Apologies for passing along what is now stale old news, but the Dodgers won't be getting Rule 5 pick Alfredo Silverio back from the Marlins. The outfielder, sidelined by injuries for the last two seasons, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans by Miami.
Matt Eddy at Baseball America had more on Oct. 18:
Rule 5 pick Alfredo Silverio had a second career Tommy John surgery in July and now has missed the entire 2012 and ’13 seasons with serious injuries. That explains how the 26-year-old cleared waivers following his outright assignment, and why the Dodgers, with their outfield depth, did not spend the $25,000 necessary to buy back his rights. Silverio now faces no restrictions as a member of the Marlins organization, assuming he signs a minor league deal with them for 2014 rather than become a minor league free agent in November.
Silverio had a breakout season at age 24 in Double-A Chattanooga in 2011, hitting .306/.340/.542 for the Lookouts with 42 doubles, 18 triples and 16 home runs in 132 games. He was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster in November 2011 and was set for his first big league spring training camp in 2012.
But in January 2012 in the Dominican Republic Silverio suffered numerous injuries in a car crash. He had Tommy John surgery in May 2012 and was designated for assignment in November. In December the Marlins selected Silverio in the Rule 5 draft, but he was never healthy enough to play for them and needed another Tommy John surgery in July.
The Dodgers received $50,000 from the Marlins for Silverio and as Eddy noted could have paid $25,000 to have him back but decided against it.
Silverio's last game played was Sept. 4, 2011, with Chattanooga.