If You’re a Veteran And You’re In the First Round of Spring Cuts, Things May Not Be Going Well

dallas_mcpherson_springSee that dapper fellow above? That’s Dallas McPherson, and that’s evidence that he ever wore a Dodger uniform.

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Wait, this is fun, let’s continue. Here’s Nick Evans, over at the right, also proving he was once a Dodger. Why are we playing this game? Because they — along with pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz and infielder Osvaldo Martinez, but I’m guessing no one really cares about them — represent the first four players cut from big league camp, the team announced after today’s game against Cleveland.

None was expected to make the team barring total disaster, of course, but considering they both have a decent amount of big league experience and are on a team that has no obvious backup for Adrian Gonzalez, getting sent down this early is not exactly what they call a “good thing,” you know, career-wise. Yet Omar Luna remains!

With Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, & Luis Cruz off at the WBC and Evans, Martinez, & McPherson cut, the Dodgers are suddenly down six infielders for the next two weeks or so. Mark Ellis is the only remaining starter, along with big league backups Jerry Hairston, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, & Juan Uribe. Non-roster guys Alfredo Amezaga, Brian Barden, & Luna, along with likely minor leaguers Dee Gordon, Elian Herrera, & Justin Sellers, should also see increased time with the big club, at least until the Dominican & Mexican teams have been bounced from the tournament. Get ready for some tasty lineups, especially on split-squad days.

267 comments
The Monocle
The Monocle

Oh snaps. Perhaps the first shoe is about to drop? www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la-sp-sn-aaron-harang-20130304,0,2470895.story

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

It appears that management is open to TGJr being the 4th outfielder and starting if Crawford can't. 

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Damn baseball(Sports Video games in general too) rating Michael Young as an 85 player is why everybody hates you.

*VND*
*VND*

on Ryu watch... it does appear management is open to him beginning the season in the 'pen

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @The Monocle The Nationals will need another starter when Haren shows himself to damaged goods

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

 @VND I believe if Chad is healthy. Ryu starts the year as the number five. Who they can skip a couple times in the first month. Let him pitch a couple innings to get his feet wet. Then give him his spot in the rotation at the end of April for the rest of the year.

The Monocle
The Monocle

That's probably a good move if they can't get a worthwhile return on any of the excess SP's from now to opening day. Relief dudes with options go down. See what shit looks like with Lilly/Cap/Harrang in the rotation and wait for injury to create necessity in another team or your own.

*VND*
*VND*

TRP if youre out there: FACE

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Kemps Shoe I been thinkin about opening up DefectorsRus! Where I scuba dive into Cuba and bring these guys home to LA for a substantial fee of course!

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

 @Kemps Shoe if a Cuban hits a grand slam in Japan and noone's there to see it did it really happen?

*VND*
*VND*

i dont mean to brag but i know walter... like... personally, and he doesnt own a personal jet. he has a spaceship

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

One can only hope.  Then we can sit around and wonder how Uribe is still on the roster.

*VND*
*VND*

awww wooks wike wittle goat twying to make fun of me.

*VND*
*VND*

well i just like how things are trending in a certain direction

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

 @Bob Meripol  @Kemps Shoe I think he's projected to plat 3rd, as is Seager.  Both will outgrow the shortstop position.  Is J. Abreau still a free agent?

*VND*
*VND*

a gif of Uribe at first killed someone yesterday. A PERSON LOST HIS LIFE YESTERDAY CUZ URIBE

*VND*
*VND*

little coat****

*VND*
*VND*

actually, Tommy Boy

Kemps Shoe
Kemps Shoe

 @VND Are you making fun of my nephew? He talks just like that :(

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @LA_Woman  @BearHunter90 It's far more likely that they let him get stretched out before they even begin to decide where he fits in the rotation