The first round of spring cuts were announced by the Dodgers today, and several players were banished down to their respective minor league camps. Ok, so maybe banished is a bit of a harsh word. Let’s just say they were politely told to no longer show up to the big league camp anymore. So off to the minors they go, hi-ho, for the following players,
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Stephen Fife (59) throws from the bullpen during camp at Camelback Ranch.-Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Buss, Jarret Martin, Yimi Garcia, Stephen Fife, Pedro Baez, left hander Chris Reed, Griff Erickson, Daniel Moskos, Sam Demel, and Chris O’Brien. All of the players listed above will report to their minor league camps immediately.
I’m still a little bummed about Fife, but I expected that. I guess this effectively puts an end to my little campaign to nominate him for fifth starter. Especially after Josh Beckett, and Paul Maholm both turned in good performances this week. Fife is still a great guy to have around for depth. The rest of the players cut were no surprise. None of them were particularly impressive, or were able to stand out. With the exception of Fife, the rest are all minor leaguers, and or non-roster guys. Although to be fair, none of them have gotten in much work. Fife has only thrown two frames, as has Martin, Baez, and Demel. Fife has allowed one earned run, and one walk in his two innings of work this spring.
The next round of cuts should come sometime soon. Who will be the next group of underperformers and minor leaguers to get the axe?