West Notes: Dodgers, Ludwick, Mariners

On this day in 1957, Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley announced that his team could play as many as 10 exhibition games in California in 1958.  It ended up being a bit of a lengthier stay, as the Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles following the 1957 season.  Just like O'Malley, we're looking to the west coast (or at least the western divisions) for these news items…

  • If the Dodgers aren't satisifed with their Jay Gibbons/Tony Gwynn Jr./Marcus Thames platoon in left field, ESPN.com's Jason A. Churchill lists some of the left fielders that could be available in a trade.  Of the five players on Churchill's list, only Carlos Quentin would seem to be an everyday option, but if he's playing well enough to attract the Dodgers' attention, it's unlikely the White Sox would want to move him anyway.
  • Ryan Ludwick tells Dan Hayes of the North County Times that the two months that followed his trade to the Padres last season were the "worst two months of my big league career."  Ludwick hit just .211/.301/.330 in 239 plate appearances in San Diego last year and admitted he struggled with the pressure of trying to take the Padres to the postseason.
  • The Mariners are likely to keep Dustin Ackley and Michael Pineda in the minors until at least June, writes Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.  Both players "have areas of their games that could use further AAA development," but Baker also figures the Mariners want to avoid having either of their prospects qualify for Super Two status.
  • Angels right-hander Rich Thompson seemed to turn a corner last season, but since the Australian is out of options, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon says the Halos could lose Thompson unless he makes the team.
  • Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers has acquired six players (Henry Blanco, Geoff Blum, Russell Branyan, Sean Burroughs, Xavier Nady and Brian Sweeney) this offseason that played for the Padres when Towers was that club's general manager, writes Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com.  "These are character guys, veterans that I knew would have a strong presence in our clubhouse," Towers said. "I knew what their intangibles are, which I thought was important….When you have history with individuals, you know what they're about as well." 
  • The Rangers have invited Yhency Brazoban to their Major League Spring Training camp, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.  Brazoban signed a minor league deal with Texas in December that didn't include an invite to the team's big league camp.


17 Responses to West Notes: Dodgers, Ludwick, Mariners Leave a Reply

  1. Karsch 4 years ago

    Really? Thats why you struggled last season?

  2. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Please get Donny a real left fielder, not named Quentin. That would be the worst outfield defense in the majors.

    • Karsch 4 years ago

      Like Scott Podsednik?

    • Yankee_Baal 4 years ago

      Quentin on LF, Kemp on CF and Ethier on RF… only the current versions of Rickey Henderson, Bernie Williams and Jose Canseco would be worst defenders (and not by much).

  3. Jeremy Johnson 4 years ago

    I think its a good idea for the Mariners to put Ackley and Pineda in AAA to start off the year so that they can work on their game.

  4. Keith Mc 4 years ago

    Sean Burroughs is still in the league????

    • Karsch 4 years ago

      Before the Dbacks signed him, he had been out of the league since 2006.

    • EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

      I have his rookie autograph card! Time for him to make it worth something!

      • Karsch 4 years ago

        Well it worked with Jose Bautista so you never no.

  5. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    Thats refreshing to hear about the Dodger’s LF situation. Maybe Paul will actually get a legit shot at it afterall

  6. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    Damn.. didn’t see the big “If” at the beginning of the sentence…

  7. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

    Everybody who thinks Gwynn Jr. was signed to play a three-way platoon in left field raise your hand.

    • Guest 4 years ago

      I am hoping hes full time platoon in CF

      • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

        “full time” and “platoon” dont work next to each other

      • BlueSkyLA
        BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

        Well anyway, three left fielders isn’t a platoon. It’s more like a battalion.

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