Pitchers (17) Ron Belisario Chad Billingsley Jonathan Broxton Scott Elbert Javy Guerra Charlie Haeger Kenley Jansen Clayton Kershaw Hong-Chih Kuo Hiroki Kuroda Brent Leach James McDonald Travis schlichting George Sherrill Eric Stults Ramon Troncoso Cory Wade Catchers (3) A. J. Ellis Russell Martin Luke May Infielders (6) Casey Blake Ivan De Jesus Rafael Furcal Chin-lung Hu James Loney Outfielders (7) Andre Ethier Matt Kemp Xavier Paul Juan Pierre Manny Ramirez Jason Repko Tray RobinsonDodgers Moving Into Venezela?
Diamon Leong, on his website diamondleung.tumblr.com, reports that the Dodgers have entered into a development agreement with Tiburones de La Guaira, according to a report out of Venezuela that quotes two Dodgers executives.
La Guira currently features Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario and three pitchers in the Dodgers minor league system last season. Managing the winter league team is Single-A manager Inland Empire Carlos Subero.
Signing Type A Free Agents
Sky Andrecheck points out that teams signing a Type A free agent who has declined salary arbitration lose a valuable draft pick to the player's former team. The signing team gives up either a late first-round pick or an early second-round pick, depending on its draft position.
"The system boils down to a tax on Type A free agents, which teams must pay in the form of draft picks," he writes. "Research shows that on average, a late first-round draft choice will contribute about two major league wins to his team during the first six years of his career.
"Two wins may not sound like much, but on the open free-agent market, teams will pay about $4.5 million per win. This means those two wins are worth about $9 million -- not chump change at all".
Dodger Blue Notes --Cory Littrell, son of Jack Littrell who played in the Dodgers organization and whose grandfather played with the As and Cubs, has received a scholarship to play baseball for the University of Kentucky. ...ESPN reports that Roy Halliday will no re-sign with Toronto. Rumors persist that the Dodgers are interested in trading for the six-time All-Star and 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner who had a 17-10 record in 32 starts with a 2.79 ERA this season. Chad Billingsley seems to be the big part of the Dodgers contribution. ...Dodgers President Dennis Mannion, speaking for owner Frank McCourt, who has not granted interviews since the divorce proceedings were filed, said the team did not raise prices on season tickets or parking last season and would not do so next season. He also said that would rule out Angels pitcher John Lackey "unless there is an effective way to make that kind of deal." ...Former Dodgers outfielder J.D. Drew has undergone shoulder surgery.