It was one year ago today that the Dodgers signed Jay Gibbons to a minor league deal. Gibbons made it to the big leagues for the first time since 2007, and hit well enough in limited action (an .819 OPS in 80 plate appearances) that he earned himself a Major League deal with the club for 2011 and potentially a regular platoon gig.
Here are some fresh items about the boys in blue…
- A potential sale of the Dodgers could be worth as much as $1BB, reports Mike Ozanian of Forbes. One "billionaire" team owner tells Ozanian that the Dodgers have "a vanity premium" for many potential buyers. Ozanian hears from some owners, executives and sports bankers that the belief exists that Frank McCourt will not be able to raise enough money to keep control of the club. McCourt, unsurprisingly, thinks otherwise, and said as much to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
- The newly-signed Tony Gwynn Jr. could win the center field job with a strong Spring Training, writes MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Such a move would shift Matt Kemp to right field and Andre Ethier to left. More realistically, however, Kemp and Ethier will stay put in center and right, respectively, and the Dodgers will use a left field platoon of Gibbons and either a yet-to-be-acquired right-handed bat or possibly Casey Blake.
- If the team does sign another right-handed hitter, it won't be Manny Ramirez. To the surprise of nobody, Don Mattingly tells Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times "I don’t think Manny is a viable option right now."
- The Dodgers signed right-hander Roman Colon to a minor league deal, tweets Baseball America's Matthew Eddy. Colon has been pitching in the Korean League since he was released by Kansas City in May. The right-hander has a 5.12 ERA in 121 Major League appearances (all but eight of them in relief) with the Royals, Tigers and Braves since 2004.