Dodgers Add Some Toughness

Remember the open tryout last week? Per Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers have signed another player, and this one’s kind of interesting: six-year NFL veteran Jarrad Page, who played safety for the Eagles and Vikings last season. Page has played for four teams since being drafted by Kansas City in 2006, though it seems his 2011 was most notable of all:

Page began last season with the Eagles, but he was cut in November despite being third on the team in tackles. Before his release, Page was in the same New York nightclub as Giants receiver Victor Cruz when a man was shot and killed, although the Eagles stated the safety’s release had nothing to do with that incident. He signed with the Vikings on Nov. 29 and had only one tackle in five games.

Page played one season as an outfielder with UCLA in 2004, hitting 233 with three homers and 19 RBI in 120 at-bats, which isn’t, uh, promising. Still, MLB clubs must have seen something worthwhile, since he was drafted three times: in the 5th round by Milwaukee in 2002, in the 32nd round by Colorado in 2005, and in the 7th round by the Angels in 2006.

At least one Pro Football Talk commenter was less than impressed with his football ability, stating

I can tell you right now, if he hits like he tackles, this will be a short tryout.

Page (quite active on Twitter at @JarradPage44) turned 27 in October, and will almost certainly never be heard from again other than to give us some slight entertainment on a slow March day.

As for the real Dodgers, they have split squads today, though unfortunately neither will be televised. Lineups, also from Ken Gurnick:

12:05pm at Seattle: Justin Sellers (SS), Mark Ellis (2B), Andre Ethier (RF), James Loney (1B), Juan Uribe (3B), Cory Sullivan (CF), Josh Fields (DH), Matt Treanor (C), Alex Castellanos (LF), with Nathan Eovaldi starting.

6:05pm “at” White Sox: Dee Gordon (SS), Tony Gwynn (CF), Matt Kemp (DH), Juan Rivera (LF), Adam Kennedy (1B), Jerry Hairston (3B), Jerry Sands (RF), A.J. Ellis (C), Ivan De Jesus (2B), with Chad Billingsley starting.

23 comments
Dodger Fan in Denver
Dodger Fan in Denver

Jarrad Page was signed to be the designated "defender" any time an opposing batter wants to take a run at Kershaw. He watching you Gerrado Parra!

Ned Colletti
Ned Colletti

You all need to keep a eye on Jarrad Page, he reminds me of a younger Deion Sanders.

Chris S.
Chris S.

Why is Josh Fields playing so well?

The Dude Abides
The Dude Abides

I'm curious as to why Shawn Tolleson has not appeared in a game this spring. He did warm up during the game that ended in a tie, but no news about him since then.

Alex
Alex

I wonder just how much Castellanos has to tear the cover off the ball and the crap heap of old, washed up vets has to suck until Ned gives in and rides Castellanos at 2B...... In limited time he looks pretty damn good to me. How nice would it be to have his bat at the bottom of the order?

Mike
Mike

Ethier scratched today. More to come.

dodgerccp
dodgerccp

Ready for Kershaw and Bills to combine for 50 Dodgers wins, while Lilly, Harang and Capuano contribute to enough Dodgers wins for postseason baseball. Go Blue!

SamAdams
SamAdams

It's tough to say which of these two lineups is better.

Chris S.
Chris S.

I dunno if I've got that much faith in him. He was a third string DB for the Vikings last year, and we all know how "good" the Vikings' DBs were last year.

SamAdams
SamAdams

Just looking at Uribe, fills him with confidence.

dodgerccp
dodgerccp

Is Tolleson in MiLB camp? Go Blue!

Mike
Mike

Not that you don't make a convincing argument, but there absolutely 0.00000% chance barring injury. We don't know if AC can survive defensively there, but even if he could, there's no way Mark Ellis isn't the man there based on his new contract.

Mike
Mike

"mild mid back stiffness"

SamAdams
SamAdams

Ahhh, the bliss of spring time.

Ben
Ben

The one with Matt Kemp in it. And it's not even close.

Ben
Ben

"barring injury" is the key. there will be some point this season that someone playing some position that Castle can "play" goes down. at this point, he deserves some kind of shot to prove himself at the bigs, but i'm just not sold on him yet. it's spring training, and only a week in. remember how psyched we all were about Hector Gimenez last year?

GoDodgers
GoDodgers

I'm just hoping he stays free of major injuries until the trade deadline.

john m
john m

Let's hope Kershaw can win 36 games.

The Dude Abides
The Dude Abides

Well he almost got in a game the other day. Even Brian Calvazos-Galvez hit some homers for us in spring training a couple years ago. I guess both minor league campers and major league campers play in the games. It would be silly not to have Tolleson pitch in a few games. He's arguably better than every reliever on the major league roster except Jansen.

a
a

Tolleson is not on the 40-man roster nor is he listed on the non-roster invitees.

GoDodgers
GoDodgers

Our infield is awful, but not so bad that someone who was in A ball until 23 should be handed the starting job on a silver platter. Leaving aside the likelihood that a middle-infield composed of Dee Gordon and an outfielder will be an unfathomable disaster, let's see what he can do against people his own age first.

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