Dodgers Make Room For Guerrier On 40-Man Roster; Leach On His Way To Japan?

The Dodgers cleared a spot on their 40-man roster for reliever Matt Guerrier on Tuesday when pitcher Brent Leach was designated for assignment, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. This comes a day after a report from NPB Tracker that Leach signed with the Yokohama BayStars of the Japanese Central League. This is presumably similar to the situation with Eric Stults, who was sold to the Hiroshima Carp for $400,000 at the end of spring training earlier this year.

Leach is a 28-year old lefty who filled in for a few months in the 2009 Dodgers bullpen, putting up a 5.75 ERA in 38 games, mostly as a left-handed specialist. In 2010, Leach, who had pitched in relief for the better part of four years, converted back to a starter in Double A. He was 7-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 13 starts for Chattanooga in 2010.

Here is a look at the current Dodgers 40-man roster:

Dodgers 40-Man Roster
Pitchers (20)
Player 2011 Age* Service Time Options Used Options Left 2011 Salary
Ronald Belisario 28 1.133 2004,2005,2008 none team control
Chad Billingsley 26 4.110 n/a n/a arb eligible
Jonathan Broxton 27 5.020 n/a n/a $7,000,000
Scott Elbert 25 0.100 2009,2010 1 team control
John Ely 25 0.101 2010 2 team control
Matt Guerrier 32 6.056 n/a n/a $1,500,000
Blake Hawksworth 28 1.108 2007,2008,2009 none team control
Jon Garland 31 10.071 n/a n/a $3,500,000
Javy Guerra 25 0.000 2010 2 team control
Kenley Jansen 23 0.073 2010 2 team control
Clayton Kershaw 23 2.105 2008 yeah right team control
Hong-Chih Kuo 29 4.114 n/a n/a arb eligible
Hiroki Kuroda 36 3.000 n/a n/a $8,000,000
Ted Lilly 35 10.102 n/a n/a $7,500,000
Jon Link 27 0.047 2009,2010 1 team control
Carlos Monasterios 25 1.000 none 3 team control
Vicente Padilla 33 10.105 n/a n/a $3,000,000
Travis Schlichting 26 0.143 2009,2010 1 team control
Ramon Troncoso 28 2.080 2008,2010 1 team control
Luis Vasquez
25 0.000 none 3 team control
Catchers (4)
Player 2011 Age* Service Time Options Used Options Left 2011 Salary
Rod Barajas 35 10.000 n/a n/a $3,250,000
A.J. Ellis 30 1.062 2009,2010 1 team control
Hector Gimenez
28 1.016 2004,2005,2006 none team control
Dioner Navarro 27 5.045 2005,2010 1 $1,000,000
Infielders (9)
Player 2011 Age* Service Time Options Used Options Left 2011 Salary
Casey Blake 37 8.138 n/a n/a $5,250,000
Jamey Carroll 37 8.020 n/a n/a $2,500,000
Ivan DeJesus 24 0.000 2010 2 team control
Rafael Furcal 33 11.000 n/a n/a $12,000,000
Chin-lung Hu 27 1.016 2008,2009,2010 none team control
John Lindsey 34 0.028 none 3 team control
James Loney 27 4.012 n/a n/a arb eligible
Russ Mitchell 26 0.028 none 3 team control
Juan Uribe 31 9.090 n/a n/a $5,000,000
Outfielders (7)
Player 2011 Age* Service Time Options Used Options Left 2011 Salary
Andre Ethier 29 4.153 n/a n/a $9,250,000
Jay Gibbons 34 7.057 n/a n/a $650,000
Tony Gwynn Jr. 28 3.044 2006,2007,2008 none $675,000
Jamie Hoffmann 26 0.025 2009 2 team control
Matt Kemp 26 4.049 n/a n/a $7,100,000
Xavier Paul 26 1.041 2008,2009,2010 none team control
Trayvon Robinson 23 0.000 2010 2 team control
*age is as of June 30, 2011

I included the options for the applicable players. Some players, like Broxton, Kemp, Ethier, and Billingsley, for instance, have options remaining but it has been more than three years since their MLB debut. They would have to be exposed to waivers before being optioned, so in the extremely unlikely event they would be optioned, they would be claimed by several teams anyway, so it's a moot point.

Players with five years of service time have the right to refuse assignment to the minors, so in the event that the Dodgers would want to demote Dioner Navarro, he would have to approve the move.

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