Most Dodger fans were a bit surprised when the Dodgers traded for right-hander Seth Rosin only moments after he had been selected by the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft from the Phillies on Thursday. After all, the Dodgers have several minor league prospects within their own farm system that are every bit as MLB-ready as is Rosin – including a couple who project out higher on the depth chart than the 25-year-old Fargo, ND native; guys like Jose Dominguez and Onelki Garcia who actually saw playing time for the Dodgers in 2013 and who would (or at least should) get more consideration to make the Dodgers opening day 25-roster out of spring training than should Rosin. And this doesn’t even take into account guys like Yimi Garcia, Jarret Martin and Red Patterson who are all very close to being MLB-ready – among others.
Why, then, did the Dodgers even go after Rosin?
This is yet another head-scratcher in the never-ending head-scratching world that is Ned Colletti.
One might understand the Rosin acquisition if he were a left-hander (baring the hopeful re-signing of J.P. Howell, that is), but Rosin in a right-hander, as are Dominguez, Yimi Garcia, and Red Patterson. Dominguez and Yimi Garcia are also younger than Rosin – 23 versus 25. (Left-handers Onelki Garcia and Jarret Martin are 24 and Red Patterson 26).
The flip side to all of this is that because the Dodgers acquired Rosin via trade from the Mets who Rule 5 Drafted him from the Phillies, the Dodgers most likely got him for the Rule 5 fee of $50,000 (and perhaps a little ‘thank you’ money to the Mets) and should Rosin not make the Dodgers’ opening day roster, they must offer him back to the Phillies for $25,000. If the Phillies do not want to pay the $25,000 to get Rosin back, the Dodgers can then send Rosin to one of their minor league affiliates – most likely Triple-A Albuquerque.
The bottom line is that if Rosin does not make the Dodgers’ opening day roster and the Phillies do not want him back, the Dodgers are only out $50,000 which, by today’s MLB standards, is a relatively small investment.