Monday, January 15, 2007

Very Tall Dodger Gets Very Large Raise

Bolstered by the addition of Jason Schmidt to the starting rotation, the Dodgers went out and avoided arbritration by offering a one-year, $2.925M deal to fifth-starter-at-best Mark Hendrickson. Unsurprisingly, Hendrickson quickly accepted the offer, knowing that he had earned his million-dollar raise with his sterling 2-7 record and 4.68 ERA with the Dodgers last year.

That's $500K per win he brought the Dodgers last year, for those scoring at home.

It's as if Ned Colletti is determined to make his trade of Dioner Navarro and Jae Seo amount to something, given Toby Hall (the other player in that trade with the Devil Rays). Hall, who actually batted a reasonable .368 with 8 RBI for the Dodgers last year, signed with the White Sox earlier this winter for $1.75M/year for two years to backup A.J. Pierzynski.

Oh, to be a pitcher.


Orel said...

Oh, to be a left-handed pitcher.

Steve Sax said...

Over his last eight appearances for the Dodgers, he pitched the following number of innings: 4, 1, 4, 1, 4, 1.2, 2, 1.

I get the importance of having a lefty in your starting rotation. But if he's going to be out of the game by the third inning, I don't see how that changes the opposing team's strategy all that much.

Orel said...

With our surplus of starters, I think Hendrickson is going to be used in middle relief (and available for spot starts when the inevitable injuries to the pitching staff set in).