Dodgers Find Themselves With A Full Roster
LOS ANGELES—The accepted wisdom around most baseball front offices is you have to give up something to get something. Generally that means giving up prospects to get major league talent in return.
But this offseason the Dodgers have tried a different tack, adding seven veterans to their 40-man roster without losing a single minor leaguer. In fact the Dodgers are so flush with young talent, they not only sat out the Rule 5 draft, but general manager Ned Colletti also had to send journeyman lefthander Dana Eveland to the Orioles to clear a roster spot for righthander Aaron Harang.
"We've still got a ton of good talent coming up," Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White said. "Our farm system and particularly . . . the pitching depth we have is just outstanding. As we move ahead into the season, these guys will be able to get better."
Seven of the Dodgers' top eight prospects are pitchers—and that doesn't include hard-throwing righthander Rubby de la Rosa, the team's minor league pitcher of the year in 2010 who missed most of last summer after Tommy John surgery.
"Ned was able to keep all of our young players intact," White said. "It gives our young players time to improve. And that depth helps us if, say, one of the pitchers struggles. We also have some guys we can trade if we have to."
That wealth of young talent could be expanding. The Dodgers, who have the 17th selection in the first round of next June's draft, will also have a supplemental pick after losing free-agent catcher Rod Barajas to the Pirates.
• The Dodgers got 22-year-old lefthander Jarret Martin and Tyler Henson, a versatile 23-year-old utility player, from the Orioles in the Eveland deal. Martin has 97 strikeouts in 111 innings in two seasons in the low minors while Henson, who reached Triple-A last summer, has a career .263 average in six seasons.
• Infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. was hitting .418/.492/.618 through 14 games for Ponce in the Puerto Rican League.