Dodgers Decline Options on Casey Blake & Jon Garland

This isn’t so much “news” as it is an “absolute inevitability, but the offseason doesn’t really start for another month, so we might as well note it anyway” piece of interest, but the Dodgers did make some roster moves today:

Today, the #Dodgers declined the 2012 club options on both Jon Garland and Casey Blake and also outrighted Eugenio Velez to Triple-A

That costs $1.25m to buy out Blake, and $500k for Garland. It may seem annoying to pay players $1.75m to go away, but remember that the alternatives were $6m for Blake and $8m for Garland, numbers which never made sense on any level. So this was a given.

I don’t expect either back, though it’s not completely out of the question. Ken Gurnick of noted that Blake “could figure for a bench job if he heals from neck surgery”, while Garland is “ahead of schedule in his return from shoulder surgery”. On the other hand, ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson said there is “no chance Dodgers try to re-sign” Garland. So there’s that.

As for Velez, it’s merely a procedural move. He’s out of options and would seem to be more likely to be outrighted to a Siberian labor camp than a professional baseball team, so don’t worry too hard about seeing him back next season.