What's a General Manager do in April?

So what does a major league General Manager do now, in late April? He pretty much has made his acquisitions for this season with most of the players standing by down in AAA or AA. Two of those players he brought in made the opening day 25 man roster. At this time his player development and scouting staff, are working on a list of players they will try to get in the June draft.

Paul DePodesta is probably getting ready begin making trips to Las Vegas and Jacksonville and later to the Dodgers other farm teams to look over their prospects and especially the players he brought in. Because of the late start in getting the GM job, he does not have a large group with his label on them.

His first acquisition a middle infielder, Jose Flores is at AAA Las Vegas. currently serving in a backup role.

The next two he signed were chosen by Jim Tracy and his staff to be on the opening day roster, namely Jason Grabowski and Jayson Werth both utility and pinch hitting types. Grabowski has had the most pinch hitting appearances thus far, with just one hit in seven at bats and that was in his initial game. Werth has been put on the D.L. and was replaced by Chin Feng Chen to pinch hit and backup lefty hitting Dave Roberts in left field. Cody Ross, an outfielder who was a Detroit Minor League Player of the Year came in the trade for LH Reliever Steve Colyer. He is playing at Vegas. But is having all kinds of trouble at bat, thus far.

Antonio Perez another middle infielder whose best position is second base, is at shortstop in AAA, since Joe Thurston is starting at second. He's a free swinger who isn't making much contact yet.

Aaron Looper a 27 year old relief pitcher who came with Ryan Ketchner a left handed starter from Seattle for Jolbert Cabrera, has already been traded away, back to Seattle for Glen Bott a young left handed strike out whiz. Ketchner looked very good in his initial starts at AA Jacksonville. DePodesta's biggest find has been Milton Bradley who came from the Cleveland Indians for one of the Dodgers prime prospects, outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. Milt has already made several very key contributions leading to a couple of victories.

Considering his late start, the new GM has put his mark on the team, albeit with most of his additions playing in the minors and that will lead to trips to Las Vegas and Jacksonville for the most part. On the surface DePodesta's pick ups are younger players but not too far removed from the majors.

It will be interesting to see how these new players progress.

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