August 2010

Dodgers Sign Ethier’s Brother

The Dodgers signed Devon Ethier, the 20-year-old brother of All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier. Devon Ethier is also an outfielder, taken in the 32nd round of the June First Year Player Draft. He played at Gateway Junior College in Arizona, where he hit .315 and stole 21 bases. He bats right-handed. – Ken Gurnick

Castro Return Historic

Juan Castro, re-signed to replace the injured Rafael Furcal, is the only player in franchise history to serve three separate stints in the organization after departing and playing for another Major League team each time. Giovanni Carrera did leave the organization twice and re-sign, but didn’t make it to the Major Leagues with another club between his stints in 2005 and 2006. — Ken Gurnick 

 

 

Interest in Guillen Lukewarm

Dodgers interest in Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen is believed to be lukewarm at best, despite an Internet report that the interest was strong. Guillen was designated for assignment last week and the Dodgers have no interest in trading for him and picking up any of the remaining $4 million he’s owed, even though the Giants are rumored to be after Guillen.

The Dodgers might get involved if and when Guillen becomes a free agent, especially if Manny Ramirez’s calf injury continues to linger.

There is baggage that comes with Guillern, who has worn out his welcome with seven clubs. Of course, the same was said for Vicente Padilla a year ago, but he’s turned into one of their best acquisitions in recent years. – Ken Gurnick

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