Finally, a Roster Move: So Long, Alfredo Silverio

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.

435 comments
DeucesWild
DeucesWild

So Yanks offer $12 mil to Youk. Is he really worth that much or are the Yanks just offering high because they missed out on the other guys that signed elsewhere?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

My boss has had both bronchitis and pinkeye this week. I find that... Somewhat impressive?

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

would you trade Ethier for Dickey straight up? 

Crushinator (Bender lover)
Crushinator (Bender lover)

On the plus side. Because of the super slow Winter Meetings, I should have plenty of time to get Dave his inventory report by tomorrow!

Tangled Up In Blue
Tangled Up In Blue

Trade or keep Ethier? If trade, for whom? If keep, for how long?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

In other news I really dislike using excel to generate data graphs.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

Also, livefyre, you really shouldn't give me snark for trying to post my comment twice when you're the one who wouldn't process it the first time. Yes, I'm mad at an inanimate piece of software. I'm talking to myself. Winter meetings affecting us all. 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

You know who's pissed off right now? Andrew McCutchen, that's who. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Deuces Wild solid peripheral stats last year could lead to a nice rebound year this year. 1/12 doesn't sound that bad.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @The_Real_Paul The difficulty with trading Dre is you have to replace his production. Yes he cant hit lefties but he can hit righties

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@The_Real_Paul No.

JackedNate
JackedNate

 @Tangled Up In Blue Trade for David Wright and sign Hamilton. Keep and sign Greinke and mystery bat that hits lefties that can play CF,3B and 1B.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Tangled Up In Blue trade him if you can get something worthwhile in return ie a SHields type while eating contract. Plug in someone into RF as stopgap (morse Im looking u) until Puig is ready

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @EephusBlue I didn't realize people still did that.  I use GraphPad because it's easier than Excel but twice as pretty.  Then again, I come from a field where t-tests are the norm and ANOVAs are like, "HOLY FUCKING SHIT, YOU HAD TO DO AN ANOVA?!?!?!"

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 LIVEFYRE ACHIEVED SELF-AWARENESS AT 2:41 PST ON DECEMBER 6TH 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Tangled Up In Blue well, all pitchers are a serious risk. As far as pitchers go, Greinke is among the elite and has been for some time. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @Mike Petriello Still seems somewhat high for a guy that hit .235 last year, but he had been pretty consistent before that. That's why I love baseball, anything can happen

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@EephusBlue @The_Real_Paul Also potentially no Dickey after next year and no guarantee that he maintains his current level of production.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @EephusBlue you know how much money he would have gotten in this year's FA market compared to his extension with Pittsburgh? 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@MatthewSaydah @EephusBlue Well, it's conjunctivitis and I thought that was a myth?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@EephusBlue @The_Real_Paul If we don't get Greinke I would (begrudgingly) seriously think about trading Lee for him.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @The_Real_Paul dang. ummmmmm depends on how much. dicky is cheap this year. going with yes for this year, but no for the rest of the contract. 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Tangled Up In Blue He is the only real impact arm on the market right now. He can make the difference paired with Kershaw in a short series.