The Dodgers today signed Clayton Kershaw to a contract. Sadly, it wasn't a multi-year contract, but the opening day starter did sign a one-year deal for $500,000, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Kershaw will be arbitration eligible next season, when the big bucks start to roll in.
The Dodgers now have 21 players under contract for 2011 for a total of $92.55 million (that includes the entirety of Jay Gibbons' $650,000 contract, of which the MLB minimum of $414,000 is guaranteed). The Dodgers also signed 18 others today to contracts for 2011, all players with under three years of service time. Everyone on the 40-man roster is now signed for 2011, including catcher Hector Gimenez, who signed a minor league deal back in November and was added to the 40-man roster a few days later.
One of the 19 Dodgers to get a 2011 contract today was Ronald Belisario, who is still absent from camp. The Dodgers simply renewed his contract, which is essentially the club saying, "here is your salary, you have no say in the matter." Belisario, as a player with under three years of service time, doesn't have any say, as long as the salary conforms with MLB rules, i.e. a paycut of no more than 20% (Belisario's salary last year was $412,500), and at least the major league minimum of $414,000. The Dodgers also placed Belisario on the restricted list.
In case you didn't read yesterday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has the latest in the McCourt vs. McCourt battle. Josh Fisher breaks down the demands made by Jamie McCourt in great detail on Dodger Divorce as well.
But there is no better synopsis of the entire affair than Jon Weisman's equating Frank McCourt with Charlie Sheen, on Dodger Thoughts:
One of Sheen's most memorable lines came when he was railing against Alcoholics Anonymous, saying that it is for "people that are not special, people who do not have tiger blood and Adonis DNA." Charlie Sheen believes he has tiger blood. And though he would never say it like this, I suspect that in his own way, Frank McCourt believes he has tiger blood too.
Over the past 15 months, McCourt has seemed unshakable in his belief that what he's doing is right. That what he's doing is best for his children. That anything one might call a mistake or selfishness is, at worst, a means to an end. That the people who question him simply don't understand. That he will be vindicated. That because he's been a winner in the past, he'll be a winner in the future. Even when he's ridden on the edge of the cliff.
On the field, the Dodgers, now with 100% more Royals. Gibbons missed four days worth of games with the flu, but is back today, on his 34th birthday., return to Camelback Ranch today to host the
Ted Lilly was supposed to start today, but he now has the flu so he was scratched. Tim Redding, who was scheduled to pitch after Lilly anyway, will start instead, which makes Redding the first Dodger pitcher to make two starts this spring. Redding will be followed on the mound by Carlos Monasterios, Scott Elbert, Ramon Troncoso, and Luis Vasquez.
Jeff Francis, longtime member of the Colorado Rockies, gets the start for Kansas City. Other Royals' pitchers scheduled today are Sean O'Sullivan, John Lamb, Brandon Sisk, Greg Holland, Blake Wood, and Kevin Pucetas. Both Francis and O'Sullivan are scheduled to pitch two innings, per Dick Kaegel of MLB.com.
Tommy Davis will throw out the first pitch today at Camelback Ranch.
The Dodgers and White Sox will play a "B" game tomorrow at 10 a.m., on the White Sox side of Camelback Ranch. All the players on the Dodgers will be minor leaguers, except for Lilly, who plans to pitch in the game, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
The family of Duke Snider will hold a private memorial service on March 12. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Fallbrook Union High School Baseball Program c/o Fallbrook Baseball ASB, 2234 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028.
Game Time: 12:05 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket, MLB Network (MLB-N delayed, 6 p.m.)