Bigbie had reason to expect he'd made the Dodgers for his spring play was generally quite good. But they decided to go in another direction so he went to Las Vegas hoping to interest either L.A. or another big league team. He actually has been hitting quite well with his .349 average ranking him among the league leaders.
But the Dodgers have no room so they released him in order that he might possibly stir some interest elsewhere. Barring that, the 29-year-old outfielder may try to latch on with a Japanese team.
Bigbie's departure leaves only catcher Ken Huckaby, who's hitting .292 and lefthanded reliever Matt "The Billionaire" White as non-roster types who went to Las Vegas and are still around. White is pitching well despite an 0-3 mark with a 3.27 ERA and one save.
Of all those free agents who were signed to minor league contracts but invited to camp only righthander Rudy Seanez made the team. Infielders Damian Jackson and Fernando Tatis, catcher Sandy Martinez and righthander Dario Veras were all released before the start of the regular season.
Tatis was subsequently signed by the Mets and is currently hitting .241 with six homers for New Orleans in the Pacific Coast League. Veras is now pitching in the Mexican League.
Of those who were sent to Vegas, righthander Travis Smith retired while righthander Joe Mays and catcher Kelly Stinnett were recently released.
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