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Dodgers sell Eric Stults to Japanese team

Mar 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

Eric Stults failed in his bid to be the Dodgers’ fifth starter and now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 30-year-old southpaw has been sold to the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.
While the destination is surprising the move isn’t, as the Dodgers were first rumored to be shopping Stults last week. He’s spent parts of the past four seasons in Los Angeles, compiling an 8-10 record and 4.84 ERA in 145 innings split between the rotation and bullpen.
After selling Stults to Japan and demoting James McDonald to Triple-A competition for the Dodgers’ final rotation spot is now down to Ramon Ortiz, Charlie Haeger, Russ Ortiz, and Carlos Monasterios. Ramon Ortiz is considered the favorite at age 37 despite not pitching in the majors since 2007 and not posting an ERA below 5.00 since 2004. And to think, Dodgers fans thought Vicente Padilla on Opening Day was bad …

  1. Ryan - Mar 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Stupid, dumb, retarded Dodgers. Did I mention stupid? This is a winnable division for Los Doyers and they run their offseason like they only have to play the Pirates and Gators Feeeeesh all year long. Here’s hoping they reach 500 this year.

  2. JoeT - Mar 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Ryan, you may or may not be a Dodger fan; hard to tell these days. Whether you are or not doesn’t matter. Why are you going all road rage. Except for weaknesses in left and third base the Dodgers have a team that should win their division. They could be better, but still they are much better than most teams. I’m not sure what your gripe is here. I have watched Stults pitch many times, and he doesn’t quite have what it takes to make it in the bigs. If the ownership question is resolved by mid-season that could make a difference.

  3. Preston - Mar 30, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Actually, all signs point to Haeger being the favorite (e.g. he’s continuing to start while Ortiz gets more 1 and 2 inning stints out of the pen, and Torre said they’re not worried about him pitching in Florida, which is the Dodgers’ first game in which they’ll need a 5th starter); Ramon Ortiz and Monasterios look like they’ll be in the bullpen. Like most, I’m very happy to see a knuckleballer get a chance, but I’m not terribly worried about Ramon Ortiz either – the Dodgers have a history of successful reclamation projects with older pitchers, including Jeff Weaver and Chan Ho Park in recent years.

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