Dodgers add three pitchers to 40-man, sign four to minor league deals

The Dodgers’ 2014 home opener will take place on April 4 against the San Francisco Giants.
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The Dodgers got busy with their off-season roster shuffle Wednesday, adding three pitchers to their 40-man.

Right-handers Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia and left-hander Jarret Martin were added to the roster. The Dodgers also announced the signings of catcher J.C. Boscan, infielders Brendan Harris and Clint Robinson and left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos to minor league contracts with an invitation to spring training.

None of these moves appears significant now, but someone always emerges from these fairly anonymous off-season maneuvers to see decent playing time.

Baez, 25, is another of those position players converted to pitcher. He just completed his first year as a pitcher after spending his first six seasons as an infielder. He went a combined 3-3 with a 3.88 earned-run average in 48 games with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.

Garcia, 23, was a Double-A Southern League All-Star in 2013, going 4-6 with 19 saves and a 2.54 ERA in 49 games. He held opponents to a .164 batting average while striking out 85 and walking 14 in 60.1 innings.

Martin, 24, combined to go 6-7 with two saves and a 4.30 ERA in 40 games (14 starts) with Rancho Cucamonga and Chattanooga. He had a 2.77 combined ERA in his 26 relief appearances this season, including a 1.69 mark in 11 games during a late-season promotion to Chattanooga.

Harris, 33, is a candidate for one of the utility spots that opened up after Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker took their scrappiness elsewhere. Most recently with the Angels, for whom he hit .206, Harris can play all four infield positions. In parts of eight seasons, he’s hit .252 with a .314 on-base percentage.

The Dodgers now have 34 players on their 40-man roster.