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.
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.