The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed reliever Matt Guerrier, formerly of the Minnesota Twins, to a three-year, $12 million contract.

Dodgers Sign Reliever Matt Guerrier To Three-Year, $12 Million Deal

Guerrier has pitched in 70 or more games in each of the past four seasons.

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Dodgers Make Matt Guerrier Contract Official

The Los Angeles Dodgers today finalized their three-year deal with Matt Guerrier, locking him up for a total of $12 million through 2013. The right-handed reliever pitched previously for the Minnesota Twins, where he was 19-25 with a 3.38 ERA in 472 innings from 2004-2010. Guerrier was 5-7 with a 3.17 ERA in 74 games for Minnesota last season, and has pitched in at least 73 games in each of the last four seasons.

"Matt gives us depth in the bullpen as he’s proven to be a strong performer on a team that contends year in and year out," said general manager Ned Colletti. "He’s willing to take the ball in any situation and his track record speaks for itself. We’re excited to have him in the late innings for the next few seasons." The 32-year-old Guerrier figures to slide behind Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo in the bullpen pecking order, pitching primarily the seventh and eighth innings.

Per Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, the contract will be paid out as follows:

  • 2011: $1.5 million
  • 2012: $4.75 million
  • 2013: $4.75 million
  • 2014: $1 million (part of deferred signing bonus)

Guerrier is the sixth pitcher acquired by the Dodgers this offseason. Starters Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda and Jon Garland all signed free agent deals, while Vicente Padilla signed an incentive-laden one-year deal to fill a hybrid role of reliever and spot starter as needed. The Dodgers also traded Ryan Theriot to the St. Louis Cardinals for Blake Hawksworth, who is out of options and figures to have the inside track for a spot in the bullpen heading into spring training. The signing of Guerrier gives the Dodgers 41 players on their 40-man roster, meaning they will have to make a corresponding roster move to make room for Guerrier. That move hasn't been announced yet.

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Dodgers Sign Matt Guerrier To Three-Year, $12 Million Contract

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their offseason quest to acquire as much pitching as humanly possible, agreeing to terms with reliever Matt Guerrier, formerly of the Minnesota Twins, on a three-year deal worth $12 million. Guerrier was a Type A free agent but, because he was not offered arbitration by the Twins, the Dodgers will not lose their 2011 second-round draft pick as compensation. This offseason, the Dodgers have signed pitchers Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland, Vicente Padilla, and now Guerrier.

The 32-year old right-hander was 5-7 with a 3.17 ERA for the Twins last season, appearing in 74 games. Guerrier has appeared in at least 73 games in each of the last four seasons, and his 302 total games pitched in the last four years is second in MLB only to left-handed specialist Pedro Feliciano. Guerrier has seen his strikeout rate decline in the last two seasons, from 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings in 2008 to 5.5 in 2009, then 5.3 in 2010. His career strikeout rate is 5.9 whiffs per nine innings.

The Dodgers payroll is now estimated to be roughly $110 million, including salary deferrals. The deal isn't yet official, as Guerrier will have to first pass a physical. In addition, the Dodgers currently have 40 players on their 40-man roster, meaning they will have to remove a player to make room for Guerrier. The most likely roster casualty will be John Lindsey, 16-year minor league veteran who finally received his major league cup of coffee in September.

For more Dodgers winter meetings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Sign Dioner Navarro To One-Year, $1 Million Deal

On the same day their former catcher Russell Martin signed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers brought back a name from the past, signing catcher Dioner Navarro to a one-year, $1 million contract. Navarro caught for the Dodgers in 2005, and began 2006 as the starter until injuring his wrist early in the season. Martin, then a rookie, took over and the job was his for the better part of five years, while Navarro was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays later that season.

Navarro was an American League All-Star in 2008 for the Rays, but has struggled since. Since the beginning of the 2009 season, Navarro hit just .212/.263/.306 and ultimately lost his job in Tampa to John Jaso. Navarro was left off the Rays' postseason roster, and he left the team as a result. Navarro made $2.1 million in 2010, and was eligible for salary arbitration, but the Rays did not tender Navarro a contract on December 2, making him a free agent.

"We know Dioner well from his previous stint in Los Angeles and we are comfortable with how he handles a pitching staff," said general manager Ned Colletti. "He’s a solid Major League catcher and we’re looking forward to his contributions behind the plate next season."  Navarro is expected to split time with Rod Barajas, who signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract last month.

The Dodgers now have 40 players on their 40-man roster.

