The Los Angeles Dodgers are continuing to make moves this off-season, while still patiently waiting for things to fall into place. One of those moves consists of signing free agent right-hander Joe Blanton.
The Dodgers signed the 35 year-old veteran to a 1-year deal worth $4M dollars, according to L.A. Times writer Dylan Hernandez. Blanton had an impressive showing last season posting an era of 2.84 in 76 innings.
The bullpen is of high emphasis this season with key players departing and recovering from injury. Blanton signing relives some pressure for the Dodgers pitching rotation and is a welcomed addition. Another addition would be getting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu back at full strength.
That dream might turn into a reality soon as Ryu is well on his way to full recovery. Joseph Kim, who primarily covers/reports on all Korean MLB players, posted pictures of Ryu throwing on twitter. This is Ryu’s third pitching session at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.
— Joseph Kim (@blackwings2011) January 20, 2016
Seems the Dodgers are pleased with Ryu’s progress posting a video of one of his sessions on instagram with the caption “recovery throw”.
While Ryu looks to be getting back on track, it seems the team hit a minor snag in third baseman Justin Turner’s recovery process. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Turner might not be ready by Spring Training, but utility player Kike Hernandez and catcher Yasmani Grandal should be ready to go.
With so many players set to return do the Dodgers need outfielder Andre Ethier? That’s the question that seems to be starting rumors about a potential trade.
Ethier is coming off one of his best seasons posting a .294 batting average average and bringing in 14 home runs for the boys in blue. Unfortunately, his performance on the field seems to have nothing to do with these rumors circling around. It seems to come down to the 10-five rights.
On April 10th Ethier will turn 34 years-old and 11 days after that he will earn his 10-five rights, which means he has been a part of the MLB for 10 years and with the same team for five years. Earning those honors means that Ethier also earns the right to refuse any trade the Dodgers propose. It’s good to note that Ethier still has two-years remaining on his contract worth $38M.
So to trade or not to trade? That is the question. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.