Raise your hand if you thought the only real roster movement for the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings would be in the Rule 5 draft. Me too, right?
As expected, the Dodgers selected no one to add to a crowded roster, but they did lose
OF Alfredo Silverio to the Marlins. We all know this story by now – Silverio was seen as a rising star after hitting .305/.340/.542 in Double-A in 2011, but missed all of 2012 after a nasty car accident and ensuing Tommy John surgery. He spent the year on the 40-man roster before briefly being promoted so he could be added to the 60-day DL near the end of the season to alleviate a roster crunch, but was removed from the 40-man last month. He also had Tommy John surgery in May, so by the time he’s ready to return to the field he’s going to be 26 years old without a day above Double-A and only one real good season under his belt.
He makes sense for the Marlins, who are desperate for young talent and have the roster space to accommodate a gamble on his comeback, especially since they can stash him on the disabled list for the start of the year. To remind you of the rules, Rule 5 picks cannot be optioned to the minors; they must be on the active roster or the disabled list for the entire season, and even then it can’t be on the DL all year long – a player must be active for at least 90 days. For our part, it’s sad to see his Dodger career (potentially) end with the accident, though he’s clearly fallen behind Joc Pederson & Yasiel Puig on the outfield organizational depth chart.
Due to the fact that he’s Miami gets a few months of disabled list time before needing to make a decision on promoting him, my guess is we’ve seen the last of him – unless he’s not healthy enough to even be active for the final three months of the season, in which case we may not care about getting him back anyway.
Update: in the minor league phase, the Dodgers took Elevys Gonzalez from Pittsburgh. Gonzalez turned 23 in October and hit just .206/.306/.331 in High-A and Double-A for the Pirates last year, playing four positions (though he’s primarily been a third baseman.) He’s not much of a prospect, but then again, the Dodger infield depth in the minors is pretty sparse at the moment, so… he’s a guy.
Update #2: another minor league pick: 26-year-old righty Hector Nelo, who made it to Double-A for the first time last year after five years in the minors. He has some strikeout stuff – 63 in 52.2 IP last year – but unsurprisingly, a lot of control problems. Enjoy Albuquerque, Hector.