Via press release, the Dodgers confirmed that Pedro Baez, Yimi Garcia, and Jarret Martin have been added to the 40-man roster. Garcia was a given and Baez seemed likely; Martin is somewhat of a surprise.
If anything, the mention of Martin allows me to revisit what is still one of my favorite unimportant trades in Dodger history, the fact that Ned Colletti actually got two living, breathing human beings for Dana Eveland:
I don’t expect Martin to ever amount to anything, but it hardly matters. A fringy prospect and a player to be named for Dana F’ing Eveland, who was likely to be non-tendered next week anyway? Hell yes, I’ll take that.
After several years spent as a starter, Martin switched to the bullpen this year, where he saw his strikeouts increase while still having enough control problems that he’s probably not more than an organizational arm. With the three additions and the still unexplained departure of Shawn Tolleson, the 40-man roster stands at 34.
Also included in the release are the confirmations of minor league signings J.C. Boscan, Clint Robinson, and Brendan Harris, which we already knew about, and another fun name: Daniel Moskos. In 2007, Pittsburgh selected Moskos with the #4 pick in the draft… ahead of Matt Wieters, Ross Detwiler, Madison Bumgarner, and Jason Heyward, among others, but Moskos stalled out in the minors, reaching the bigs for 31 games in 2011 and striking out only 11 in 24.1 innings. He spent the first half of 2013 with the White Sox’ Triple-A team in Charlotte, but was released in June and didn’t pitch again. That’s fun, at least, if nothing else.