Dodgers lose Shawn Tolleson to Rangers in odd move, protect Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez, Jarret Martin

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The Dodgers had an eventful day with their minor leaguers, losing Shawn Tolleson on waivers to the Rangers, while choosing to protect Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez, and Jarret Martin from the 2013 Rule 5 Draft.

But first, the Tolleson transaction.

The Dodgers announced Wednesday that Tolleson had been claimed on waivers by the Texas Rangers.

I’m likely preaching to the choir here, but the Tolleson move is absolutely confusing. In 127.2 IP in the minors, he had a 1.34 ERA, struck out 13.0 per 9, and walked just 2.2 per 9. His stuff wasn’t quite that impressive, but scouts had always projected him as a seventh-inning guy with setup potential, and the Dodgers just let him walk away.

The only thing I can think of is that his back/hip issues that cost him basically all of 2013 was seen as career-threatening, because otherwise I have no idea why the Dodgers would give up on a reliever that has shown he can miss bats in the MLB while keeping some of those that are currently on the 40-man.

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As far as the 40-man roster moves, they make sense to me.

Yimi and Baez are both guys I said needed to be protected, and if they don’t want Tolleson, then obviously they aren’t going to care about Red Patterson or anybody else.

That said, the addition of Jarret is confusing to some, but since I wrote my Rule 5 Draft post, Martin has flashed plus stuff in the Arizona Fall League. That probably made the Dodgers a bit iffy about leaving him available, as a lefty touching 97 always has a chance of getting taken.

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