The Los Angeles Dodgers let a good one go in Seth Rosin.
Rosin was claimed by the Texas Rangers after he was put on waivers by the Dodgers earlier this week. I hope the Dodgers have a good explanation for this one because Rosin was well on his way to being a bright spot in the team’s bullpen. He ran through hitters throughout Spring Training, striking out 12 in 11 innings pitched and only surrendered two earned runs during that stretch.
The move to waive Rosin is even more puzzling when you look at the Dodgers’ bullpen situation in 2014. The team had many great young relievers vying for spots, but outside of Rosin, their results have been shaky at best. Jose Dominguez was also one of the early standouts in Spring Training this year, but after a rocky appearance in the Dodgers’ brief foray into the regular season and then being rocked against the Los Angeles Angels, it seems like Dominguez is destined to be spending his 2014 season in the minors.
It now seems more and more likely that Brandon League will take a bullpen spot for the team this year after an abysmal 2013 campaign and 2014 spring. With League, the Dodgers know what they have. Rosin, on the other hand, is a young and exciting pitcher who has endless possibilities. If he didn’t pan out in the regular season, the team could have released him then; but to give up on him before the regular season is simply ludicrous.
The Dodgers’ bullpen should still be stellar without Rosin, but with every earned run off of a reliever this year, I won’t help but wonder what Rosin would have done in that situation. Congratulations Texas, you’ve got yourself a great pitcher.