The Los Angeles Dodgers have 10 free agents of their own after declining the options on second baseman Mark Ellis and starting pitcher Chris Capuano. Free agency is officially underway as the Dodgers are sure to be one of the more aggressive teams as they look to build on their 2013 season.
Along with their major league free agents, the Dodgers also have 25 minor league free agents spanning Triple A, Double A and Low A. Matt Eddy of Baseball America listed all their minor league free agents:
RHP: Juan Abreu* (AAA), Angel Castro (AAA), Kyle Cofield (AAA), Blake Johnson (AAA), Anthony Ortega (AAA), Matt Palmer (AAA), Mario Santiago* (AAA), Daniel Tamares (Lo A), Luis Vasquez (AAA), Sean White (AAA)
LHP: Kelvin de la Cruz (AAA), Thomas Melgarejo (AA), Jonathan Sanchez (AAA)
C: Eliezer Alfonzo (AAA), Damaso Espino (AAA), J.R. Towles (AAA), Matt Wallach (AA)
1B: Sean Burroughs (AAA)
2B: Rafael Ynoa (AA)
3B: Brian Barden (AAA), Pedro Guerrero (AA), Ryan Mount (AA)
OF: Matt Angle (AAA), Tony Gwynn Jr. (AAA), Jeremy Moore (AAA)
The names that stick out from this list are Tony Gwynn Jr, Jonathan Sanchez and Sean Burroughs as all three have major league experience. Of the three, Gwynn Jr. is the only one to have been in a Dodger uniform as he’s played in 239 games from 2011-12, but spent the entire 2013 season at Triple A.
Sanchez was signed to a minor league contract earlier in the season as the Dodgers rotation at the big league level underwent several injuries. However, things didn’t get too bad for the Dodgers and Sanchez stayed in Albuquerque the entire season. He went 7-3 with a 5.13 ERA and will look to sign on with another team next season.
Meanwhile, Burroughs is a former first round pick of the San Diego Padres and after four years with the Friars, he’s signed several minor league deals. It’ll be interesting to see which players the Dodgers decide to bring back as they seem to be set at the big league level and could be looking to add players for depth purposes.
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