Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Carl Erskine BRO,LAN b. 1926, played 1948-1959, All-Star: 1954. A career Dodger, he held a 14-strikeout World Series record (earned in his 1953 World Series Game 3 victory) that stood for 14 years. He pitched two no-hitters in his career, one on June 19, 1952 against the Cubs, and his second on May 12, 1956 against the Giants. He remains in the franchise top 10 for home runs allowed (both single-season and career) and earned runs allowed; he is also in the major league top 100 for career winning percentage, with .610.
Joe Landrum BRO b. 1928, played 1950, 1952
Billy Loes BRO b. 1929, played 1950, 1952-1956, All-Star: 1957. Loes once said, "If you win 20 games, they expect you to do it every year." It was typical of his famous malapropisms; he once claimed to have lost a groundball in the sun.
Bubba Morton CAL b. 1931, played 1966-1969
Nate Oliver LAN b. 1940, played 1963-1967
Jeff Robinson CAL b. 1960, played 1991
George Shuba BRO b. 1924, played 1948-1950, 1952-1955
Steve Wilson LAN b. 1964, played 1991-1993
- Former Dodger Jose Cruz is now a Padre, to the tune of $650,000 and one year.
- Mark Hendrickson (inexplicably) and Joe Beimel (explicably) were granted arbitration by the Dodgers.
- Jayson Werth and Toby Hall were not offered contracts, and are free agents. Rotoworld speculates that Werth could find a job in the lefty-heavy outfield of Texas as a reserve.
- Franquelis Osoria was claimed off waivers by the Pirates.
- The Astros got Jason Jennings from the Rockies, in exchange for OF Willy Taveras and pitchers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh.
- The Mariners have non-tendered Joel Pineiro, much to nobody's surprise.
- The Blue Jays have offered Vernon Wells a new deal worth $126M over 7 years.