Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dodgers Part Ways with Justin Sellers

Steve Dilbeck sums it up nicely:
One year you’re the opening day starting shortstop. The next you’re designated for assignment.

Welcome to the world of Justin Sellers, who was DFA’d on Saturday when the Dodgers officially signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena.

Sellers could field but not hit (.199 in parts of three seasons), and the Dodgers currently have their share of slick-fielding, questionable-hitting infielders, beginning now with Arruebarrena. And they just invested $25 million in him.

Sellers surprised most everyone with his hitting when first called up in the middle of the 2011 season, when he had a .278 average in his first 16 games. Alas, his offensive production had peaked.
Best of luck to Sellblock.

Meanwhile, can we agree to call Arruebarrena "Arrow Borracho"?


Steve Sax said...

I recall meeting Sellers' dad and hearing his pride in his son for making the bigs. I was rooting for Sellers! Alas, with Sellers and Gordon, the offensive abyss in middle infield (not to mention mediocre defense) was just too much to bear.

Good luck, Justin!

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah I'm definitely rooting for Sellers and hope he finds his baseball way.

Pride of Dong said...

Met his family when they came down from Sac to watch the 'topes play in Fresno. He's a cool guy! Sucks that there isn't room for him, but, business is business!

Steve Sax said...

I guess the question now is, does Sellers have buyers?

(cries about thinking up this pun 12 hours too late)