Major league free agency began in full force on Monday night, with big league players now able to sign with any team. But that is only part of the available talent out there, as there are at least 550 minor league free agents as well.
The Dodgers have 26 minor league free agents, pieced together through various transactions and with the great help of Matt Eddy at Baseball Ameica, who listed every minor league free agent now available.
Tony Gwynn Jr. heads the list of Dodgers minor league free agents. He finished up a two-year, $2 million contract this season, but played all of 2013 with Triple-A Albuquerque. Gwynn never rejoined the Dodgers, outside of a non-roster invitation to spring training this year, after getting designated for assignment in August 2012.
The Dodgers had success with one former Giants pitcher in Brian Wilson, but Jonathan Sanchez did not have similar results. He signed with the Dodgers on a minor league deal in May, but was 7-3 with a 5.13 ERA in 14 starts in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. The 31-year-old struck out 79 and walked 42 in 66⅔ innings.
Matt Wallach was drafted by the Dodgers in 2007, and joining him in free agency are fellow 2013 spring training non-roster invitees Juan Abreu, Matt Palmer, Kelvin De La Cruz, Brian Barden and Jeremy Moore. Barden was 15-for-29 during the spring but thanks to Yasiel Puig was simply the other Dodger to hit .517 in spring training.
Eliezer Alfonzo was invited to big league camp in 2013 but thanks to, among other things, Dengue fever was a no-show and ended up only in minor league camp.
Here is the full list of the Dodgers minor league free agents:
Right-handed pitchers (11): Angel Castro, Hector Nelo, Palmer, Abreu, Kyle Cofield, Blake Johnson, Anthony Ortega, Mario Santiago, Daniel Tamares, Luis Vasquez, Sean White
Left-handed pitchers (3): De La Cruz, Sanchez, Thomas Melgarejo
Catchers (4): Alfonzo, Wallach, Damaso Espino, J.R. Towles
Infielders (5): Rafael Ynoa, Sean Burroughs, Barden, Pedro Guerrero, Ryan Mount
Outfielders (3): Matt Angle, Gwynn, Moore