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2014 Dodgers review: Javy Guerra

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Javy Guerra didn't pitch for the Dodgers in the 2014 regular season, though he started the calendar year on the 40-man roster and was on the team through the end of the Arizona portion of spring training.

What went right

During spring training, Guerra allowed three runs (two earned) in eight innings.

After getting claimed by the White Sox at the end of March, Guerra put up a 2.91 ERA in 42 games for Chicago, with 38 strikeouts and 20 walks in 46⅓ innings.

Among all Dodgers with 100 career innings, Guerra's 129 ERA+ (from 2011-2013) is tied with Andy Messersmith, Paul Minner and Dazzy Vance for 23rd in franchise history.

What went wrong

While the Dodgers were busy last offseason signing former closers Brian Wilson and Chris Perez to a bullpen already heavy in closing experience, Guerra was still around entering spring training, his 29 saves for the Dodgers in 2011-2012 long since forgotten.

With six pitchers already on guaranteed deals, Guerra fell further down the Dodgers depth chart, and was designated for assignment on March 16 when the team set its travel roster for Australia.

"It is what it is," Guerra said. "I feel healthy. I came out of camp good, and we'll just keep moving forward."

He was claimed on waivers 10 days later by the White Sox, and was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte to start the season. He spent nearly two months in the minors before getting called up for good to Chicago on May 20.

2014 particulars

Age: 28

Salary: something slightly more than the minimum salary of $500,000; pro-rated for his time in the majors.

Game of the year

Since he was off the team before the season began, we'll go back to spring training for this one. Guerra retired all three batters he faced, including one by strikeout, against the Padres on March 15 in Cactus League play, the last game in which Guerra appeared in a Dodgers uniform.

Roster status

Guerra is on the White Sox 40-man roster, and with two years, 133 days of service time is eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" player, among the top 22 percent in service time for players with at least two but not yet three years of major league service time.