Dodgers DFA Tony Gwynn to Recall Jerry Sands, and That’s a Good Thing

Wow!

I am all but floored by the move, but thrilled about it nonetheless. Gwynn’s utility to the team ended the moment they picked up Shane Victorino (who could cover center if anything happened to Matt Kemp), but also when he continued to prove that he simply cannot hit at a major league level, having a year at the plate worse than his usual mediocre self.  With Victorino, Kemp, & Andre Ethier squarely set as the starting outfielders and Jerry Hairston, Sands, and several others able to spot in as needed, Gwynn’s role as a defensive replacement was tough to justify. What’s mostly shocking to me is that he was signed for 2013 as well and it’s rare for clubs to DFA guys like that; then again, I never liked giving him a two-year deal in the first place.

Sands, meanwhile, has been struggling much of the year in the minors but has been red-hot lately, leading the PCL “since the All-Star break with 9 HRs, .733 slugging% and 28 RBI (T-1st) in 23 games,” according to J.P. Hoornstra. The real question now is, what is his role? Will he really be given a chance to replace Juan Rivera & James Loney at first base every day? For both his sake and that of the team’s, I hope so.

If he is, that raises another question, which is why was it Gwynn that was jettisoned over Juan Uribe or Rivera. I still believe Uribe gets gone on Thursday when Adam Kennedy returns, so that might explain that, and in Gwynn or Rivera, your choice is between a plus defender who can’t hit and a poor defender who can sorta kinda not really hit. I suppose I’d rather have Rivera coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter than Gwynn, and if Sands fails again in the bigs, you’ll want to have more than just Loney as your first base option.

I’m very surprised by this, but I can’t really argue one word of complaint about it. Excited to see Sands back, and impressed that a backloaded two-year deal isn’t an impediment to roster improvement.

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WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Gnatt Cain has done the Full Lincescum!

Dang88
Dang88

Pants off my fellow Dodger fans

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

After the Gnats tied it up in the sixth, Gnatt Cain gives the lead right back.

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Tonight, at least, the Snakes are officially roadkill. Couldn't even score off Chad Qualls in Pittsburgh.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

grant me the strength to cheer all of the mystical and inscrutable moves made by dodger management. 

Guitar
Guitar

JER-RY, JER-RY, JER-RY!!!!!

 

one hour 'til showtime, peeps

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

With a run-scoring single off Gnatt Cain, Old Friend Furcal has given the Cards a 2-1 lead.

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Gnatt Cain has surrendered a game-typing HR to Beltrán.

davstein48
davstein48

Oh no. Rockies starting pitchers over 7 ERA since All Star game. Looks like another low scoring game tonite.

TheConman
TheConman

With the new Dodgers financial muscle, I'm really looking forward to making the Giants overpay for Melky this winter.

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Aggressive baserunning by McCutchen gives the Piratas a 1-0 lead over the Cascabeles in Pittsburgh.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Hey can i get some opinions on a Hanley design?

Dang88
Dang88

@truebluela: But it does sort of sound like Jerry Sands getting optioned for Kennedy is the likely move. Juan Uribe would live to see another day

Dang88
Dang88

@truebluela: Mattingly said he was going for best 25 on active roster, even if not enough playing time for Sands: "Now is not the time to develop pla ...

Dang88
Dang88

Lame @truebluela: Mattingly said the 1B platoon of Rivera/Loney will continue. Sands to backup 1B/OF...

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Today is when the Dodgers take over first place for good.

Dang88
Dang88

Anyone see the video of J Hamilton yelling at his 1st and 3rd base coaches? Dude has issues

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Hey u guys remember my BING BANG BOOM design?  Think I should put Hanley in the bing?

tieronecap
tieronecap

Lineup:Victorino LF, Ellis 2B, Kemp CF, Ramirez SS, Rivera 1B, Sands RF, Cruz 3B, Ellis C, (Capuano P)

 

Dang88
Dang88

@Guitar Guess you didn't read mattingly calling jerry a back up

Guitar
Guitar

Furcal could have had a hall of fame career if he didn't have the bones of a sparrow.

Morry
Morry

@EephusBlue Very cool

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Dang88 He thought they were pink elephants that wanted to steal his eyes

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @tieronecap good to see Rivera protecting Ramirez. (rolls eyes right out of sockets, they sprout legs and run away)

TheConman
TheConman

 @Dang88  @Guitar is it really that shocking? Jerry has to prove himself in the bigs before Mattingly would call him anything but "a backup" Just because Jerry is hot in AAA doesn't mean he's gonna be better than a Loney/Rivera platoon. That being said, I'm a huge Jerry fan and I hope he does prove himself

Guitar
Guitar

 @Dang88  @Guitar Nah, I don't read much about baseball. I assumed that he would be subbed in at first base or left later in the game.

Dang88
Dang88

@EephusBlue Haha that's pretty good

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JohnM  @Dang88 I am not liking this. I hope its just Eric speculating and that he is totally wrong

Dang88
Dang88

@Bill Grabarkewitz Money money money money......money

Dang88
Dang88

@EephusBlue sands needs a homer tonight......and 3 doubles

Dang88
Dang88

@JakeHorvitz I seen it on at bat for Saturday

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @EephusBlue  @Dang88 Actually, they look exactly like two giant cans of chewing tobacco taunting him with their stinky deliciousness. 

Dang88
Dang88

@TheConman @Guitar Nobody said they were shocked

Dang88
Dang88

@Guitar At least he starts today

Dang88
Dang88

@EephusBlue @JohnM Yeah that would be lame