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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pickoff Moves

Rangers Sale Once More Nixed

Via David Pinto, Tom Hicks' creditors have vetoed the most recent sale plan for that franchise.
This doesn't mean Greenberg doesn't end up with the Rangers at some point. It does, however, yet again, render the rosy "every little thing gonna be alright" jazz he's been peddling since December increasingly silly. Deals of this size get derailed over far less than $60 million, and even if they end up going through, a difference in that amount can utterly destroy the timeline.

Upshot: there's a very real possibility that the Rangers may spend another season, or at least a good chunk of it, in the same kind of financial limbo they were in last year. A year in which they had to beg MLB for loans.

Gagne Reassigned To Minor League Camp

Game Over is over, at least, that's my reading of it.
In addition to Gagne, the Dodgers optioned pitcher Scott Elbert and reassigned pitcher Scott Dohmann, outfielder Michael Restovich and infielder John Lindsey. Elbert had been in the running for the fifth starter job, but had been hampered by a sore shoulder early in camp and a 20.25 ERA more recently.

The Dodgers also returned left-handed Rule 5 pick Armando Zerpa to the Boston organization.

After their 4-0 victory over the Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Monday, the Dodgers made four additional camp cuts. Right-hander Travis Schlichting, lefty Brent Leach and infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. were optioned to the Minor League camp. Reassigned to the Minors camp was infielder Argenis Reyes, a non-roster invitee.

I expect we haven't seen the last of Elbert this year; pitching has a way of calling guys up.

Dodgers Blank Angels: Dodgers 4, Angels 0

The only good news in this for the Angels was the solid spring debuts of Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepson; otherwise, not much to talk about, as the Dodgers beat up on Scott Kazmir and Sean O'Sullivan some. Expect to see a lot more articles like this one on MLB.com talking up Kazmir's learning a new pitch, or some other wishcasting designed to take the sting away from Sean Rodriguez now being in Tampa Bay's hands.

The Dodgers got four scoreless innings from Ramon Ortiz, who faced a pretty much straight-up Angels squad the whole time. I don't read too much into it, but it's pretty good for a guy who hasn't pitched in the Show in three years.

MLB.com box

Abreu, Aybar, Willits Injured

... and none appeared in yesterday's game. None of it's serious, though; Abreu has a sore oblique, Aybar a stiff arm, and Willits a sore hamstring.

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