rosin_2014-02-26

Liking Seth Rosin Is Just Going To Make It Harder To Let Him Go

rosin_2014-02-26It probably says all you need to know about spring training that for the second time in the first week of camp games, I’m choosing to ignore a less-than-impressive start from Clayton Kershaw in order to focus on a Rule 5 pick who has almost no chance of making the team. Spring training is just the best*. (*Worst.) It’s still March 3, and I still don’t really care that much about results from guys with long histories of success. Kershaw will be there when it counts.

But Rosin, well, we’ve been over how overstuffed the Dodger bullpen is, how there’s potentially — if not likely — a way that both Paco Rodriguez and Chris Withrow could miss out on the Opening Day roster because of all the guys with guaranteed contracts. For Rosin, who has to be on the active roster or be offered back to his previous team, it’s almost the worst possible situation.

Then again, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, we’re going to have a fun conversation. Last week, Rosin struck out five Diamondbacks in two innings, including Paul GoldschmidtAaron Hill, and Martin Prado consecutively. Today, he followed that up striking out three A’s in three scoreless innings, including Josh Donaldson — arguably the best player in the AL outside of Mike Trout & Miguel Cabrera last year — and John Jaso.

The usual caveats apply: two appearances. Five innings. March 3, etc. I still don’t see how he’s going to make the roster, and I’m not even convinced he should make the roster at this point. But I do know that on a pitching staff without a lot of questions, it’s fun to have a story, and it’s even more fun when that story is an unknown Rule 5 guy trying to beat out millionaires.


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221 comments
LA_Woman
LA_Woman

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M-P
M-P moderator

re: the Dee conversation below. I have no idea if his changes are real, but I know that it's a week into games and we're not arguing about who gets to press the button to fire him into the sun. That's real progress, and I'll take it for what it is.

JamesJack1
JamesJack1

@Mike Petriello

Gordon's winter stats were great, and he's just staying on like. Don't be surprised if he's opening day 2B

Math Cosmos Feline
Math Cosmos Feline

I'm so glad that I started a conversation I completely took part in. 

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

for my class we have a 7 week project where we have to design hardware. My partner for the project just dropped the class. 

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Speaking of Dee, here's the real question.  If he starts the season for us to buy time for Guerrero and does well in limited play, would you: 1) TRADE HIM WHILE PEOPLE STILL THINK HE HAS VALUE, or, 2) KEEP HIM, HE'S PLAYING WELL ... might be a tough call.

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Would absolutely trade him if the Dodgers received a ridiculous offer.

That being said, there's a less than 0 percent chance Colletti would even attempt that.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Dustin Nosler Yeah, I agree he's unlikely to do that.  That would be a smart play though, try to drive up interest in him with a short sample of success and then trade him fast.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@BlueMarvin @Purple Drank (Disinterested Bystander)  for the same reason why the Cubs didn't get anything for Brian LaHair in like 2012, it'll be difficult to get something really, really good.

Most realistic case is the Ivan DeJesus treatment: a small piece of a big trade where he is a nice name but won't be the centerpiece.

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

Trade him in a heartbeat. Problem is that it will take too much time for his value to significantly improve.

joelydanger
joelydanger

@BlueMarvin @Purple Drank (Disinterested Bystander)  April and May would probably be too early still. Maybe not even the trade deadline. I think the Dodgers need a somebody just in case something happens to Guerrero, more of just a warm body. Maybe after the season if he does well enough to have any trade value at all.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@BlueMarvin  also, the answer about whether to trade Dee is a pretty easy one: when you've got $28 mil invested in Guerrero and $25 mil invested in Arruebarrena, and you've got Hanley, and you've got Corey Seager who people in the org think is going to stick at SS