Needing to make decisions about their roster prior to the restart of their 2014 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost two players to waiver claims this afternoon. Reliever Javy Guerra was claimed by the Chicago White Sox while Rule 5 pick and reliever Seth Rosin was claimed by the Texas Rangers.
Guerra was designated for assignment after Chone Figgins was added to the 40-man roster while Rosin was placed on waivers due to all the arms in the Dodgers bullpen. This afternoon the Dodgers made the move official as they now have 39 players on the 40-man roster:
Today, Seth Rosin was claimed off waivers by Texas and Javy Guerra was claimed off waivers by the White Sox
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 26, 2014
After re-signing Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell and signing Jamie Wright and Chris Perez, there wasn’t much room for Guerra or Rosin to make the team out of Spring Training. Guerra was the Dodgers closer in 2011, notching 21 saves in 47 games, but injuries in 2012 derailed any hopes of him sticking as the closer for another season.
He spent most of 2013 at Triple A Albuquerque and even tried to stretch out to be a starter, but that didn’t work out. In Spring Training this season, the 28-year-old reliever struggled with his command in seven games he appeared in. Meanwhile, Rosin became a fan favorite early in spring as most were hoping he’d stick on the roster.
A Rule 5 pick from the Philadelphia Phillies through the New York Mets, Rosin had to be on the roster for the entire season or be offered back to the Phillies for $25,000. With the Dodgers in Spring Training, Rosin allowed just two earned runs in 11 innings pitched and struck out 12 batters he faced.
With the Dodgers 40-man roster sitting at 39 while the active 25-man roster is at 27 as decisions will need to be made by the organization in short order.
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