Sunday, December 17, 2006

It Pays to be Formerly Disgruntled

With disgruntled former Dodger Toby Hall signing a two-year, $3.65 million contract with the White Sox and oft-injured former Dodger Jayson Werth garnering interest from multiple clubs, Dodger fans might be wondering why these players weren't traded for prospects instead of being non-tendered with nothing to show for them.

Ken Gurnick at has some answers:

One of former general manager Paul DePodesta's first acquisitions, Werth hit 16 home runs playing part-time in 2004, but there are few people in current management or staff that have much familiarity with him....

The Dodgers tried to trade [Hall], but interested clubs apparently were convinced the Dodgers would non-tender Hall and they could get him without giving up a player.