Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Rudy Seanez is back for more

The always durable Rudy Seanez has resigned with the Dodgers for 1-year/$550,000. The selling point is that he will enter the season in the majors, and not as a minor leaguer.

After floating around from 2004-2006 with the Royals, Marlins, Red Sox, and Padres, he managed to be a nice addition to LA last year. In 76 innings, he went 6-3, 3.79 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 73 K's. Not bad for a guy that was barely factored into the season-long plans. Since Dodger pitchers have a habit of getting banged up, any decent arm can help.

With the bullpen needs addressed with the signings of Seanez, Beimel, Proctor, and invites to Tom Martin and Mike Myers, arguably, the last area of need is a lefty pinch-hitter. The first option is resigning Mark Sweeney, who is in 2nd place in the all-time pinch-hits list. The other is Tony Clark, the power-hitter who was most recently with the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's a toss-up there. One can get you the clutch single to keep the inning going, the other can hit a game-changing home run. Either one would be a nice addition.

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