One year you're the opening day starting shortstop. The next you're designated for assignment.
Welcome to the world of
Sellers could field but not hit (.199 in parts of three seasons), and the Dodgers currently have their share of slick-fielding, questionable-hitting infielders, beginning now with Arruebarrena. And they just invested $25 million in him.
Sellers surprised most everyone with his hitting when first called up in the middle of the 2011 season, when he had a .278 average in his first 16 games. Alas, his offensive production had peaked.
But Sellers failed to make anything of his unexpected opportunity. He hit just .188 and was soon back in the minors, never — as it has turned out — to be seen again.
Sellers is 28 now and there isn't much upside. It's fairly amazing he hung around this long, not that he might not be back. If he isn't claimed, he could yet end up back at triple-A Albuquerque.