Dodgers Add Two To 40-Man Roster

The Dodgers have purchased the contracts of catcher Hector Gimenez and pitcher Luis Vazquez, adding both to the 40-man roster in preparation for next month's Rule 5 draft, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Rosters must be set by tonight at 9 p.m. PST, and those on a 40-man roster by this date are ineligible to be drafted, or Monked, as it were.

Gimenez is a 28-year old catcher who the Dodgers signed to a minor-league contract last week. He played two games for the 2006 Astros, going hitless in two at-bats. Gimenez missed all of the 2007 season in Houston after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He spent the last two seasons in the Pirates organization, hitting .305/.384/.533 in Double A last season. He was an Eastern League All-Star in 2010. Gimenez is currently hitting .253/.330/.442 with Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Gimenez also happens to be out of options, which makes this move all the more puzzling. He used options in 2004, 2005, and 2006, and now can't be sent down to the minors without first clearing waivers.

Vazquez, who turns 25 next April 3, was signed by the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic in 2007. The right-handed reliever was 3-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 37 games for Class A Great Lakes last season.

Brandon Lennox had a great preview of the potential additions to the 40-man roster last week, so if you want to see who is eligible to be plucked from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft, be sure to read that.

Since the World Series ended, the Dodgers have re-signed Ted Lilly, Jay Gibbons, and Hiroki Kuroda, and also purchased the contract of Jamie Hoffmann, who was selected in last year's Rule 5 draft by the Yankees, only to be returned to the Dodgers in spring training. The current Dodgers 40-man roster has 37 players:

Dodgers 40-Man Roster
Player 2011 Age* Service Time 2011 Salary
Pitchers (18)
Ronald Belisario 28 1.133 team control
Chad Billingsley 26 4.110 arb eligible
Jonathan Broxton 27 5.020 $7,000,000
Scott Elbert 25 0.100 team control
John Ely 25 0.101 team control
Javy Guerra 25 0.000 team control
Kenley Jansen 23 0.073 team control
Clayton Kershaw 23 2.105 team control
Hong-Chih Kuo 29 4.114 arb eligible
Hiroki Kuroda 36 3.000 $8,000,000
Brent Leach 28 0.090 team control
Ted Lilly 35 10.102 $7,500,000
Jon Link 27 0.047 team control
Carlos Monasterios 25 1.000 team control
Travis Schlichting 26 0.143 team control
George Sherrill 34 5.147 arb eligible
Ramon Troncoso 28 2.080 team control
Luis Vazquez
25 0.000 team control
Catchers (3)
A.J. Ellis 30 1.062 team control
Hector Gimenez
28 1.016 team control
Russell Martin 28 4.150 arb eligible
Infielders (9)
Casey Blake 37 8.138 $5,250,000
Jamey Carroll 37 8.020 $2,500,000
Ivan DeJesus 24 0.000 team control
Rafael Furcal 33 11.000 $12,000,000
Chin-lung Hu 27 1.016 team control
John Lindsey 34 0.028 team control
James Loney 27 4.012 arb eligible
Russ Mitchell 26 0.028 team control
Ryan Theriot 31 4.118 arb eligible
Outfielders (7)
Andre Ethier 29 4.153 $9,250,000
Jay Gibbons 34 7.057 $650,000
Jamie Hoffmann 26 0.025 team control
Matt Kemp 26 4.049 $7,100,000
Trent Oeltjen 28 0.087 team control
Xavier Paul 26 1.041 team control
Trayvon Robinson 23 0.000 team control
*age is as of June 30, 2011

For more roster information, be sure to click here.

The next important date to remember is Tuesday, which is the deadline to offer arbitration to free agents to qualify for compensation should the free agent(s) decline (the deadline for that is one week later, on November 30). The Dodgers have two Type B free agents, Rod Barajas and Scott Podsednik. Should the Dodgers offer arbitration to one (or both) of them and they decline and sign elsewhere, the Dodgers would receive a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds of the 2011 draft.

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In other news, the Pirates tonight designated for assignment old friends Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young, along with Zach Duke (opening day mound opponent of one Vicente Padilla in 2010).

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