6:36PM: Price tested positive for COVID-19, manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times). Price is showing symptoms but is vaccinated, and Roberts doesn’t expect anyone else on the team to hit the COVID-IL due to infection or close-contact situations.
3:05PM: McKinstry has now been quickly recalled from his Triple-A assignment since David Price has been placed on the injured list. No specific reason was given for Price’s placement.
2:43PM: The Dodgers made a few roster moves prior to today’s game, according to their transactions tracker at MLB.com. Right-handed pitcher Reyes Moronta had his contract selected. To make room on the active roster, utility player Zach McKinstry was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. To clear a spot for Moronta on the 40-man roster, left-hander Darien Nunez was designated for assignment.
Moronta seemed to emerge as an elite bullpen weapon for the Giants in 2018 and ’19. Over those two seasons, the righty threw 121 2/3 innings with a 2.66 ERA. His 13.8% walk rate was certainly concerning, but he paired that with a 29.3% strikeout rate. Unfortunately, shoulder surgery caused him to miss the entirety of the shortened 2020 campaign. Last year, a flexor strain limited him to four innings in the majors and 18 innings in Triple-A.
The Giants outrighted him at the end of the season, with Moronta electing free agency. He signed a minors deal with the Dodgers that would guarantee him $1.5MM if he cracked the roster. With his selection today, the 29-year-old has now secured himself that salary. As of today, Moronta has exactly four years of MLB service time, as well as still being able to be optioned to the minors. If he can hold onto his 40-man roster spot through the remainder of the season, the Dodgers could opt to keep him around via arbitration. In six Triple-A innings so far this year, he has an ERA of 1.50, with 10 strikeouts but 4 walks.
As for Nunez, it was announced yesterday that he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery. Nunez was in the minors at the time, meaning that the Dodgers could have merely placed him on the minor league injured list. However, in that scenario, he would continue to occupy a spot on the 40-man roster. The club also had the option of placing Nunez on the major league injured list. Doing so would have opened up a roster spot, but also would have meant Nunez would earn an MLB salary and service time over the remainder of the year.
The Dodgers have instead decided to designate him for assignment. Injured players cannot be placed on outright waivers, meaning Nunez will have to be placed on release waivers. A team could theoretically claim him if they were willing to give him the service time and MLB pay that the Dodgers opted against. A similar situation occurred last year when the White Sox designated Luis Gonzalez for assignment, who was claimed by the Giants, with the latter club placing him on the MLB injured list. However, that situation happened in mid-August with just about six weeks remaining in the season. Since Nunez is undergoing Tommy John surgery, he won’t be back for at least a year and probably longer, which likely reduces the chances of him following in Gonzalez’s footsteps.
Rooting for Moronta but tough seeing him in that enemy uni.
Moronta has been the bright spot in our pen during a weak core of a team. I know his shoulder is messed up and he hasn’t had huge control after going under the knife. But this guy is magic in a bottle at times when on the mound in late innings. Was a great pickup for Los dodgers, victim of too much depth on roster I guess. Regardless I’m happy he got another shot because he used to be one of the most exciting things to watch in giants game for a few years.
wow didnt even 60-day him. harsh.
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This is yet another big contract where the “Price is not right”. Ugh..
Glad me nor my team is wasting money on this albatross
The Red Sox fans should love the Dodgers for taking on David Price and his $48,000,000, Carl Crawford and his $120,000,000, the last couple years of Josh Beckett…
Total in 2012 was around $276,000,000 and another $75,000,000 in 2020, all to get Adrian Gonzalez and 1 year of Betts who they could have gotten in free agency after 2020…
The only problem with waiting to get Betts after 2020, is without him in 2020 the Dodgers do not make it to or win the World Series…definitely worth it, IMO.
And then the Red Sox go out and give bad contracts to Sandoval, Hanley, and (soon to be) Trevor Story. I’d rather have AGonz and Mookie than those players.
Red Sox are paying half of Price’s contract
BleedingBlue1622323 hours ago
The only problem with waiting to get Betts after 2020, is without him in 2020 the Dodgers do not make it to or win the World Series…
Pretty good chance they win it anyway, The difference between Betts and Verdugo was only 1.1 bWAR. And LA would’ve had another $43M in spending money.
Half for the three years is $48M. However the Dodgers did not have to pay $16M of that due to Price opting out in 2020.
Eck just explained the David Price IL move as a testicular addition, since Price needs some.
Price has banked so much money he just doesn’t seem to care anymore.
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I honestly feel like Price is being wasted as a reliever.
i know a team that could use a reliable SP right now…
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I think the Dodgers will move him at the deadline because he would be more valuable to other teams who need a starter
I even wonder if the roster can keep being manipulated for Price not to be DFA by the deadline.
But will he be stretched out enough to go 5-6 innings by then?
That would be a difficult trade to arrange. he might well be capable of adding something to the rotation, but without an injury, he won’t get a chance to start. And LAD would likely have to eat most of his salary. At a payroll of $300M, LA would be better off keeping him around as a $6/7/8 type than trying to save $2M.
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Looks like Bellinger is back
Is David Price still a Fortnite junkie?
maybe, but did you know Trevor May is addicted to Minecraft lately?
Lately is subjectively relative.
David prices contract was a mistake from the beginning
Sometimes I wonder if teams are abusing this Covid 19 by putting players on it so they can bring up another player.
Test results are being falsified? Is that your suspicion?
They don’t need a positive test to be on the Covid IL…
Sure, but you don’t need much to IL a player for a “tired arm” either. COVID is a heck of a lot more specific than a lot of injuries.
Any symptoms can put you on the Covid IL
Price tested positive and is showing symptoms. But I didn’t get an answer to my question, did I?
If the RS aren’t doing, it is not a real thing. Tired arm? Covid. Sore knee keeping you grounded? Covid?
The Giants pick up an interesting arm in Cuban LHP Darien Nuñez for the prorated minimum league salary of $700K. Why not? Put him on the 60 day IL and help him get ready for 2023.