The Dodgers have already made the decision to release the trio of Juan Rivera, Matt Treanor, and Todd Coffey. Each will receive a buyout of $3.5 million, $800,000, and $2.2 million, respectively.
Add it all up, and it's savings of $6.5 million. Don't expect the Dodgers to hold onto that money for too long.
I can't really say these were tough decisions, as all three were pretty much forgotten about by the end of the year. I do like how Rivera played hard no matter if he was playing outfield or first base. He only hit .244 with 9 homers and 47 RBIs while appearing in 109 games last season. Once Shane Victorino and Adrian Gonzalez were brought in, he was a man without a position. About the only reason he played from September on was because Victorino slumped.
Still, it was obvious he is on the decline, as he's no longer the feared power hitter he once was. At least he went out with a bang, hitting a two-run homer in last at-bat of the season.
Treanor backed up A.J. Ellis, but only appeared in 36 games, hitting .175 with 2 homers and 10 RBIs. There's no way he could have envisioned such little playing time coming into the season considering Ellis was largely unproven. However, Ellis caught fire to start the year, and never got hurt. In turn, that only hurt Treanor. At least his wife is a gold medalist (volleyball star Misty May Treanor, in case you've forgotten).
Coffey only pitched in 23 games before blowing out his elbow, leading to Tommy John surgery #2 in his career. He was terrible, too, with a 4.66 ERA.