For more Dodgers winter meetings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Re-Sign Vicente Padilla To One-Year Contract

The Los Angeles Dodgers today finalized their one-year contract with Vicente Padilla, bringing back the pitcher for a dual role in 2011. "Vicente’s flexibility and willingness to be in whatever role we may need him in was very important to us," said General Manager Ned Colletti. "We believe he is capable of filling practically any role on our staff and we are very glad to have him back." The contract calls for a $2 million base salary with a series of performance incentives, up to $8 million via starting and up to $6 million in relief incentives, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Padilla was picked up by the Dodgers in August 2009 after being released by the Rangers. He pitched well down the stretch, and even won two playoff games that fall for the Dodgers. He returned on a one-year, $5.025 million deal in 2010. Padilla pitched well, going 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA, but was limited to 95 innings, placed on the disabled list two times for an irritated radial nerve in his right forearm and a bulging disc in his neck, respectively.

The Dodgers have already signed three starting pitchers this offseason, giving them five established starters in Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly, and Jon Garland. Padilla is expected to have a hybrid role, pitching both in short stints out of the bullpen and occasional spot starts. Padilla has made just one relief appearance in his last nine seasons, starting 237 of his last 238 games.

The signing of Padilla brings the Dodgers' 40-man roster to 38 players, although that number will rise to 40 once the contracts of outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. and catcher Dioner Navarro are finalized.

For more Dodgers winter meetings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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MLB Winter Meetings Day 1: Prince Fielder To Dodgers Rumor Sizzles, Then Fizzles

Monday was the opening day of baseball's winter meetings, and surprisingly, some of the biggest noise came from the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, day one was ultimately full of sound signifying nothing. Given that the Dodgers made several moves prior to the meetings, which are held in Orlando, Florida this year, they were expected to not make a big splash this week. So, when a report from Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles said the Dodgers were, according to sources, in talks with the Milwaukee Brewers to acquire Prince Fielder, it was quite a bombshell.

According to Jackson, the Dodgers were discussing trading first baseman James Loney and closer Jonathan Broxton to Milwaukee for Fielder. This was quickly supported by many online Dodger fans, which was the first sign the the deal was too good to be true. The move was quickly shot down by several sources, which makes sense given that, if the Brewers were to trade Fielder, they would likely want a starting pitcher in return rather than a reliever.

In other news, Loney has drawn interest from the Cubs (per ESPN Chicago), and the Nationals, per Bill Ladson of MLB.com. However, per Ladson, Dodgers general manager aimed high, asking for both pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond.

The expected move by the Dodgers is to go after a right-handed hitting outfielder, and in that regard Matt Diaz is on the Dodgers radar, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Diaz makes sense in that he has hit .335/.373/.533 in his career against lefties. Presumably, Diaz would platoon with Jay Gibbons in left field for the Dodgers. Gurnick also reported the Dodgers were interested in reliever Jeremy Accardo, and Jayson Stark of ESPN said reliever Matt Guerrier was also targeted by the Dodgers.

The lesson of day one of the winter meetings: if it's too good to be true, it probably isn't true.

For more Dodgers winter meetings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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MLB Winter Meetings: Active Dodgers In Search Of Outfielder

The Los Angeles Dodgers head into the MLB winter meetings with the majority of their offseason moves already made. From the moment the season has ended, the Dodgers have been baseball's busiest team, seeking to improve on their 80-82 record in 2010. Here is a summary of where the Dodgers are at heading into the baseball winter meetings, which begin Monday in Orlando, Florida.

Additions already made: SP Ted Lilly, SP Hiroki Kuroda, SP Jon Garland, 2B Juan Uribe, C Rod Barajas, OF/1B Jay Gibbons, P Blake Hawksworth

Key Departures: C Russell Martin

Payroll: The Dodgers have already committed at least $27.9 million in 2011 salary to free agent signings this offseason, and have an estimated 2011 payroll of roughly $105 million with the current roster.

What to expect: The Dodgers have their lineup pretty much set, except for left field. General manager Ned Colletti has stated that Jay Gibbons, Xavier Paul, and Jamie Hoffmann could rotate time in left field, but expect the Dodgers to be active in acquiring a left fielder. While a low-level signing like Scott Podsednik is much more likely than trading for an impact bat like Josh Willingham of the Washington Nationals, expect the Dodgers to actively seek a left fielder.

The Dodgers will also look to make some minor moves, like signing an experience reliever, preferably left-handed, or even signing a catcher to split time with Rod Barajas. A.J. Ellis is the incumbent backup catcher, but given the lack of organizational depth at catcher, look for the Dodgers to sign another backstop this winter. There has even been talk of Martin returning in some sort of super utility role, but that seems unlikely given his cost, his hip injury, and the fact that his bat won't play at any position but catcher.

For more Dodgers winter meetings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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