (remember how good he was in 2008?), Weaver (great swingman), Miller (solid), Gagne (no way? way!) and McDonald and Lindblom (the future, who could all go to AAA).
The Dodgers have plethora of arms. Who will win the arms race?
It should prove to be interesting.
- According to Steve Dilbeck of THE LA TIMES, the Dodgers are steamed about Ronald Beliasrio. Sometimes things like this end badly for a player:
“I think it’s a problem now. The pitchers need all this time. Of course, he did play winter ball. But I can’t really tell you [his condition] until I see him.”
- Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin report that Garrett Anderson is a Dodger. This should prove to be interesting as Mientkiewicz, Giles and Anderson compete for one spot.
- Jay Jaffe of Baseball Prospectus writes on ESPN/LA’s Pay Blog that Clayton Kershaw’s new Slider Makes Him a Cy Young Candidate (Thanks to Jon Weisman)
- Tony Jacksonreports that Ned Colletti is not happy with Belisario either. I am beginning to think the guy is a knucklehead! Tony also reported this:
The situation ultimately could cost Belisario a considerable amount of money, as well. He has only one year of big-league service time, meaning he will have a split contract with a major-league salary of no more than about $415,000 this season, and he won’t even get that much if he is in the minors.There also is a provision, known as Regulation 6, in the current Basic Agreement between owners and the players’ union that would allow the Dodgers to suspend Belisario without pay and require him to stay behind in extended spring training when the team breaks camp if he doesn’t report at least 33 days before the start of the season.The Dodgers’ season opener is April 5 at Pittsburgh, meaning Belisario already has missed that deadline and the Dodgers already have that option.”In the event of the failure of the Player to report for practice or to participate in the exhibition games, as required or provided for,” the regulation reads, “he shall be required to get into playing condition to the satisfaction of the Club’s team manager, and at the Player’s own expense, before his salary shall commence.”The phrase “to the satisfaction of the Club’s team manager” means the length of such a suspension would be entirely at the Dodgers’ discretion.