Thursday, December 11, 2008
Angels, Dodgers Lose Three Apiece In Rule 5 Draft
Neither the Dodgers nor the Angels took any players in their major league draft turns.
In the minor league portion, the Dodgers lost three: SS Francisco Lizarraga (to the Reds), OF/1B Drew Locke (to Houston), and SS Shane Justice (to Milwaukee). The Dodgers also acquired 3B Anthony Hatch from the Blue Jays.
O'Day is a case where clearly the Angels gave up on him for no apparent reason; there doesn't seem to be any shortage of 40-man slots when that roster includes guys like Rafael Rodriguez. I can understand Bobby Mosebach (IIRC he had a significant injury history); Miguel Gonzalez came off a pair of weak showings at AA, but improved by about a half a run from his previous stint at AA in 2007.
For the Dodgers, Lizarraga appears to be an eminently replaceable defense-first shortstop. Andy Locke was a 25-year-old OF/1B playing at high-A Inland Empire, and probably therefore not of much interest. I can't find anything on Justice. As to Anthony Hatch, he spent most of three years at high-A Dunedin, and would be a 24-year-old playing at AA or AAA next year (his 2008 line in 255 at-bats was .235/.289/.353; it was the first level he hadn't shown a SLG over .500 in his career, which is something.