Making Moves: DL moves, international signings, draft recap, Japan head scout addition


Matt Kemp returned Sunday from his 15-day DL stint due to irritation in the AC joint of his left shoulder.

Scott Van Slyke was sent back to Triple-A in a corresponding move.


Jose Dominguez hit the disabled list with a left quad strain. Carlos Marmol was recalled from AA Chattanooga to take his place.

Marmol was terrible in his first appearance in Dodger Blue. It will not get better. This is the enormous downside to trading for Marmol: using him and expecting him to pitch well.


The Dodgers signed international shortstop Alberto Estrella (Dominican Republic).

The Dodgers continue to be aggressive in the international market, inking shortstop Alberto Estrella out of the Dominican Republic for $600,000, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.

They have previously spent $1 million to sign SS Lucas Tirado, and $200,000 each to sign OF Daniel Padilla and RHP Alvaro Trillo. RHP Sven Schuller was also signed, but to an undisclosed amount. So with the addition of Estrella, the team is already somewhere north of $2 million, leaving them with around $500,000 to spend until June 2014.

The Dodgers also brought Moises Perez, a shortstop out of Venezuela, into the fold.

After the team signed Alberto Estrella, they had around $500,000 left to spend, depending on Sven Schuller‘s bonus. So with Perez onboard, the Dodgers are down to ~$250,000 for the rest of the period.

But the biggest international signing was Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero getting the Yasiel Puig Package and inking a 7-year, $32 million deal.

Guerrero is around 5’10″, weighs in at 190-200 pounds, and had been one of the better players in the Cuban National Series.

“Guerrero has been one of Cuba’s best players the last few years, hitting .338/.408/.641 in 2009, .343/.414/.583 in 2010 and .310/.400/.599 in 2011. Between the three seasons, he delivered 60 homers in 886 at-bats. One imagines that if the reports are true and he eventually becomes a free agent, he could take over as a starting shortstop or second baseman for an MLB team in short order.”

However, he sat out the entire 2012 season and I’m not sure what kind of baseball shape he’s currently in. Most seem to think he has the talent to be an MLB starter, but it may take a while to work himself into shape, so a 2013 impact seems unlikely.

As Chad noted, it’s not a done deal yet, but they expect it to be done after he gets cleared.


Chad recapped the Dodgers 2013 MLB Draft.

The Dodgers ended up signing 28 of their 40 picks by last Friday at 5 PM ET, which was the deadline to sign 2013 MLB Draft selections.

The two signees that came closest to the deadline were RHP Michael Villegas (23) and C Ryan Scott (30). Neither announcements came with signing bonus information.

Those two rounded out a Dodgers draft class that started with RHP Chris Anderson — who has already made four starts for the team in A-ball — and came perilously close to going over the bonus pool limit by an amount that would have cost them a 2014 first-round pick.


The Dodgers added Isao O’Jimi to their organization as head scout in Japan.

The Dodgers on Friday continued to beef up their infrastructure with the hiring of Isao O’Jimi as head scout in Japan.

O’Jimi, 56, worked with Bobby Valentine with the Chiba Lotte Marines in 1995, then worked with the Mets from 1997-2011, first as a scout and eventually as director of pacific rim scouting. While with the Mets he was involved in the signings of Masato Yoshii, Jae Seo, Jorge Toca, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Satoru Komiyama, Kazuo Matsui, Dae-sung Koo, Timo Perez, Takashi Kashiwada and others.

O’Jimi was a catcher who played for four years in the Seibu Lions’ minor league system but never made it up to the big club.

The rich get richer.


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