The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have acquired right-handed hitting outfielder Brady Clark and cash considerations from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Elmer Dessens, according to Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.
"Brady is a very versatile outfielder who will add depth to our club," said Colletti. "He’s shown that he can hit and that he can play all three outfield positions well. His character and work ethic will only add to the positive atmosphere in the clubhouse."
Brady Clark will be the fourth outfielder, the fact that he is right-handed was very important, since Jason Repko is facing season ending surgery. This trade will allow the Dodgers to keep young Matt Kemp (who also hits from the right side) and James Loney playing everyday in Las Vegas until they are need back in LA.
Look at the Brady Clark deal as nothing more than a quick fix. Clark remains a weak-hitting journeyman player at this point in his career. He will help the Dodgers more than he will your fantasy team. He should be avoided at draft time.
X-rays on Rafael Furcal’s ankle were negative. Jason "Hard Luck Life" Repko is back on crutches and will be having an MRI on his left hamstring. Pretty scary scene.
That said, at some point in late 2007 or 2008 he will become the Dodger de facto third baseman. He’s that good and his talent (25-30 Home Run Power) will win out in the end. Another good thing is that his shoulder appears to be healed (he had surgery at the end of last season). Look for him to open the season in Las Vegas.
For now, Wilson Betemit has the inside track on the position. Betemit, however, is far better suited for part-time utility work and his hold on the job is not iron clad. It’s very possible that Nomar will eventually see enough time over at third to qualify in most leagues since Grady Little will be trying to get first baseman James Loney’s potent bat into the line-up as often as possible.
Don’t draft Betemit as anything more than a role player, since there are better third base options out there, but do add LaRoche, if you are in a keeper league. He is going to be a good one
Brad Penny was scratched from his scheduled start against the Mets tonight because of right shoulder stiffness. An MRI reportedly showed no new structural damage. "I just don’t want to go into the season not feeling 100 percent," said Penny. "If this was the regular season, I wouldn’t miss it. It’s just a little stiff and I don’t want it to progress and get any worse and affect the next start." Penny has two starts remaining this spring and will be closely watched.