Game Over, Indeed

From the official Dodgers twitter:

Eric Gagne reassigned to Minor League camp, Kenley Jansen & Scott Elbert also optioned

We knew about Jansen yesterday, and no one can really be surprised about Gagne. How many articles have I linked to in the last few days discussing how lousy he’s been? The only question is will he really go to Albuquerque or ask for his release. Based on his comments previously, I think he will go to AAA. If he doesn’t, his career is basically over. If it’s not already. (Update: Gagne has agreed to go to AAA.)

As for Elbert, I’m not completely surprised that he won’t be making the Opening Day roster, but I am very surprised that they sent him down so quickly. For a guy who was on the playoff roster last year, you’d have thought they’d at least get him some more MLB (well, “spring training MLB”) innings before shipping him out – especially since Hong-Chih Kuo’s elbow is acting up and George Sherrill has had some tweaks as well, so the lefty situation in the bullpen is up in the air. Still, we’ll almost certainly be seeing Elbert later in the year.

In a separate tweet, the club also notes that Rule 5 pick Armando Zerpa was reclaimed by Boston. We’ve heard some good things about fellow Rule 5 guy Carlos Monasterios, but I’ve heard almost zero about Zerpa this year, so I was wondering how long he’d really stick around. He only pitched 1.1 innings this spring anyway.

Building a Team $50k at a Time

Dylan Hernandez with more news:

Dodgers sent cash to Tampa Bay for its pick in the Rule 5 draft, LHP Armando Zerpa.

Zerpa is 22 and was taken from the Red Sox, where had this to say about him:

Scouting Report: Big strike ‘em out lefty with a history of control issues, which took five seasons in rookie ball to refine. Easy three-quarter delivery.  Fastball sits around 89 mph, and slider goes around 78 mph. Fastball has decent movement. Very good groundball splits, also some impressive stats against lefties.

Five seasons in rookie ball. A fastball that doesn’t top 90 mph. And walking 6.4 per 9 in A-ball this year. This sounds like a guy who’s going to stick on the roster all year? At least Monasterios sounds like he might have some talent, and I’m all for taking a long-shot. But two, on a guy like this?

I think Mr. Colletti’s got some ‘splainin to do.