The Rangers claimed Rule 5 righty Seth Rosin, and the White Sox claimed reliever Javy Guerra from the Dodgers on Wednesday. While Guerra seemed to be a lost cause for the Dodgers, Rosin on the other hand was coming out of a very good spring training and was one player I really wanted to see make it.
Rosin would have been a good addition to the bullpen and a great weapon to have in your back pocket. Being a former starter for the Phillies double A club last year means he could go out for more than an inning of work. While he may not have been headed to being a top of the rotation starter, he was defiantly on his way to being an above average reliever, with Rosin dropping his below average changeup, and sticking to a really good fastball-slider combination instead. Look at how Chris Withrow has gone from starting to relieving for example.
With the Dodgers pitching coaches with him, and the fact the Rosin is only 25 years old, I feel that the Dodgers could be missing out on a really good piece in the pen for a years to come. The Dodgers also paid the Mets $50 thousand dollars to pick Rosin in the Rule 5 Draft. I know money doesn’t matter to the Dodgers, but I just thought I’d throw it out there that they are literally throwing that money in the trash, but I guess that’s nothing new.
Two factors kept Rosin from making the Dodgers. One happens to be that the Dodgers have a really good bullpen already. It’s hard to find room for a spot when you have proven pitchers like Rodriguez, Howell, Withrow, Perez, Wilson and Jansen. So I can see, from the Dodgers front office point of view, why a pitcher like Rosin is expendable. To them it doesn’t really matter that they spent $50 thousand dollars on a player to pitch four spring training games just to give him away to the Rangers. After all the Dodgers have wasted a lot more money than that on below average players.
Speaking of wasting money on below average players, that brings me to reason number two, Brandon League. Instead of having a pitcher that could be useful like Rosin in the pen, the Dodgers are burning $7.5 million dollars a year, for two more agonizing years, for a pitcher that even they don’t really want to use. Now, who’s to say for certain that Rosin would still be a Dodger even if League wasn’t on the team, but League is using up a roster spot that could definitely go to someone more deserving of it. Instead of having a spot for a young player hungry for a chance in the Majors, the spot is wasting away on a player who’s walking the shores of Southern California looking for his career because it’s washed up.
predicted this would happen back in his February article for the LA Times. At the end he made a great point of another pitcher who had a good spring and didn’t make the team.
“Now, the Dodgers will tell you these things have a way of working themselves out, though certainly not always. Last year Kevin Gregg was terrific in the spring and Manager Don Mattingly wanted to keep him. Instead, he was let go. He went on to sign with the Cubs and became their closer, saving 33 games.”
While the Dodgers can’t change the past, and unfortunately had to let Rosin go, I wish him good luck with the Rangers. I’ll be looking for his name in the box scores.