In the last week, the Los Angeles Dodgers have made some moves that many of us wouldn’t really think twice about. The team sharpened its bullpen with a familiar face in relief pitcher Matt Guerrier (who was non-tendered by Minnesota), but lost a fan favorite along the way.
Russell Martin signed with the N.Y. Yankees for less dough than offered by Los Angeles and catcher Dioner Navarro officially signed a deal with the Dodgers.
During the last two seasons, Matt Guerrier limited the opposition to a .213 batting average, including a .207 mark in 2009.
Guerrier will receive $1.5 million next season and $3.75 in each of the following two years, along with a $3 million signing bonus payable in four installments through 2014.
Last season with the Twins, Guerrier went 5-7 with one save and a 3.17 ERA in a team-leading 74 games. The 32-year-old right-handler led Minnesota in games pitched for the last three seasons. His 311 2-3 innings since ’07 lead all major league relievers during that span and should shore up a bullpen that has been an earth-shattering weakness as of late.
A Familiar Face Back In Blue, Los Angeles Welcomes Catcher Dioner Navarro
Los Angeles signed free-agent catcher Dioner Navarro to a one-year agreement, bringing him back for a second stint in blue, having been with the team for a portion of two seasons before being shipped to Tampa Bay in June 2006.
Switch-hitting Navarro batted .194 with a home run and seven RBI in 48 games last year. Navarro made the All-Star team in ’08 when he experienced a career-high .295. He caught every inning of 16 post-season games that year that ended with the Rays losing to Philadelphia in the World Series. The Rays didn’t offer him a contract for 2011.
Other team acquisitions this week revolved around signing several players to minor league contract with an invitation to spring training to make the club. The Dodgers signed infielder Juan Castro, catcher J.D. Closser and outfielder Eugenio Velez to minor league contracts.
The transactions made this past week really don’t make a dramatic impact but they are important for the team in order to compete for a playoff spot in the National League West.